October 2020

 

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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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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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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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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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Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms and the Movies

June 13, 2020
Wanna learn how Steve Buscemi and Jack Nicholson can improve your time-feel? Read on.
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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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How to Rest

How to Rest

May 30, 2020
It’s one of the easiest things to do, yet so few guitarists do it.
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Practicing

Plan Your Practice Time

May 23, 2020
Make the most of the time you have by focusing on both the technical and emotional sides of practicing.
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Blues Bends

Slippery Half-Step Blues Bends

May 16, 2020
What makes some of your favorite blues players sound so tasteful and different? Here’s one concept to expand your vocabulary into their territory.
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Slide Guitar

Intro to Indian Slide Guitar

May 9, 2020
Don’t know a raga from ravioli? Here’s a place to start.
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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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