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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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Riff Rundown: The Toadies' "Possum Kingdom"

January 15, 2018
In our premiere of a new video series, alt-rock veteran Clark Vogeler shows you how to play the main riff of their '90s anthem.
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Obsessive Progressive: Periphery

January 13, 2018
What do you get when you combine three fiercely unique metalheads with a love for down-tuned guitars, crushing rhythms, and a passion for odd-meter time signatures?
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Ditch the Pick: Exploring the Tone in Your Hands

January 6, 2018
Don’t be afraid to embrace the freedom of playing fingerstyle—and the myriad tones that it produces.
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Digging Deeper: Jimmy Bryant

December 30, 2017
Learn how one of the original country shredders broke the rules and created some of the most frenetic and crazed country solos of his time.
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10 Sneaky Slide Licks

December 23, 2017
Coax extra mileage from a familiar lick by slipping in some sly slide moves.
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