January 2019

Lessons

Fretboard Workshop: Soloing with Triads

January 19, 2019
Think triads are boring? Try a few of these improv ideas.
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Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: Learning to Love Flat Keys

January 12, 2019
They’re not necessary evils—they’re opportunities.
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Twang 101: Hank Garland’s Nashville Jazz

January 5, 2019
Learn how to pick like one of the early pioneers of sophisticated jazz-influenced country guitar.
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Top 10 Riff Rundowns of 2018

December 30, 2018
From Alter Bridge to Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Melvins, and more—your favorite clips of guitar greats breaking down their own iconic licks.
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Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "Judith"

December 23, 2018
Guitarist Billy Howerdel provides some tuning tips (spoiler: it's in standard) and goes through all the phases of the Mer De Noms smash hit.
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Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: A State of Gliss

December 22, 2018
Slide your way to more expressive playing.
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How Did Lenny Breau Do That?

December 15, 2018
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of how one of the most wildly inventive guitarists of his generation combined taste, technique, and an overwhelming sense of melody into a jaw-dropping package.
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How to Jam Out Like the Ramones

December 8, 2018
It’s way more than just power chords and long hair.
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Riff Rundown: Alter Bridge's "In Loving Memory"

December 2, 2018
The popular song (and unusual fingerpicking pattern) off the band's 2004 debut, One Day Remains, is simplified by creator Mark Tremonti.
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Cowabunga! A Beginner’s Guide to Surf Guitar

December 1, 2018
Crank up the ’verb and give that whammy bar a workout.
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Twang 101: The Bakersfield Sound

November 24, 2018
Learn how to cop the trademark sounds of country music’s California rebels.
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Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

November 18, 2018
The APC guitarist builds the 6-string parts that form the feedback-rich single from 2018's Eat the Elephant.
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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: Power to the Pinky!

November 17, 2018
Get bigger sounds from your smallest finger.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Open-String Triplet in G

November 13, 2018
Here’s how to play an impressive triplet-based run that combines ringing open strings with hybrid picking.
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Mort, Death’s Apprentice: Gothenburg Metal Riffs

November 10, 2018
Bands like In Flames, At the Gates, and Dark Tranquility created a subgenre of death metal that combined low-tuned riffs, harmonized leads, and plenty of chunk.
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Fretboard Workshop: Know Your Chords

November 3, 2018
It’s about time you really deal with getting around the neck—in any key.
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Riff Rundown: Tremonti's "Unable to See"

October 28, 2018
The Alter Bridge guitar star breaks down the fingerpicking pattern used on his solo single from Dust.
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Jazz Chords Made Simple

October 27, 2018
Afraid of “complex” jazz chords? Just strip them down.
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What the Ell? My Slide Guitar Journey

October 13, 2018
Learning how to learn is an invaluable, yet often-overlooked skill. Here’s how a country superstar took the scary leap into slide guitar.
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