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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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Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Sultan's Curse"

May 27, 2018
Guitarist Bill Kelliher slows down and articulates the nuances to the band's Grammy-winning single from 2017's Emperor of Sand.
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What The Ell? Lessons I Learned from Recreating John Mayer’s 'Continuum'

May 26, 2018
Discover how a daunting homework assignment unlocked creativity and musicianship while helping country superstar Lindsay Ell find her own voice.
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Beyond Blues: Nail Those Changes!

May 19, 2018
Fishing around for some new ideas to enhance your blues licks? Check out this step-by-step approach that covers everything from guide tones to scales.
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Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "The Coma Machine"

May 13, 2018
You may need a neck adjustment after BTBAM axeman Paul Waggoner shows off the main riffer from 2015's Coma Ecliptic.
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Dr. Molly’s Guitar Lab: The Badass Riffs of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

May 12, 2018
One of rock guitar’s pioneers could tear through double-stops, chromatic riffs, and fiery triplets with grace and attitude.
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On Bass: Entering the Reggae Trance

May 7, 2018
Stirring up your skill set with some reggae technique will do plenty more than simply allow you to play the genre.
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Riff Rundown - Killswitch Engage's "My Last Serenade"

May 6, 2018
Soft-spoken metal hero Joel Stroetzel slows down a sick pattern that only sounds difficult.
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Obsessive Progressive: Opeth

May 5, 2018
Rhythmic intensity and beautiful, crunchy dissonance fuel the prog-metal stylings of one of Sweden’s heaviest exports.
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Riff Rundown: Peter Frampton's "Breaking All the Rules"

April 29, 2018
Watch the British guitar hero play the main lick off the self-titled track from his 1981 album, Breaking All the Rules.
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Digging Deeper: Jazz Piano Chords for Guitar

April 28, 2018
Take inspiration from Herbie, Chick, McCoy, and more by copping a few finger-stretching voicings.
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Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel's "Saturday Night Shuffle"

April 22, 2018
The Aussie fingerstyle wiz details how he adds a little Scott Joplin flair to cover the Merle Travis classic that's featured on his 2018 album, Accomplice One.
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What the Ell? How to Make the Most of 4 Chords

April 21, 2018
One of Nashville’s bona fide hitmakers shares secrets to making stock progressions pop.
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Riff Rundown: Cave In's "Moral Eclipse"

April 15, 2018
The Mutoid Man riff leader showcases a headbanger that helped bridge the gap between hardcore and metal.
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Workin’ Man Blues: Moving into the Country

April 14, 2018
The path from ripping electric blues to snappy twang is shorter than you might think. An in-demand Nashville player dishes out a few hands-on tips for getting your country chops together.
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Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Blot"

April 8, 2018
Guitarist Paul Waggoner provides the fretting-hand recipe to nail the lead single off BTBAM's new album, Automata I.
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Obsessive Progressive: Open-String Chords

April 7, 2018
Add ethereal layers to your chord progressions by inserting a few carefully selected open strings.
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Riff Rundown: Killswitch Engage's "Self Revolution"

April 1, 2018
Joel Stroetzel provides the tips on how to properly nail the main part to a ripping song off of Alive or Just Breathing.
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How to Use Triads

March 31, 2018
These three-note chords are the most underrated tools in your guitar-playing kit. Here’s why.
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Riff Rundown: All Them Witches' "Am I Going Up?"

March 26, 2018
Ben McLeod shows how a dotted-eighth-note delay and some hybrid picking brought to life this fun little run featured on Sleeping Through the War.
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