June Issue

Lessons

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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Good Times, Odd Times: A Guide to Unusual Note Groupings

March 24, 2018
You don't have to be a math major to escape the predictable and inject some excitement and variety into your lines.
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What Bohlinger Plays: The Best Turnaround Ever

March 20, 2018
How to play a deceptively simple—and impressive—turnaround that uses hybrid picking.
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Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel on Jerry Reed's "The Claw"

March 18, 2018
The Aussie fingerstyle wiz walks us through—and thankfully slows down—a bevy of Reed-inspired moves he's used over the years.
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The Tao of Jeff Beck

March 17, 2018
Here's a crash course in how one of the most eclectic and influential guitarists of all time developed a unique vocabulary through speedy rockabilly licks, fuzzed-out melodies, and an otherworldly use of the vibrato bar.
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Riff Rundown: Killswitch Engage's "Hate by Design"

March 11, 2018
Guitarist Joel Stroetzel demonstrates how to play the main verse part to the lead single off Incarnate.
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Make Moves Like Metheny

March 10, 2018
You don't have to want to play like a jazz legend to practice like one.
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Riff Rundown: Peter Frampton's "I Saved a Bird Today"

March 4, 2018
The British guitar hero demonstrates his Django-inspired 2017 single, plus the riff from his '76 smash "Do You Feel Like We Do."
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The Envelope, Please!

March 3, 2018
It’s awards season, so we hand out some totally fictitious ones to honor some of the most deserving scales, techniques, and discoveries over the last year.
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Riff Rundown: All Them Witches' "When God Comes Back"

February 25, 2018
Ben McLeod deconstructs the monstrous guitar part that kickstarts side A of Lightning at the Door.
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What the Ell? How to Write Your First Song

February 24, 2018
Country star and certified guitar geek Lindsay Ell shares some advice on how to finish that first song. Bonus: She shares the first song she ever wrote.
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Riff Rundown: Mutoid Man's "Kiss of Death"

February 18, 2018
Shredmeister general Stephen Brodsky breaks down the main guitar part for the band's most popular song off War Moans.
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Rhythm Rules: 8 Ways to Navigate a 12-Bar Blues

February 17, 2018
These inventive riffs might make your next blues jam a bit more exciting.
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Eclectic Effecting 101: How to Use Stock Pedals to Unlock New Sounds

February 10, 2018
A hands-on guide to using chains of pedals to create enigmatic, spooky, and downright crazy sounds.
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Riff Rundown: Young the Giant's "Waves"

February 3, 2018
Guitarist Jacob Tilley details the simple-but-catchy fingerpicking pattern behind their single off of Mind Over Matter.
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Digging Deeper: Curtis Mayfield

January 20, 2018
A unique tuning, ingenious use of intervals, and some deft wah work all combine to create some of the most soulful rhythm parts ever recorded.
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