April 2020

Beginner

ARTICLES

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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What the Ell? Slide Guitar

What the Ell? My Slide Guitar Journey

October 13, 2018
Learning how to learn is an invaluable, yet often-overlooked skill. Here’s how a country superstar took the scary leap into slide guitar.
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Cowboy Chords

Spice Up Your Cowboy Chords

September 29, 2018
Just because you live on the low end of the fretboard doesn’t mean you can’t add melodic and harmonic interest to your progressions.
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Lindsay Ell

What the Ell? How to Keep Your Chops Up on the Road

August 11, 2018
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or weekend warrior, here are a few essential exercises to keep you on top of your game.
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What the Ell

What The Ell? Lessons I Learned from Recreating John Mayer’s 'Continuum'

May 26, 2018
Discover how a daunting homework assignment unlocked creativity and musicianship while helping country superstar Lindsay Ell find her own voice.
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What the Ell? How to Make the Most of 4 Chords

April 21, 2018
One of Nashville’s bona fide hitmakers shares secrets to making stock progressions pop.
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Triads

How to Use Triads

March 31, 2018
These three-note chords are the most underrated tools in your guitar-playing kit. Here’s why.
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