November 2018

Lessons

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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Deep Blues: Double-Stoppin’ Jive

April 22, 2017
Learn how to turn your riffs and solos from blasé to burning with a few well-placed double-stop licks.
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Cosmic Country: Build Those Muscles!

April 15, 2017
How one of Nashville’s hottest guitarists systematically improves his technique.
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Beyond Blues: “Rhythm” Changes and the Blues

April 8, 2017
Learn how to bridge jazz and blues by tackling one of the most popular progressions around.
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One Note at a Time: A Chet Atkins Primer

April 1, 2017
Grab your thumbpick and learn how to break down—and build up—Chet-style arrangements.
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The Space Between: A Bassist’s Guide to Note Length

March 25, 2017
How resisting the urge to move on too quickly can help you lock into the groove.
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Keith Urban’s Country-Rock Wizardry

March 18, 2017
There’s more hiding behind those perfect locks and designer jeans than you’d think. Let’s break down some of the country superstar’s signature techniques.
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Three Sides to Solo Guitar

March 11, 2017
Armed with a strong melody and an understanding of simple harmony, you can effortlessly move from ethereal to swinging arrangements.
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Beyond Blues: The Allman Brothers Band

March 4, 2017
One of the most revered Southern rock bands of all time combined grit and soul with blazing blues guitar. Learn how Duane Allman and Dickey Betts forged an unforgettable sound.
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Guthrie Govan’s 'Erotic Cakes'

February 25, 2017
The breakthrough album by one of today’s most versatile guitarists covers everything from funky rhythms to emotive ballads.
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Dear 6-String Sensei: Please Demystify the Modes of the Major Scale

February 18, 2017
Stumped by modes? You’re not alone. Let Sensei guide you through the vexing topic.
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