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Big Band Blues Chords

Big Band Blues Chords

January 23, 2021
Triskaidekaphobia? You won't after you dig into the beauty of a 13th chord.
Riff Rundown - Elder's "Sanctuary"

Riff Rundown - Elder's "Sanctuary"

January 17, 2021
Nick DiSalvo deconstructs the arpeggios and licks from the Reflections of a Floating World headbanger.
All Roads Lead to Les

All Roads Lead to Les

January 16, 2021
Pioneering player and technical innovator Les Paul is a pivotal figure in music history for a lot more than his namesake Gibson. Here’s a look at a few of his most well-known licks.
The Unpredictable Playing of Robert Quine

The Unpredictable Playing of Robert Quine

January 9, 2021
Explore how a rogue player combined punk, rock, and avant-garde in a truly original voice.
What Makes the Melodic Minor Scale So … Melodic?

What Makes the Melodic Minor Scale So … Melodic?

January 2, 2021
Find out why this pattern favored by metal shredders and jazz gurus is one of the most accurately named modes.
Top 10 Lessons of 2020

Top 10 Lessons of 2020

December 26, 2020
This year we looked into how to solo like Garcia, bend like the late Peter Green, and think deeper about the blues scale.
Grant Green's Bebop Blues

Grant Green's Bebop Blues

December 19, 2020
Dip a toe in the jazz-blues pool with these simple chord subs.
5 Ways to Strum Without A Pick

5 Ways to Strum Without A Pick

December 12, 2020
Discover your own musical fingerprint by exploring different approaches to string attack.
A Beginner’s Guide to Standard Slide

A Beginner’s Guide to Standard Slide

December 5, 2020
Just because you want to slide, doesn’t mean you need to retune.
A Guide to Pedal-Tone Blues

A Guide to Pedal-Tone Blues

November 28, 2020
Take your rhythmic independence to a new level and learn to become a complete solo guitarist.
Peter Green's Magic Scale

Peter Green's Magic Scale

November 21, 2020
Put some Green into your blues with the minor pentatonic major 6 scale.
John Coltrane’s Undeniable Improvisations

John Coltrane’s Undeniable Improvisations

November 14, 2020
Guitarists can learn a lot by dissecting the art of articulation.
Don’t Sleep on the Mixolydian Mode

Don’t Sleep on the Mixolydian Mode

November 7, 2020
Learning how to add Mixolydian flavors into your playing can be a quick way to expand your vocabulary or get out of a rut!
Learn to Love Your Arpeggios

Learn to Love Your Arpeggios

October 31, 2020
No matter the context, the arpeggio is the easiest and clearest way to outline harmony. I’ll prove it.
Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s Stinging Blues

Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s Stinging Blues

October 24, 2020
Watson was a pivotal influence on Frank Zappa, Etta James, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others.
Intro to Hybrid Picking

Intro to Hybrid Picking

October 17, 2020
Corey Congilio breaks down how to get the most out of a pick-and-fingers attack.
Riff Rundown: Pallbearer's "Forgotten Days"

Riff Rundown: Pallbearer's "Forgotten Days"

October 11, 2020
Devin Holt dissects the doom-y vertebrae in the 7-string spine of the title track from the band's forthcoming album.
Pump Up Your Picking

Pump Up Your Picking

October 10, 2020
Quick exercises to get your fretting and picking hands playing together!
Hendrix Rhythms Made Easy

Hendrix Rhythms Made Easy

October 3, 2020
Understanding Hendrix’s rhythm guitar style will help you create new, exciting guitar parts that add momentum to the song.
"There's Only Two Kinds of Songs"

"There's Only Two Kinds of Songs"

October 2, 2020
Daniel Donato shows us why—and how—you should get complete control of the major and minor “domains.”