March 28, 2020
What does it take to be an R&B bass icon? Here’s how Pino Palladino changed the game.
March 21, 2020
It’s a complicated calculus, with no hard-and-fast rules.
March 15, 2020
Jagged guitar mastermind Duane Denison unpacks the simple-but-tricky chords and timing of the menacing anti-hero anthem off Goat.
March 14, 2020
It all started with a Fender Champ and a three-chord rock anthem.
March 7, 2020
Not all harmonies need to be “pretty.”
February 29, 2020
The legendary guitarist not only wrote one of the most famous riffs of all time, he pioneered a style that gave birth to legions of shredders.
February 22, 2020
A funky fingerstyle challenge that starts with Travis picking and then warps it beyond recognition.
February 15, 2020
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn, understand, and incorporate the musical characteristics found in countless spy-film soundtracks.
February 8, 2020
Don’t let this often misunderstood scale lead you down the “wrong” path.
February 2, 2020
The guitar duo slow down their finger-tapping firepower and break apart the outstretched chords that bring the Chon song to life.
February 1, 2020
Here’s a fool-proof process for systematically embedding a song in your soul.
January 25, 2020
Let’s consult J.S. Bach! Don’t know a partita from a fajita? No worries.
January 19, 2020
Guitarist Cody Bonnette uses drop-C# tuning and a simple walk-up to trigger the lead single off 2019's Scream Through the Walls.
January 12, 2020
Dustie Waring shows how an excellent string-skipping warm-up routine doubles as a blazing opener for the Coma Ecliptic track.
January 11, 2020
It’s all about melody, reverb, and loud amps.
January 5, 2020
Guitarists Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel collectively demonstrate their separate (but complementary) fretboard somersaults featured on 2019's Chon.
January 4, 2020
There’s way more to it than simply mastering chords and scales.
December 28, 2019
This past year we dug into the playing of a jazz legend, rethought our approach to scales, and finally got to the bottom of the “Stairway” progression.
December 21, 2019
Your guitar “wants” you to favor some intervals over others. Don’t listen.