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Scott Joplin’s Sweet Syncopations

Scott Joplin’s Sweet Syncopations

July 4, 2020
Investigating the style of one of ragtime’s biggest names will undoubtedly improve your fingerstyle technique.
Practice Makes Music: Creative Ways to Learn from Your Favorite Artists

Practice Makes Music: Creative Ways to Learn from Your Favorite Artists

June 27, 2020
A guide on how modern R&B and pop could unlock your inner practice addict.
Riff Rundown: Howling Giant's "Comet Rider"

Riff Rundown: Howling Giant's "Comet Rider"

June 21, 2020
Guitarist Tom Polzine uses various BPMs to walk you through the major and minor tendencies that unravel during the lead single off The Space Between Worlds.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Chet Atkins Sound

A Beginner’s Guide to the Chet Atkins Sound

June 20, 2020
Whether you’re a fingerpicking enthusiast or simply looking to understand the fundamentals, master these examples and you’ll start sounding like the “Country Gentleman” in no time.
Riff Rundown: Sadler Vaden's "Anybody Out There?"

Riff Rundown: Sadler Vaden's "Anybody Out There?"

June 14, 2020
The axman for Jason Isbell's 400 Unit rips through the pentatonic lick that's the foundation of the title track from his 2020 album.
Polyrhythms and the Movies

Polyrhythms and the Movies

June 13, 2020
Wanna learn how Steve Buscemi and Jack Nicholson can improve your time-feel? Read on.
Riff Rundown: Irist's "Creation"

Riff Rundown: Irist's "Creation"

June 7, 2020
Crushing metalheads Pablo Davila and Adam Mitchell showcase the fingertapped melodies and chunky chords that are the bedrock for the Order of the Mind track.
Arranging "Amazing Grace" for Solo Guitar

Arranging "Amazing Grace" for Solo Guitar

June 6, 2020
Solo guitar is an art. Here are a few techniques to expand your palette.
How to Rest

How to Rest

May 30, 2020
It’s one of the easiest things to do, yet so few guitarists do it.
Plan Your Practice Time

Plan Your Practice Time

May 23, 2020
Make the most of the time you have by focusing on both the technical and emotional sides of practicing.
Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

May 17, 2020
Down Under rocker Joel O'Keefe whips through the guitar backbone within the hard-charging single from 2019's Boneshaker.
Slippery Half-Step Blues Bends

Slippery Half-Step Blues Bends

May 16, 2020
What makes some of your favorite blues players sound so tasteful and different? Here’s one concept to expand your vocabulary into their territory.
Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

May 10, 2020
The ripping, blues-rockin' French guitarist lays the groundwork for the song's heartbeat and 3-part solo featured in 2019's Burning Bright.
Intro to Indian Slide Guitar

Intro to Indian Slide Guitar

May 9, 2020
Don’t know a raga from ravioli? Here’s a place to start.
Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

May 4, 2020
Trey Xavier of Gear Gods lays out the groundwork for the main groove from his band's latest single from the forthcoming album Age of Legends.
Beef Up Your Bends

Beef Up Your Bends

May 2, 2020
Fiery blues-rocker Chris Buck shares his top five ways to make your bends more meaningful.
Riff Rundown: Pete Yorn's "Idols (We Don't Ever Have to Say Goodbye)"

Riff Rundown: Pete Yorn's "Idols (We Don't Ever Have to Say Goodbye)"

April 27, 2020
The roots-rockin' songwriter breaks down his poppy-drone single from 2019's Caretakers.
Perpetual Subversion

Perpetual Subversion

April 25, 2020
This series has run its course. But its methods can last a lifetime.
Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

April 19, 2020
Jason Grandell shows you the slick fretboard moves and precise hammer-ons needed to pull off the lead single from the band's eponymous debut.
Tapping Into Chaos

Tapping Into Chaos

April 18, 2020
Investigate the intricacies of Elliott Sharp—a modern, boundary-pushing, percussive acoustic master.