Senior Editor Andy Ellis learned to play classical and rock guitar in France and Germany, and then went on to study jazz at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After playing in bands for several years, Andy discovered he had an affinity for music journalism. During the last two-and-a-half decades, he has written hundreds of features, interviews, and lessons. His work has appeared in virtually every guitar magazine and many websites in the U.S., and dozens of his lessons are collected in popular instructional books. Now based in Nashville, Andy backs singer-songwriters on the baritone guitar.
Intense rock guitar is demanding on body and soul, and that's especially true in the professional arena, which often approaches full-contact sport. Learn what Nili does to not flame out while keeping it at "11."
Nir details how he approaches his practice sessions and provides tips we can all use for fostering creative growth on guitar. He also reveals why he's played the same Fender Strat for more than two decades.
In this episode of Chasing Frets, the award-winning guitarist reveals his secrets for developing speed, tone, and clarity on an acoustic, and poses the question "What are we doing to get in our own way?"
Ever wonder what it's like being a session ace in the hyper-competitive Nashville studio scene? It's a world Sutton knows intimately, and in this episode he tells us how he became a first-call player and what it takes to pick with the best.
In this week's first episode, the champion flatpicker (he has won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award a staggering 10 times) explains how bluegrass rhythm guitar has developed over the years and describes specific techniques for developing your flatpick rhythm skills. As a bonus, he names a handful of classic albums that are required listening for anyone who loves flattop guitar.
The charismatic fingerpicker tours relentlessly and draws large, enthusiastic crowds to his solo concerts in the U.S., his native Australia, and around the world. Listen as he shares how he built his career and why naps are so important.
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