October 2020

 

Technique

ARTICLES

Whammy

No Whammy? No Problem.

September 26, 2020
Trem-style moves for hard-tail devotees.
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Miles Okazaki

Drum Rudiments for Guitarists

July 31, 2020
Jazz iconoclast Miles Okazaki talks about transforming these stick exercises into pick exercises, and how that process can improve technique while inspiring fresh rhythmic and melodic ideas.
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Miles Okazaki

Miles Okazaki's Approach to Melodic Patterns and Permutations

July 27, 2020
Miles definitely “does the math.” Yet there’s nothing cold-blooded about his thoughtful and passionate playing.
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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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Nir Felder

Nir Felder's Improvised Fingerings

July 13, 2020
Nir describes his non-traditional approach to soloing over changes and how he works out phrases on the neck with in-depth playing examples to help you break free from standard fretboard dogma.
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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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Everything You Need to Know About the Nashville Number System

April 11, 2020
It’s a secret language that will help you become a better musician—even if you live outside of Music City.
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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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Picking Power

A Practical Approach to Picking Proficiency

November 2, 2019
Three essential plectrum techniques for players of every stripe.
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Subversive Guitarist

Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: How to Practice Without a Guitar

May 25, 2019
You don’t need a fretboard to expand your fingerings.
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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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Future Rock

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

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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Play Slower

How to Play Slower

February 2, 2019
It’s not as easy or straightforward as some might think, but taking an unhurried approach can add new dimensions to your playing.
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Subversive

Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: Learning to Love Flat Keys

January 12, 2019
They’re not necessary evils—they’re opportunities.
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The Ramones

How to Jam Out Like the Ramones

December 8, 2018
It’s way more than just power chords and long hair.
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