December 2020

Intermediate

ARTICLES

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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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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