October 2020

 

Scales

ARTICLES

Blues Scale

Rethinking the Blues Scale

September 19, 2020
There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.
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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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Pentatonic

Pentatonic Escape Routes

August 29, 2020
Don’t be a prisoner of the pentatonic box. Time to break out!
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Blues

The Building Blocks of the Blues

August 1, 2020
A back-to-basics approach to crafting a 12-bar solo.
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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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Ozzy

Ozzy’s Guitar Army: Unlock the Solos of Randy, Jake, and Zakk

April 4, 2020
From neo-classical riffs to pure shred and finally Southern rock on steroids, these three guitarists held it down for Ozzy for more than 30 years.
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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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Deep Purple

The Melodic Side of Ritchie Blackmore

February 29, 2020
The legendary guitarist not only wrote one of the most famous riffs of all time, he pioneered a style that gave birth to legions of shredders.
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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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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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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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Lindsay Ell

Don't Be Scared of Improv

October 5, 2019
Unleash the power of pentatonics and learn how to make it up as you go along.
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CAGED

Chromatic CAGED

June 15, 2019
Having the ability to artfully add those "in-between" notes is a cornerstone of jazz guitar. Here’s how you do it.
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Beyond Blues

Beyond Blues: The Mixo-Pentatonic Scale

May 11, 2019
Ditch the clichés and discover new ways to use an old friend.
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Subversive Guitarist

Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: Don’t Think Scales—Think Sequences!

April 27, 2019
Try this technically challenging workout that liberates you from muscle-memory habits.
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Fretboard Workshop

Fretboard Workshop: Soloing with Triads

January 19, 2019
Think triads are boring? Try a few of these improv ideas.
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