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Rhythm Rules: 8 Ways to Navigate a 12-Bar Blues

Rhythm Rules: 8 Ways to Navigate a 12-Bar Blues

February 17, 2018
These inventive riffs might make your next blues jam a bit more exciting.
Eclectic Effecting 101: How to Use Stock Pedals to Unlock New Sounds

Eclectic Effecting 101: How to Use Stock Pedals to Unlock New Sounds

February 10, 2018
A hands-on guide to using chains of pedals to create enigmatic, spooky, and downright crazy sounds.
Riff Rundown: Young the Giant's "Waves"

Riff Rundown: Young the Giant's "Waves"

February 3, 2018
Guitarist Jacob Tilley details the simple-but-catchy fingerpicking pattern behind their single off of Mind Over Matter.
Digging Deeper: Curtis Mayfield

Digging Deeper: Curtis Mayfield

January 20, 2018
A unique tuning, ingenious use of intervals, and some deft wah work all combine to create some of the most soulful rhythm parts ever recorded.
Riff Rundown: The Toadies' "Possum Kingdom"

Riff Rundown: The Toadies' "Possum Kingdom"

January 15, 2018
In our premiere of a new video series, alt-rock veteran Clark Vogeler shows you how to play the main riff of their '90s anthem.
Obsessive Progressive: Periphery

Obsessive Progressive: Periphery

January 13, 2018
What do you get when you combine three fiercely unique metalheads with a love for down-tuned guitars, crushing rhythms, and a passion for odd-meter time signatures?
Ditch the Pick: Exploring the Tone in Your Hands

Ditch the Pick: Exploring the Tone in Your Hands

January 6, 2018
Don’t be afraid to embrace the freedom of playing fingerstyle—and the myriad tones that it produces.
Digging Deeper: Jimmy Bryant

Digging Deeper: Jimmy Bryant

December 30, 2017
Learn how one of the original country shredders broke the rules and created some of the most frenetic and crazed country solos of his time.
10 Sneaky Slide Licks

10 Sneaky Slide Licks

December 23, 2017
Coax extra mileage from a familiar lick by slipping in some sly slide moves.
Gary Clark Jr.’s Modern Mojo

Gary Clark Jr.’s Modern Mojo

December 16, 2017
Get inside the techniques of a modern blues master and add some fire to your solos.
Obsessive Progressive: Rush’s Alex Lifeson

Obsessive Progressive: Rush’s Alex Lifeson

December 9, 2017
We break down how prog rock’s most influential 6-stringer combines timeless riffs, a huge sound, and a penchant for experimentation.
What Bohlinger Plays: Behind-the-Slide Blues

What Bohlinger Plays: Behind-the-Slide Blues

December 5, 2017
The Review Demo maestro walks you through a descending lick that's a cinch to transpose to any key.
The Shred Decoder’s Guide to Sweep Picking

The Shred Decoder’s Guide to Sweep Picking

December 2, 2017
One of modern rock’s most buzzed-about shredders shares his insights on an often-misunderstood topic.
The Art of Repetition: A Guide to Pedal Points and Ostinatos

The Art of Repetition: A Guide to Pedal Points and Ostinatos

November 25, 2017
Everyone from Coltrane to Coldplay uses repetition to create tension and interest. Here are a few tricks to get you started.
Shake It Off! Everything You Need to Know About Vibrato

Shake It Off! Everything You Need to Know About Vibrato

November 18, 2017
Don’t sleep on one of the most unique and expressive techniques we guitarists can develop. From B.B. to Beck, everyone has their own version, and it’s about time you get a handle on yours.
How to Handle Harmonics

How to Handle Harmonics

November 11, 2017
It’s easier than you might think to create mysterious, ethereal notes that seem to float through the air.
Obsessive Progressive: How to “Borrow” Chords

Obsessive Progressive: How to “Borrow” Chords

November 4, 2017
Once you break the shackles of diatonic harmony, you open the doors to a new world of sounds based on the simple major triad.
The Recording Guitarist: Crafting Countermelodies

The Recording Guitarist: Crafting Countermelodies

October 31, 2017
The perfect part may be closer than you think.
Blue Horizons: The Lyric Form

Blue Horizons: The Lyric Form

October 28, 2017
Phrasing feeling stale? Learn how to break down the more vocal side of melody and rhythm.
When Do I Use Distortion?

When Do I Use Distortion?

October 21, 2017
Distortion isn’t a bad thing, but there is an epidemic sweeping the nation that you’re not going to hear about on the 6 o’clock news, and it’s a mass dependence on hard-clipped soundwaves.