February 2019

Lessons

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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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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