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Lessons

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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How to Use a Capo

February 11, 2017
Capos can help you play parts in tricky keys, be a tool for crafting lush layered sections, or just give you a way to avoid tough barre chords. Here are some tips for putting your capo to use.
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Beyond Blues: Working the Slow Burn

February 4, 2017
Not all blues progressions are created equal. You need to have touch, time, and taste in order to survive when the tempo slows down.
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Bluegrass Variations: “Salt Creek” from Four Masters

January 28, 2017
Twelve golden nuances gleaned from flatpicking giants Norman Blake, Tony Rice, David Grier, and Bryan Sutton.
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Rhythm Is King: Bob Marley’s Hypnotic Pulse

January 14, 2017
The simple and effective chord stabs that fueled early reggae hits may appear easy, but getting them right is a real art. Here are a few quick examples to help you master it.
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Cram Session: Thrash-Metal Rhythms

January 7, 2017
Learn how to conquer forearm-punishing riffs of the sort found in everything from early Metallica to Slayer and Megadeth.
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Beyond Blues: John Scofield

December 31, 2016
For over 30 years John Scofield has explored nearly every genre imaginable. Here’s a look at how he might balance inside and outside sounds over a classic fusion vamp.
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What Bohlinger Plays - Bouncing Slide in Standard Tuning

December 27, 2016
PG's Nashville correspondent shares a deceptively complicated-sounding technique you can use to easily make your slide work sound more intricate.
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Out and About: Harness the Power of Controlled Chaos in Your Solos

December 24, 2016
Learn four easy ways to break free from conventional chord-scale relationships.
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Digging Deeper: Developing a Funk-Guitar Orchestra

December 17, 2016
Prince’s rhythm guitarist shares her approach to layering chord stabs, single-note lines, and “chicken grease.”
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Free Your Mind: A New Way to Approach Open Strings

December 10, 2016
Find new horizons with a few basic scales, some adventurous tunings, and a healthy dose of unfretted notes.
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Future Rock: Shredding Enclosures

December 3, 2016
Step outside the comfort of your well-worn fingerings and create new sounds with an old bebop trick.
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