double stops

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Learn the difference between diatonic and non-diatonic notes.
  • Use dissonance to spice up your solos.
  • Understand how scales, chords, and non-diatonic notes work together.
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Why is it that when soloing some notes that seemingly shouldn’t work, do? And no, it’s not jazz we’re talking about. So get ready to play some dissonant music that sounds wonderful.

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Behind every radio hit is a group of guitarists who've created ear-catching parts. Check out these tips and tricks used by some of Music City’s most in-demand sidemen.

Intermediate

Beginner

• Learn how to use "box" patterns to create licks in different keys.
• Understand how to use open-string drones to create signature parts.
• Hone your ability to play melodic slide-guitar textures.

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I feel a little embarrassed when people ask me about my guitar influences. I can't claim expertise of Hendrix, I haven't spent hours woodshedding Eric Johnson, and I couldn't tell you the first thing about how to play like David Gilmour. My influences are more behind the scenes, lurking in the shadows of the music industry. They don't have big names, but they are monster players. I'm talking about the number one, most honest influence on my guitar playing: Nashville session guitarists.

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This crash course in country guitar will inject your rock and blues playing with a brand-spankin’ new spark.

Feeling kind of bored when practicing lately? Like you need a boost? Well, grab your guitar because learning a new style can be just the ticket, like a supercharged infusion of new energy. Country guitar, sometimes referred to as “chicken pickin’,” is a blast to play, and so many of the rock and blues techniques you likely already know transfer right over. Consider this lesson an initial jumping-off point with some fun licks and techniques, designed to give your playing a swift country kick in the pants.
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