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.

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Matt Bellamy designs his own signature Manson Guitar Works instruments and took ownership of the company when Hugh Manson retired in 2019.

Photo by Debi Del Grande

Muse returns to self-producing on Will of the People, an album teeming with formidable anthems that navigate themes of fear, politics, dystopia, compliance, corruption, and other topics concerning the world order.

Decked out in black ninja-like uniforms with mosaic mirrored masks obscuring their faces, Muse opens their current shows with the powerful, sing-along chant of “Will of the People,” the anthemic title track off their latest album. From that song’s infectious shuffle until the very end of the concert’s encore, people are jumping out of their seats, and appear to be completely mesmerized.

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Nicole Atkins and PG editors share favorite memories from the last concert they attended. Plus, current obsessions!

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