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Lessons

Elliott Sharp

Tapping Into Chaos

April 18, 2020
Investigate the intricacies of Elliott Sharp—a modern, boundary-pushing, percussive acoustic master.
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August Burns Red

Riff Rundown: August Burns Red's "Paramount"

April 12, 2020
JB Brubaker provides the fretboard framework to master the metalcore giant's third single off the 2020 album Guardians.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Nashville Number System

April 11, 2020
It’s a secret language that will help you become a better musician—even if you live outside of Music City.
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Covet Nero

Riff Rundown: Covet's "Nero"

April 7, 2020
Guitar phenom and joyous human Yvette Young shows you all the complex parts and nimble fingertapping moves wrapped up in Covet's first single from their forthcoming album technicolor.
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Ozzy

Ozzy’s Guitar Army: Unlock the Solos of Randy, Jake, and Zakk

April 4, 2020
From neo-classical riffs to pure shred and finally Southern rock on steroids, these three guitarists held it down for Ozzy for more than 30 years.
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Pino

Palm-Mute Like Pino

March 28, 2020
What does it take to be an R&B bass icon? Here’s how Pino Palladino changed the game.
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Subversive Guitarist

Should You Learn to Read Music?

March 21, 2020
It’s a complicated calculus, with no hard-and-fast rules.
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then comes dudley

Riff Rundown: The Jesus Lizard's "Then Comes Dudley"

March 15, 2020
Jagged guitar mastermind Duane Denison unpacks the simple-but-tricky chords and timing of the menacing anti-hero anthem off Goat.
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Last Dance With Dorian

Last Dance with Dorian

March 14, 2020
It all started with a Fender Champ and a three-chord rock anthem.
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Double Stops

The Secret to Dissonant Double-Stops

March 7, 2020
Not all harmonies need to be “pretty.”
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Deep Purple

The Melodic Side of Ritchie Blackmore

February 29, 2020
The legendary guitarist not only wrote one of the most famous riffs of all time, he pioneered a style that gave birth to legions of shredders.
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Subversive

Mutant Folk Fingerpicking

February 22, 2020
A funky fingerstyle challenge that starts with Travis picking and then warps it beyond recognition.
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Spy Guitar

Spy Guitar Essentials

February 15, 2020
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn, understand, and incorporate the musical characteristics found in countless spy-film soundtracks.
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Phrygian

The Happy Side of the Phrygian Scale

February 8, 2020
Don’t let this often misunderstood scale lead you down the “wrong” path.
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chon - gift

Riff Rundown: Chon's "Gift"

February 2, 2020
The guitar duo slow down their finger-tapping firepower and break apart the outstretched chords that bring the Chon song to life.
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Nashville Charts

How to Learn a Song Like a Nashville Pro

February 1, 2020
Here’s a fool-proof process for systematically embedding a song in your soul.
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Subversive

How Much Can You Say with a Single-Note Line?

January 25, 2020
Let’s consult J.S. Bach! Don’t know a partita from a fajita? No worries.
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as cities burn - chains

Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Chains"

January 19, 2020
Guitarist Cody Bonnette uses drop-C# tuning and a simple walk-up to trigger the lead single off 2019's Scream Through the Walls.
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BTBAM-Famine Wolf

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Famine Wolf"

January 12, 2020
Dustie Waring shows how an excellent string-skipping warm-up routine doubles as a blazing opener for the Coma Ecliptic track.
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Twang

The Unsung Heroes of Twang Guitar

January 11, 2020
It’s all about melody, reverb, and loud amps.
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