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Krantz

A Crash Course in (Wayne) Krantz

February 20, 2021
How to wrangle the rhythm in the style of one of today’s greatest improvisers.
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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.
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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.
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Melodic Minor

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.
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Lessons

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.
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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.
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Jeff McErlain

Peter Green's Magic Scale

November 21, 2020
Put some Green into your blues with the minor pentatonic major 6 scale.
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Johnny Guitar Watson

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.
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Whammy

No Whammy? No Problem.

September 26, 2020
Trem-style moves for hard-tail devotees.
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Blues Arpeggios

Blues Arpeggio Tricks

September 12, 2020
A simple half-step slide is all it takes to spice up those vanilla arpeggios.
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Transcription

I Transcribed a Lick. Now What?

September 5, 2020
Even on the simplest of phrases, there’s still work to be done.
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Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead-Style Solo Tricks

August 22, 2020
Learn how to connect triads in the style of Grateful Dead legends Jerry Garcia and John Mayer.
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Marc Ribot

Marc Ribot’s Inside-Out Licks

August 8, 2020
Dig into the style of a bona fide downtown-jazz legend who can meld rock, blues, and Cuban music without ever breaking a sweat.
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Scales

The Beginner’s Guide to Mini-Scales

July 25, 2020
Colorful note groupings can bend the ear of the listener—and spark creativity in your own playing.
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Speed Tricks

Cheap Tricks That Make You Sound Fast!

July 18, 2020
Learn how to not only ramp up your technique, but how to use it effectively.
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Walking Blues

Walking the Blues

July 11, 2020
Eight ways to add excitement to your blues rhythms.
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Ragtime Guitar

Scott Joplin’s Sweet Syncopations

July 4, 2020
Investigating the style of one of ragtime’s biggest names will undoubtedly improve your fingerstyle technique.
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Bass

Practice Makes Music: Creative Ways to Learn from Your Favorite Artists

June 27, 2020
A guide on how modern R&B and pop could unlock your inner practice addict.
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Chet Atkins

A Beginner’s Guide to the Chet Atkins Sound

June 20, 2020
Whether you’re a fingerpicking enthusiast or simply looking to understand the fundamentals, master these examples and you’ll start sounding like the “Country Gentleman” in no time.
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Solo Guitar

Arranging "Amazing Grace" for Solo Guitar

June 6, 2020
Solo guitar is an art. Here are a few techniques to expand your palette.
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