lessons

Dip a toe in the jazz-blues pool with these simple chord subs.

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We’re all on the same journey—to become better at guitar. Each week we post a lesson that helps you get closer to that goal. This year we covered everything from basic triads and pentatonics to Brad Paisley’s warp-speed picking and Eric Gales’ inventive chord voicings. Here’s a look at the 10 most popular lessons in 2022.
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Unleash the power of shreddy subdivisions.

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Understand how to work different rhythmic subdivisions into a rock groove.
  • Combine related arpeggios all over the fretboard.
  • Learn how to combine pentatonic sounds with arpeggio-based lines.
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In my experience, constructing lines has always been about texture and structure. Developing ideas for soloing and writing melodies takes a keen sense of harmonic and rhythmic context. It’s about seducing the listener and delivering a ride that’s hard to forget—a ride that caters to the listener. Of course, it’s important to write for yourself and from the heart, but also remember that if your heart’s intent is to inspire others, then you’re on the right track for the long haul. And this is where melody comes in.

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