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The “Stairway” Progression

July 13, 2019
Zeppelin might be the most famous case, but plenty of songwriters have borrowed these infamous chords.
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Why You Should Keep a Guitar Journal

July 6, 2019
Our musical brains can be deep, but messy. Here’s how to organize it all.
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One-Shape Blues

June 29, 2019
A few simple chords is all it takes.
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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: The Devil’s in the Dynamics

June 22, 2019
How close can you get to silence? What happens when you play so hard that you worry about damaging your guitar?
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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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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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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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Did Robben Ford Invent a Scale?

May 18, 2019
Of course not. But he sure makes it sound good.
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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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Funk Guitar in One Chord Shape or Less

May 4, 2019
Yes, you can get funky with a single chord shape.
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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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Decoding Django’s Gypsy Chords

April 20, 2019
Investigate one of the most under-appreciated elements of Gypsy jazz by grabbing a fistful of new chord shapes and ideas.
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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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Mort, Death’s Apprentice: The Florida Metal Scene

April 6, 2019
Discover how such bands as Death, Decide, and Morbid Angel crafted a singular sound that influenced legions of extreme-metal bands.
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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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Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: The Bruise Scale

March 23, 2019
If you whip out these licks at the ol’ Tuesday night blues jam, they’ll probably move it to Wednesday and not tell you.
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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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Montunos Made Easy!

March 2, 2019
The grooves found in Latin music are full of intriguing rhythmic options. Here’s how to cop that vibe to make the music dance!
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