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Rhythm

ARTICLES

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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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: Fancy Footwork

September 22, 2018
Tap your way to tighter, more confident grooves.
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Sweet Soul Music

September 1, 2018
Prolific performer and teacher Shawn Persinger teaches you how to get inside the sounds of Cropper, Jamerson, Dupree, and more.
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Lonesome Chords: A Simple Song Opens Harmonic Doors

July 7, 2018
Hank Williams' classic country tune offers inspiring ways to tweak and expand a chord progression.
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Obsessive Progressive: Open-String Chords

April 7, 2018
Add ethereal layers to your chord progressions by inserting a few carefully selected open strings.
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Good Times, Odd Times: A Guide to Unusual Note Groupings

March 24, 2018
You don't have to be a math major to escape the predictable and inject some excitement and variety into your lines.
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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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Rhythm Rules: 8 Ways to Navigate a 12-Bar Blues

February 17, 2018
These inventive riffs might make your next blues jam a bit more exciting.
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Digging Deeper: Curtis Mayfield

January 20, 2018
A unique tuning, ingenious use of intervals, and some deft wah work all combine to create some of the most soulful rhythm parts ever recorded.
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Gary Clark Jr.’s Modern Mojo

December 16, 2017
Get inside the techniques of a modern blues master and add some fire to your solos.
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Obsessive Progressive: Rush’s Alex Lifeson

December 9, 2017
We break down how prog rock’s most influential 6-stringer combines timeless riffs, a huge sound, and a penchant for experimentation.
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Obsessive Progressive: How to “Borrow” Chords

November 4, 2017
Once you break the shackles of diatonic harmony, you open the doors to a new world of sounds based on the simple major triad.
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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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Double Trouble: Make Rhythm Guitar Parts Great Again!

August 5, 2017
Don’t just bash away on open-position chords. Here are 10 ways to make your dual-guitar rhythm parts stand out.
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Obsessive Progressive: Get a Grip on Odd-Meter Time Signatures

July 29, 2017
Not all riffs need to live in a comfortable space. Some of the most iconic jams rely on adding or subtracting a few beats to create that perfect, yet uneasy feel.
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Deep Blues: Born to Boogie

September 17, 2016
Thanks to John Lee Hooker, Billy Gibbons, and other heavyweights, the swinging style of barrelhouse pianists has become a cornerstone of rock and blues guitar. Here’s a look at the most essential boogie-woogie patterns and how to use them.
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The Many Sides of John Mayer

August 27, 2016
An in-depth look at a modern guitar master’s take on rock, blues, and soul.
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Basic Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

July 23, 2016
This step-by-step method will put you on the path to nailing barn-burning tempos.
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The Secret of Subtractive Rhythms

June 11, 2016
A simple three-step process is all it takes to go from stale to swinging.
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Future Rock: Syncopated Shred

June 4, 2016
A simple rhythmic shift can breathe new life into your trusty licks. Combine that with a few strategic rests, and you have a recipe for some truly twisted lines.
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