Relic''d Acoustics Next? from Strat-O-Blogster Glen Hansard took home an Academy Award last night for best song, but the buzz isn''t about his Oscar, but instead his beat-up acoustic.

Relic''d Acoustics Next?

from Strat-O-Blogster


Glen Hansard took home an Academy Award last night for best song, but the buzz isn''t about his Oscar, but instead his beat-up acoustic. New trend or just a movie prop? We''re not too keen on sanding holes in our guitars, so we''re hoping its the latter.

Mustaine Must Solo

from Guitar Flame


Pissing off rhythm guitarists everywhere, Dave Mustaine proclaims that you can''t be an accomplished guitarist if you don''t solo. Has he been drinking too much of his own coffee? Actually, the whole story isn''t as bad as it originally sounded...

Ergonomics for Our Fretless Friends

from Building the Ergonomic Guitar


Apparently someone out there thinks that the tried-and-true guitar design just isn''t cutting it comfort-wise. We''ve seen a lot of ergonomic models lately; here''s another. This guy explains his thought process as well.
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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