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Twang 101: Scotty Anderson’s Double-Stop Sorcery

September 15, 2018
Blazing double-stop licks and a unique picking style are hallmarks of one of today’s most underrated guitar pickers.
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Journey Out West: A Western Swing Primer

September 8, 2018
Since the early days of Bob Wills swinging away in Texas dance halls, this genre has combined elements of blues, jazz, country, and more. Here’s how to nail its timeless sound.
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Sweet Soul Music

September 1, 2018
Prolific performer and teacher Shawn Persinger teaches you how to get inside the sounds of Cropper, Jamerson, Dupree, and more.
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Twang 101: Vince Gill

August 25, 2018
Very few country stars have the chops, skill, and taste of this award-winning picker, singer, and songwriter. Here’s a look at how to cop his cosmic Tele vibe.
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The Subversive Guitarist: Mindful Vibrato

August 18, 2018
Shake it like you mean it.
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Riff Rundown: Melvins' "Edgar the Elephant"

August 12, 2018
Buzz Osborne, Jeff Pinkus, and Steven McDonald break down their individual parts before combining powers for a thunderous performance of the A Walk with Love & Death track.
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What the Ell? How to Keep Your Chops Up on the Road

August 11, 2018
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or weekend warrior, here are a few essential exercises to keep you on top of your game.
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Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Roots Remain"

August 5, 2018
Bill Kelliher elaborates on how he uses open notes, bends, and hammer-ons for this Emperor of Sand track.
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How Yngwie Malmsteen Unleashes the Fury

August 4, 2018
So how exactly does the undisputed king of neo-classical shred do his thing? It’s mostly a combination of magic, dragons, and some hellacious picking.
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Twang 101: How to Solo over “Folsom Prison Blues”

July 28, 2018
Develop a strategy to methodically work through the changes of Johnny Cash’s classic jam.
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Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Telos"

July 22, 2018
Dustie Waring challenges your picking-hand efficiency with this ripping speed-metal number off The Parallax II: Future Sequence.
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The Subversive Guitarist: Trapped in a Box!

July 21, 2018
Do you feel like you play the same things every time you pick up the guitar? This exclusive new PG column by Joe Gore can help.
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Stoppin’ on a Dime: Using Double- and Triple-Stops to Enhance Your Grooves

July 14, 2018
Get on the good foot with a handful of soulful, gospel-inspired riffs from Snarky Puppy’s guitarist.
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Lonesome Chords: A Simple Song Opens Harmonic Doors

July 7, 2018
Hank Williams' classic country tune offers inspiring ways to tweak and expand a chord progression.
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Mark Knopfler’s Fingerstyle Finesse

June 23, 2018
Who needs a pick? Explore the right-hand magic of one of the most influential guitarists from across the pond.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Tommy Emmanuel-Inspired Pull-Off Riff

June 19, 2018
Wrap your mitts around a shockingly easy pentatonic pattern that the Aussie flattop master uses on numbers such as "Classical Gas."
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Digging Deeper: Steve Lukather’s Fantastic Chromatics

June 16, 2018
Toto’s legendary guitarist can move from ear-twisting triplet licks to soaring bends at the flick of a pick.
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Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel's "One Mint Julep"

June 10, 2018
The Certified Guitar Player confesses to some "petty theft" and demostrates tricks he's taken from Chet Atkins and Robert Johnson and applies it to the classic Clovers song.
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Drone Logic: Learn to Play Slide Guitar in Tune

June 9, 2018
Five ways Indian-inspired drones can help you improve your intonation.
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Obsessive Progressive: John Petrucci

June 2, 2018
Progressive metal’s most influential guitarist combines immaculate picking technique with aggressive tones to create the most technically demanding licks around.
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