February 2019

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Mort, Death’s Apprentice: Brutal Death Metal Riffs

Mort, Death’s Apprentice: Brutal Death Metal Riffs

February 16, 2019
Bands like Suffocation, Gorgasm, and Deeds of Flesh created riffs full of forearm-punishing picking at warp speeds. Here’s a look at how you can level up your down-tuned riffing.
Twang 101: Bluegrass Goes Electric!

Twang 101: Bluegrass Goes Electric!

February 9, 2019
Steal inspiration, vocabulary, and picking techniques from legendary acoustic players.
How to Play Slower

How to Play Slower

February 2, 2019
It’s not as easy or straightforward as some might think, but taking an unhurried approach can add new dimensions to your playing.
Fretboard Workshop: Soloing with Triads

Fretboard Workshop: Soloing with Triads

January 19, 2019
Think triads are boring? Try a few of these improv ideas.
Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: Learning to Love Flat Keys

Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: Learning to Love Flat Keys

January 12, 2019
They’re not necessary evils—they’re opportunities.
Twang 101: Hank Garland’s Nashville Jazz

Twang 101: Hank Garland’s Nashville Jazz

January 5, 2019
Learn how to pick like one of the early pioneers of sophisticated jazz-influenced country guitar.
Top 10 Riff Rundowns of 2018

Top 10 Riff Rundowns of 2018

December 30, 2018
From Alter Bridge to Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Melvins, and more—your favorite clips of guitar greats breaking down their own iconic licks.
Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "Judith"

Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "Judith"

December 23, 2018
Guitarist Billy Howerdel provides some tuning tips (spoiler: it's in standard) and goes through all the phases of the Mer De Noms smash hit.
Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: A State of Gliss

Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: A State of Gliss

December 22, 2018
Slide your way to more expressive playing.
How Did Lenny Breau Do That?

How Did Lenny Breau Do That?

December 15, 2018
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of how one of the most wildly inventive guitarists of his generation combined taste, technique, and an overwhelming sense of melody into a jaw-dropping package.
How to Jam Out Like the Ramones

How to Jam Out Like the Ramones

December 8, 2018
It’s way more than just power chords and long hair.
Riff Rundown: Alter Bridge's "In Loving Memory"

Riff Rundown: Alter Bridge's "In Loving Memory"

December 2, 2018
The popular song (and unusual fingerpicking pattern) off the band's 2004 debut, One Day Remains, is simplified by creator Mark Tremonti.
Cowabunga! A Beginner’s Guide to Surf Guitar

Cowabunga! A Beginner’s Guide to Surf Guitar

December 1, 2018
Crank up the ’verb and give that whammy bar a workout.
Twang 101: The Bakersfield Sound

Twang 101: The Bakersfield Sound

November 24, 2018
Learn how to cop the trademark sounds of country music’s California rebels.
Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

November 18, 2018
The APC guitarist builds the 6-string parts that form the feedback-rich single from 2018's Eat the Elephant.
Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: Power to the Pinky!

Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: Power to the Pinky!

November 17, 2018
Get bigger sounds from your smallest finger.
What Bohlinger Plays: Open-String Triplet in G

What Bohlinger Plays: Open-String Triplet in G

November 13, 2018
Here’s how to play an impressive triplet-based run that combines ringing open strings with hybrid picking.
Mort, Death’s Apprentice: Gothenburg Metal Riffs

Mort, Death’s Apprentice: Gothenburg Metal Riffs

November 10, 2018
Bands like In Flames, At the Gates, and Dark Tranquility created a subgenre of death metal that combined low-tuned riffs, harmonized leads, and plenty of chunk.
Fretboard Workshop: Know Your Chords

Fretboard Workshop: Know Your Chords

November 3, 2018
It’s about time you really deal with getting around the neck—in any key.
Riff Rundown: Tremonti's "Unable to See"

Riff Rundown: Tremonti's "Unable to See"

October 28, 2018
The Alter Bridge guitar star breaks down the fingerpicking pattern used on his solo single from Dust.