December 2019

Lessons

Beyond Blues: What Would Jimmy Raney Do?

August 10, 2019
A deep look into how a master combined hard bop with soulful swing.
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Intro to CAGED Chords

August 3, 2019
Learn a sure-fire way to map out every major or minor chord in any key.
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Joe Gore’s Subversive Guitarist: Animated Octave Leaps

July 27, 2019
Subvert muscle memory and discover fresh ideas.
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The “Stairway” Progression

July 13, 2019
Zeppelin might be the most famous case, but plenty of songwriters have borrowed these infamous chords.
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Why You Should Keep a Guitar Journal

July 6, 2019
Our musical brains can be deep, but messy. Here’s how to organize it all.
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Riff Rundown: Paul Gilbert "I Own a Building"

June 30, 2019
Watch as the guitar master slows down and simplifies the bonkers opening progression to a song off his 2019 album, Behold Electric Guitar (and has a blast doing it).
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One-Shape Blues

June 29, 2019
A few simple chords is all it takes.
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Riff Rundown: Lost Dog Street Band's "One Shot to Wake"

June 23, 2019
Train-hopping troubadour Benjamin Tod showcases how he spruces up cowboy chords with some deft fingerpicking.
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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: The Devil’s in the Dynamics

June 22, 2019
How close can you get to silence? What happens when you play so hard that you worry about damaging your guitar?
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Chromatic CAGED

June 15, 2019
Having the ability to artfully add those "in-between" notes is a cornerstone of jazz guitar. Here’s how you do it.
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Mort, Death’s Apprentice: Hate Eternal’s Stacked Tritones

June 8, 2019
What’s more evil-sounding than the Devil’s interval?
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The Two Commandments of Shredding Chromatics

June 2, 2019
Look beyond playing the “right” notes.
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Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Arluck"

May 26, 2019
The guitar architect demonstrates how to play the first single off the instrumental-metal band's forthcoming album, Blood Year.
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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: How to Practice Without a Guitar

May 25, 2019
You don’t need a fretboard to expand your fingerings.
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Did Robben Ford Invent a Scale?

May 18, 2019
Of course not. But he sure makes it sound good.
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Beyond Blues: The Mixo-Pentatonic Scale

May 11, 2019
Ditch the clichés and discover new ways to use an old friend.
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Funk Guitar in One Chord Shape or Less

May 4, 2019
Yes, you can get funky with a single chord shape.
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Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: Don’t Think Scales—Think Sequences!

April 27, 2019
Try this technically challenging workout that liberates you from muscle-memory habits.
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Decoding Django’s Gypsy Chords

April 20, 2019
Investigate one of the most under-appreciated elements of Gypsy jazz by grabbing a fistful of new chord shapes and ideas.
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Sitar Rock: A Guide to Big Bends and South Asian Riffs

April 13, 2019
Insert haunting psychedelia into your music by taking inspiration from sitar masters.
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