October 2020

 

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Rethinking the Blues Scale

Rethinking the Blues Scale

September 19, 2020
There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.
Blues Arpeggio Tricks

Blues Arpeggio Tricks

September 12, 2020
A simple half-step slide is all it takes to spice up those vanilla arpeggios.
I Transcribed a Lick. Now What?

I Transcribed a Lick. Now What?

September 5, 2020
Even on the simplest of phrases, there’s still work to be done.
Rolling the Dice on Practice

Rolling the Dice on Practice

August 31, 2020
Guitar instruction guru Adam Levy uses a custom-made pair of dice to determine his practice routine each day. The dice don’t just select the day’s exercises—they also define them.
Pentatonic Escape Routes

Pentatonic Escape Routes

August 29, 2020
Don’t be a prisoner of the pentatonic box. Time to break out!
What Bohlinger Plays: Open-E Pull-Off Lick

What Bohlinger Plays: Open-E Pull-Off Lick

August 24, 2020
PG's Nashville rocker shows you a quick-hit lesson that can work in any of your musical "sentences.
Grateful Dead-Style Solo Tricks

Grateful Dead-Style Solo Tricks

August 22, 2020
Learn how to connect triads in the style of Grateful Dead legends Jerry Garcia and John Mayer.
Marc Ribot’s Inside-Out Licks

Marc Ribot’s Inside-Out Licks

August 8, 2020
Dig into the style of a bona fide downtown-jazz legend who can meld rock, blues, and Cuban music without ever breaking a sweat.
The Building Blocks of the Blues

The Building Blocks of the Blues

August 1, 2020
A back-to-basics approach to crafting a 12-bar solo.
Drum Rudiments for Guitarists

Drum Rudiments for Guitarists

July 31, 2020
Jazz iconoclast Miles Okazaki talks about transforming these stick exercises into pick exercises, and how that process can improve technique while inspiring fresh rhythmic and melodic ideas.
Riff Rundown: Black Pumas' "Fire"

Riff Rundown: Black Pumas' "Fire"

July 26, 2020
The psych-soul duo's Adrian Quesada walks through the funky, spaghetti western progression inspired by Ennio Morricone.
The Beginner’s Guide to Mini-Scales

The Beginner’s Guide to Mini-Scales

July 25, 2020
Colorful note groupings can bend the ear of the listener—and spark creativity in your own playing.
Cheap Tricks That Make You Sound Fast!

Cheap Tricks That Make You Sound Fast!

July 18, 2020
Learn how to not only ramp up your technique, but how to use it effectively.
Walking the Blues

Walking the Blues

July 11, 2020
Eight ways to add excitement to your blues rhythms.
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.