Top 10 Lessons of 2020
Top 10 Lessons of 2020

This year we looked into how to solo like Garcia, bend like the late Peter Green, and think deeper about the blues scale.

Grateful Dead-Style Solo Tricks

By Michael Palmisano
Learn how to connect triads in the style of Grateful Dead legends Jerry Garcia and John Mayer.


Rethinking the Blues Scale

By Shawn Persinger
There's way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.

Spice Up Your Cowboy Chords

By Shawn Persinger
Just because you live on the low end of the fretboard doesn't mean you can't add melodic and harmonic interest to your progressions.

Pentatonic Escape Routes

By Paul DePauw
Don't be a prisoner of the pentatonic box. Time to break out!

Walking the Blues

By Jason Beaudreau
Eight ways to add excitement to your blues rhythms.

How to Learn a Song Like a Nashville Pro

By Annie Clements
Here's a fool-proof process for systematically embedding a song in your soul.

Hendrix Rhythms Made Easy

By Jon MacLennan
Understanding Hendrix's rhythm guitar style will help you create new, exciting guitar parts that add momentum to the song.

Blues Arpeggio Tricks

By Corey Congilio
A simple half-step slide is all it takes to spice up those vanilla arpeggios.

Peter Green's Magic Scale

By Jeff McErlain
Put some Green into your blues with the minor pentatonic major 6 scale.

A Beginner's Guide to Standard Slide

Arthur Rotfeld
Just because you want to slide, doesn't mean you need to retune.

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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Johnny Winter's Burning Blues by Corey Congilio

Learn to rip like one of the all-time masters of modern electric blues.

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