In this episode, fans share inspiring and touching accounts of the mysterious healing properties of their 6-strings.

In this episode of Premier Guitar’s Conversations in the Key of Life podcast, fans share inspiring, touching accounts of how they made it through harrowing life struggles—alcoholism, cancer, and the untimely passing of a child—thanks to the mysterious healing properties of their 6-strings.

Conversations in the Key of Life is the podcast that talks to you about your musical journeys. Each episode finds Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond talking to everyday guitarists and bassists about their hilarious, jealousy-inducing, sometimes tear-jerking experiences on a specific theme. Subjects range from hair-raising stories about meeting guitar heroes to insane gear finds, using the guitar to cope with tragedy, gigs from hell, and more.

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We’re almost finished with the aging process on our project guitar. Let’s work on the fretboard, nut, and truss rod cover, and prepare the headstock for the last hurrah.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll continue with our relic’ing project, taking a closer look at the front side of the neck and treating the fretboard and the headstock. We’ll work on the front side of the headstock in the next part, but first we must prepare it.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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