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Obsessive Progressive: Rush’s Alex Lifeson

December 9, 2017
We break down how prog rock’s most influential 6-stringer combines timeless riffs, a huge sound, and a penchant for experimentation.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Behind-the-Slide Blues

December 5, 2017
The Review Demo maestro walks you through a descending lick that's a cinch to transpose to any key.
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The Shred Decoder’s Guide to Sweep Picking

December 2, 2017
One of modern rock’s most buzzed-about shredders shares his insights on an often-misunderstood topic.
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The Art of Repetition: A Guide to Pedal Points and Ostinatos

November 25, 2017
Everyone from Coltrane to Coldplay uses repetition to create tension and interest. Here are a few tricks to get you started.
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Shake It Off! Everything You Need to Know About Vibrato

November 18, 2017
Don’t sleep on one of the most unique and expressive techniques we guitarists can develop. From B.B. to Beck, everyone has their own version, and it’s about time you get a handle on yours.
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How to Handle Harmonics

November 11, 2017
It’s easier than you might think to create mysterious, ethereal notes that seem to float through the air.
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Obsessive Progressive: How to “Borrow” Chords

November 4, 2017
Once you break the shackles of diatonic harmony, you open the doors to a new world of sounds based on the simple major triad.
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The Recording Guitarist: Crafting Countermelodies

October 31, 2017
The perfect part may be closer than you think.
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Blue Horizons: The Lyric Form

October 28, 2017
Phrasing feeling stale? Learn how to break down the more vocal side of melody and rhythm.
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When Do I Use Distortion?

October 21, 2017
Distortion isn’t a bad thing, but there is an epidemic sweeping the nation that you’re not going to hear about on the 6 o’clock news, and it’s a mass dependence on hard-clipped soundwaves.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Slippery Swingin’ Riff in E

October 17, 2017
How to play a Jerry Reed-inspired pattern fit for everything from blues and country to more rockin’ fare.
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The Shred Decoder: Expand Your Melodic and Rhythmic Control

October 14, 2017
Unleash the power of shreddy subdivisions.
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Punk-Rock Madness: It’s More than Power Chords

October 7, 2017
Push past the power chords and learn about some of the genre’s most underappreciated players, including Robert Quine, Viv Albertine, and Richard Lloyd.
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Dust That Broom! A Newbie’s Guide to Slide

October 5, 2017
Intrigued by the sweet ’n’ searing sounds of slippery-fingered guitar? Here’s how to choose the right slide and start exploring this timeless technique.
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Supercharge Your Improv

September 30, 2017
Berklee rock-guitar guru Jon Finn shares secrets on how to kick your from-the-hip playing up a few notches.
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Obsessive Progressive: Tool’s Adam Jones

September 23, 2017
One of the most mysterious and interesting guitarists to come out of the post-grunge scene is a master of dynamics, tone, and deceptive rhythms.
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Play Like Paisley!

September 16, 2017
Here’s how to create ripping pull-off licks, percussive rhythm riffs, and melodic lead lines inspired by one of Nashville’s hottest Tele players.
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The Guitar Playbook: How Do You Solo?

September 9, 2017
Crafting a great solo requires more than knowing scales and chords. Learn how an in-demand sideman approaches each song with a unique and personal touch.
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Jerry Reed’s Red-Hot Picking

September 2, 2017
An in-depth look at the techniques used by one of the most influential fingerstyle guitarists of all time.
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Obsessive Progressive: How to Decode Advanced Polymeters

August 26, 2017
Bands like Opeth and Meshuggah are known for their warped take on ear-bending rhythms. Here are a few ways to break through the theory and learn how they do it.
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