December 2019

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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: The End of the Note

Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: The End of the Note

November 16, 2019
Silences define a rhythm as much as its notes.
Riff Rundown: Benjamin Tod's "Using Again"

Riff Rundown: Benjamin Tod's "Using Again"

November 10, 2019
The Lost Dog Street Band frontman shows how smooth fingerpicking and a few well-placed hammer-ons ring a somber tone to accompany a downtrodden tale.
The Golden Rules of Melodic Comping

The Golden Rules of Melodic Comping

November 9, 2019
Wanna get called back for a gig? Well, you better learn to not step on the melody.
A Practical Approach to Picking Proficiency

A Practical Approach to Picking Proficiency

November 2, 2019
Three essential plectrum techniques for players of every stripe.
Richard Thompson: The Thinking Man’s Guitar Hero

Richard Thompson: The Thinking Man’s Guitar Hero

October 26, 2019
Get inside the style of folk-rock’s most influential 6-stringer.
Master Fingerstyle Guitar—Once and for All!

Master Fingerstyle Guitar—Once and for All!

October 19, 2019
It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out with fingerstyle, or merely want to hone your existing technique. There’s something here for every level.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Silent Flight Parliament"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Silent Flight Parliament"

October 13, 2019
Paul Waggoner shows you how a handful of diminished and augmented sounds form the core of this track from the band's The Parallax II album.
Jim Hall’s Classical Chord Melodies

Jim Hall’s Classical Chord Melodies

October 12, 2019
The link between Bach and jazz is closer than you think.
Don't Be Scared of Improv

Don't Be Scared of Improv

October 5, 2019
Unleash the power of pentatonics and learn how to make it up as you go along.
The Buzzsaw Riffs of the Stockholm Scene

The Buzzsaw Riffs of the Stockholm Scene

September 28, 2019
Behold the rapid-fire style that laid the groundwork for modern death metal.
Joe Gore's Subversive Guitarist: Your Triplet-Beat Cheat Sheet

Joe Gore's Subversive Guitarist: Your Triplet-Beat Cheat Sheet

September 21, 2019
Bring energy and groove to your 12/8 interpretations with help from West African rhythms.
How to Play Bentonia Blues

How to Play Bentonia Blues

September 14, 2019
Toss aside the rules and tune down your guitar.
Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Contact"

Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Contact"

September 8, 2019
Cody Bonnette recreates the dreamy guitar bed from the post-hardcore outfit's 2007 Come Now Sleep single.
How to Write a Song

How to Write a Song

September 7, 2019
Nashville recording artist Lindsay Ell shares tips on how she beats writer’s block ... and how you can, too.
A Beginner’s Guide to Ambient Guitar

A Beginner’s Guide to Ambient Guitar

August 31, 2019
Ethereal drones, big reverbs, and plenty of dissonance go into this often-underappreciated style.
Joe Gore’s Subversive Guitarist: The Great Guitar Intro Fake-Out

Joe Gore’s Subversive Guitarist: The Great Guitar Intro Fake-Out

August 24, 2019
Shifting parts in time can solve countless musical problems.
Poindexter at the Crossroads: The 5 Tonalities of the Blues

Poindexter at the Crossroads: The 5 Tonalities of the Blues

August 17, 2019
There’s way more to blues harmony than just major and minor.
Beyond Blues: What Would Jimmy Raney Do?

Beyond Blues: What Would Jimmy Raney Do?

August 10, 2019
A deep look into how a master combined hard bop with soulful swing.
Intro to CAGED Chords

Intro to CAGED Chords

August 3, 2019
Learn a sure-fire way to map out every major or minor chord in any key.
Joe Gore’s Subversive Guitarist: Animated Octave Leaps

Joe Gore’s Subversive Guitarist: Animated Octave Leaps

July 27, 2019
Subvert muscle memory and discover fresh ideas.