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Mort, Death’s Apprentice: Hate Eternal’s Stacked Tritones

June 8, 2019
What’s more evil-sounding than the Devil’s interval?
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The Two Commandments of Shredding Chromatics

June 2, 2019
Look beyond playing the “right” notes.
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Sitar Rock: A Guide to Big Bends and South Asian Riffs

April 13, 2019
Insert haunting psychedelia into your music by taking inspiration from sitar masters.
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Future Rock: Economy-Picking Pentatonics

March 30, 2019
Rethink your approach to pentatonic shapes by pushing the limits of your picking.
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Guthrie Govan’s Single-String Arpeggios

March 16, 2019
Break free from tired old patterns by rethinking your approach to shred.
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Metheny Madness

March 9, 2019
Discover how one of the most influential jazz guitarists of all time combines speedy pattern-based licks, horn-style bebop lines, and trademark rhythmic ideas to create a unique sound.
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How Did Lenny Breau Do That?

December 15, 2018
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of how one of the most wildly inventive guitarists of his generation combined taste, technique, and an overwhelming sense of melody into a jaw-dropping package.
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How Yngwie Malmsteen Unleashes the Fury

August 4, 2018
So how exactly does the undisputed king of neo-classical shred do his thing? It’s mostly a combination of magic, dragons, and some hellacious picking.
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Stoppin’ on a Dime: Using Double- and Triple-Stops to Enhance Your Grooves

July 14, 2018
Get on the good foot with a handful of soulful, gospel-inspired riffs from Snarky Puppy’s guitarist.
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Obsessive Progressive: John Petrucci

June 2, 2018
Progressive metal’s most influential guitarist combines immaculate picking technique with aggressive tones to create the most technically demanding licks around.
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The Tao of Jeff Beck

March 17, 2018
Here's a crash course in how one of the most eclectic and influential guitarists of all time developed a unique vocabulary through speedy rockabilly licks, fuzzed-out melodies, and an otherworldly use of the vibrato bar.
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The Envelope, Please!

March 3, 2018
It’s awards season, so we hand out some totally fictitious ones to honor some of the most deserving scales, techniques, and discoveries over the last year.
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Ditch the Pick: Exploring the Tone in Your Hands

January 6, 2018
Don’t be afraid to embrace the freedom of playing fingerstyle—and the myriad tones that it produces.
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Obsessive Progressive: How to Decode Advanced Polymeters

August 26, 2017
Bands like Opeth and Meshuggah are known for their warped take on ear-bending rhythms. Here are a few ways to break through the theory and learn how they do it.
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Sax Appeal: A Guide for Guitarists

August 19, 2017
Renowned jazz saxophonists like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Sonny Rollins used subtle techniques to create swinging lines. Here’s a look at how to emulate those sounds using slides, bends, and tapping.
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Allan Holdsworth’s Fretboard Wizardry

May 13, 2017
This musical tribute to the late guitarist includes an in-depth exploration of his blinding technique, challenging harmonies, and finger-busting chords.
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Cram Session: Thrash-Metal Rhythms

January 7, 2017
Learn how to conquer forearm-punishing riffs of the sort found in everything from early Metallica to Slayer and Megadeth.
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Future Rock: Shredding Enclosures

December 3, 2016
Step outside the comfort of your well-worn fingerings and create new sounds with an old bebop trick.
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Cram Session: Sweep Picking

October 8, 2016
Ten exercises to help you master blazing-fast pick runs.
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Cram Session: Two-Hand Tapping

August 20, 2016
Eddie Van Halen didn’t invent tapping, but he certainly popularized it. Learn how to unlock the fretboard with this collection of finger-busting licks.
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