October 2020

 

Beginner

ARTICLES

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.
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Pentatonic

Pentatonic Escape Routes

August 29, 2020
Don’t be a prisoner of the pentatonic box. Time to break out!
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Blues

The Building Blocks of the Blues

August 1, 2020
A back-to-basics approach to crafting a 12-bar solo.
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How to Rest

How to Rest

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

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.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Nashville Number System

April 11, 2020
It’s a secret language that will help you become a better musician—even if you live outside of Music City.
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Twang

The Unsung Heroes of Twang Guitar

January 11, 2020
It’s all about melody, reverb, and loud amps.
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Rhythm Guitar

Why Is Rhythm Guitar So Hard?

December 14, 2019
It’s all in the details.
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Bejamin Tod

Riff Rundown: Benjamin Tod's "Using Again"

November 10, 2019
The Lost Dog Street Band frontman shows how smooth fingerpicking and a few well-placed hammer-ons ring a somber tone to accompany a downtrodden tale.
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Lindsay Ell

Don't Be Scared of Improv

October 5, 2019
Unleash the power of pentatonics and learn how to make it up as you go along.
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Lindsay Ell

How to Write a Song

September 7, 2019
Nashville recording artist Lindsay Ell shares tips on how she beats writer’s block ... and how you can, too.
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Ambient Guitar

A Beginner’s Guide to Ambient Guitar

August 31, 2019
Ethereal drones, big reverbs, and plenty of dissonance go into this often-underappreciated style.
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Lindsay Ell

Intro to CAGED Chords

August 3, 2019
Learn a sure-fire way to map out every major or minor chord in any key.
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Stairway

The “Stairway” Progression

July 13, 2019
Zeppelin might be the most famous case, but plenty of songwriters have borrowed these infamous chords.
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Guitar Journal

Why You Should Keep a Guitar Journal

July 6, 2019
Our musical brains can be deep, but messy. Here’s how to organize it all.
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One Shape Blues

One-Shape Blues

June 29, 2019
A few simple chords is all it takes.
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Subversive Guitarist

Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: How to Practice Without a Guitar

May 25, 2019
You don’t need a fretboard to expand your fingerings.
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Play Slower

How to Play Slower

February 2, 2019
It’s not as easy or straightforward as some might think, but taking an unhurried approach can add new dimensions to your playing.
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Subversive Guitarist

Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: A State of Gliss

December 22, 2018
Slide your way to more expressive playing.
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Fretboard Workshop

Fretboard Workshop: Know Your Chords

November 3, 2018
It’s about time you really deal with getting around the neck—in any key.
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