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ARTICLES

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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Chris Buck

Beef Up Your Bends

May 2, 2020
Fiery blues-rocker Chris Buck shares his top five ways to make your bends more meaningful.
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Subversive

Perpetual Subversion

April 25, 2020
This series has run its course. But its methods can last a lifetime.
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Pino

Palm-Mute Like Pino

March 28, 2020
What does it take to be an R&B bass icon? Here’s how Pino Palladino changed the game.
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Subversive Guitarist

Should You Learn to Read Music?

March 21, 2020
It’s a complicated calculus, with no hard-and-fast rules.
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Last Dance With Dorian

Last Dance with Dorian

March 14, 2020
It all started with a Fender Champ and a three-chord rock anthem.
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Double Stops

The Secret to Dissonant Double-Stops

March 7, 2020
Not all harmonies need to be “pretty.”
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Subversive

Mutant Folk Fingerpicking

February 22, 2020
A funky fingerstyle challenge that starts with Travis picking and then warps it beyond recognition.
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Spy Guitar

Spy Guitar Essentials

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.
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Phrygian

The Happy Side of the Phrygian Scale

February 8, 2020
Don’t let this often misunderstood scale lead you down the “wrong” path.
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Nashville Charts

How to Learn a Song Like a Nashville Pro

February 1, 2020
Here’s a fool-proof process for systematically embedding a song in your soul.
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Subversive

How Much Can You Say with a Single-Note Line?

January 25, 2020
Let’s consult J.S. Bach! Don’t know a partita from a fajita? No worries.
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Melodic Solos

How to Craft More Melodic Solos

January 4, 2020
There’s way more to it than simply mastering chords and scales.
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Lessons

Top 10 Lessons of 2019

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.
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How to Play Those “Impossible” Intervals

December 21, 2019
Your guitar “wants” you to favor some intervals over others. Don’t listen.
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Auditioning

The Guitarist’s Guide to Auditioning

November 30, 2019
An in-depth roundtable on everything you need to know to get—and keep—that big-time gig.
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Classical Rock

How 20th-Century Classical Music Can Make You a Better Rock Player

November 23, 2019
From Debussy to Reich, classical composers can offer timeless techniques to supercharge your next riff.
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