A Guitar Love Story from The Independent Take a look at this piece by a British writer about his relationship with the guitar and guitar music. It''s a great love story,

A Guitar Love Story

from The Independent


Take a look at this piece by a British writer about his relationship with the guitar and guitar music. It''s a great love story, though we were a little wistful when he said, "The guitar is 100 percent snobbery-proof." If only...

Purdue Guitar Workshop

from The Exponent

The 2008 Purdue Guitar Manufacturing Workshop took place last week over five twelve hour days. Taylor Guitars, Seymour Duncan, Fender, Stewart MacDonald, Cole Hardwood and Irwin Industrial Tools sponsored the workshop and supplied equipment. Instructors included Tim Shaw, principal engineer at Fender Guitars, and Kevin Beller, vice president of Seymour Duncan. Check out the story here.


Heavy Metal Monk

from BBC News


"At first glance, Cesare Bonizzi looks like the archetypal Capuchin monk - round-faced, stout, with twinkling eyes and a long flowing white beard. But beneath his robes beats a heart of metal." Read the scoop on this metal-loving friar here.
Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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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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