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Chords

These ambiguous sounds are an empty canvas.

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Develop a deeper vocabulary around dominant 7 chords.
  • Understand how to use polychords in your solos.
  • Learn the difference between a sus2 and sus4 chord.
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Suspended chords have a unique sound and play an important role in a variety of styles of music. A quick internet search will give you the basic theory, but few articles help you actually apply these ambiguous sounds. You see, these chords are neither major nor minor, so where do they fit in? Let’s find out.
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Rig Rundown: Ariel Posen [2023]

The silky smooth slide man may raise a few eyebrows with his gear—a hollow, steel-bodied baritone and .017s on a Jazzmaster—but every note and tone he plays sounds just right.

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Using just a few notes or a barrage, John Frusciante creates guitar parts which deftly guide listeners through Red Hot Chili Peppers’ songs.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Explore the hallmarks of John Frusciante’s unique stylistic and technical approach to guitar.
  • Get a humdinger of a funk strumming workout.
  • Learn how to go deeper to create memorable guitar parts.
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I had a bit of a strange introduction to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Back in the day, during my first week of school at New York University, I noticed a sign on the door of the student cafeteria indicating that a relatively unknown band called “Red Hot Chili Peppers” was playing a show across the hall that Saturday night. I remember thinking, “Well, that’s a silly name for a band. Those guys are never going anywhere.” Yeah. Good call.

Cut to winter 2002: I’ve been a professional music transcriber for about five years, and I find myself in the Chili Peppers’ NYC management office, transcribing an advance copy of their By the Way album, set to be released that summer. It was the band’s eighth album and fourth with guitarist John Frusciante. It was also my first deep dive into Frusciante’s playing, though it would not be my last.

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Beginner

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of muting with both hands.
  • Understand to play within a rhythmic pocket.
  • Learn what it takes to riff like James Hetfield.
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Open-string notes are arguably the most magical sounding notes available on the guitar. However, there are times when those are precisely the notes we don’t want to hear. We might only want to hear the strings directly beneath our fingers. That’s where muting comes in. It’s equal parts sleight-of-hand magic and surgical precision, but mostly it’s just the result of a clever approach to technique.

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We’re all on the same journey—to become better at guitar. Each week we post a lesson that helps you get closer to that goal. This year we covered everything from basic triads and pentatonics to Brad Paisley’s warp-speed picking and Eric Gales’ inventive chord voicings. Here’s a look at the 10 most popular lessons in 2022.
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