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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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The Guitarist’s Guide to New-Wave Guitar

June 3, 2017
The 1980s were full of iconic tones and riffs from players like Andy Summers, Johnny Marr, and Adrian Belew. Let’s see if we can borrow a bit of that vintage mojo to craft compelling new riffs.
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Dear 6-String Sensei: How Do I Get Started with Improvisation?

May 27, 2017
Is learning all the modes the best first step? A reader asks for guidance on how to begin improvising.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Double-Stop Bends

May 23, 2017
Vintage Strat in hand, the popular Last Call columnist shows you how to play dreamy, pedal-steel-like bends up and down the neck.
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Twang 101: Nashville Studio Tricks

May 20, 2017
Behind every radio hit is a group of guitarists who've created ear-catching parts. Check out these tips and tricks used by some of Music City’s most in-demand sidemen.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Hybrid Rumble

May 19, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a close look at bassist Ethan Farmer’s right-hand approach, which blends techniques that can noticeably juice up the low end’s sonic space.
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Allan Holdsworth’s Fretboard Wizardry

May 13, 2017
This musical tribute to the late guitarist includes an in-depth exploration of his blinding technique, challenging harmonies, and finger-busting chords.
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Beyond Blues: Roy Buchanan’s Tele Tricks

May 6, 2017
The legendary Tele player was a master at emoting the more vocal and expressive side of blues guitar. Here’s a look at some of his boundary-busting techniques.
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Fretboard Workshop: A Fingerstyle Manifesto

April 29, 2017
Don’t be intimidated by ditching that flatpick. Here are some quick-and-easy ways to get your fingerstyle chops up to speed.
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