November 2018

Lessons

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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Sax Appeal: A Guide for Guitarists

August 19, 2017
Renowned jazz saxophonists like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Sonny Rollins used subtle techniques to create swinging lines. Here’s a look at how to emulate those sounds using slides, bends, and tapping.
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Blue Horizons: Hit It and Quit It!

August 12, 2017
Understand how masters of beatnik-blues such as Grant Green and Kenny Burrell effortlessly weaved chord hits within their solos.
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What Bohlinger Plays - Cascading Jangle Riff in E

August 8, 2017
Watch and learn a hooky pull-off motif inspired by rock ’n’ roll icon Buddy Holly.
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Double Trouble: Make Rhythm Guitar Parts Great Again!

August 5, 2017
Don’t just bash away on open-position chords. Here are 10 ways to make your dual-guitar rhythm parts stand out.
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Obsessive Progressive: Get a Grip on Odd-Meter Time Signatures

July 29, 2017
Not all riffs need to live in a comfortable space. Some of the most iconic jams rely on adding or subtracting a few beats to create that perfect, yet uneasy feel.
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Digging Deeper: Rhythmic Slide

July 22, 2017
Don’t limit your slide chops to singing, single-note leads. Instead, try crafting cool rhythm parts by focusing on both sides of the slide.
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Blue Horizons: How to Mix Major and Minor Pentatonics

July 8, 2017
B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King all had an innate ability to move between major and minor sounds within a 12-bar blues. Here’s how they did it.
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Decorate Like Django

July 1, 2017
Even if you aren’t into Gypsy jazz, there are a wealth of inspiring ideas to glean from Django’s impossibly fast lines.
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The Live Side of Jimmy Page

June 24, 2017
Led Zeppelin’s onstage interplay and improvisation are the stuff of legend. Here we delve into Page-inspired licks from the band’s iconic early-’70s live albums.
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Beyond Blues: How to Play “Bird” Blues

June 17, 2017
Saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker’s challenging version of a 12-bar blues is one of his most enduring contributions. Learn how to navigate these tricky changes by combining bebop and blues.
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Digging Deeper: The Rolling Stones’ 'Sticky Fingers'

June 10, 2017
This 1971 masterpiece combined soul, folk, and straight-up rock into a musical mix that has influenced generations. Let’s dive into some of its seminal sounds and techniques.
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