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The Unsung Heroes of Twang Guitar

January 11, 2020
It’s all about melody, reverb, and loud amps.
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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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Top 10 Lessons of 2019

December 28, 2019
This past year we dug into the playing of a jazz legend, rethought our approach to scales, and finally got to the bottom of the “Stairway” progression.
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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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Why Is Rhythm Guitar So Hard?

December 14, 2019
It’s all in the details.
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Dive into the Deep Blues of the North Mississippi Hill Country

December 7, 2019
Players like R.L. Burnside, “Mississippi” Fred McDowell, and Robert Belfour pushed aside norms and carved new paths with hypnotic riffs and big rhythms.
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The Guitarist’s Guide to Auditioning

November 30, 2019
An in-depth roundtable on everything you need to know to get—and keep—that big-time gig.
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How 20th-Century Classical Music Can Make You a Better Rock Player

November 23, 2019
From Debussy to Reich, classical composers can offer timeless techniques to supercharge your next riff.
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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: The End of the Note

November 16, 2019
Silences define a rhythm as much as its notes.
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The Golden Rules of Melodic Comping

November 9, 2019
Wanna get called back for a gig? Well, you better learn to not step on the melody.
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A Practical Approach to Picking Proficiency

November 2, 2019
Three essential plectrum techniques for players of every stripe.
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Richard Thompson: The Thinking Man’s Guitar Hero

October 26, 2019
Get inside the style of folk-rock’s most influential 6-stringer.
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Master Fingerstyle Guitar—Once and for All!

October 19, 2019
It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out with fingerstyle, or merely want to hone your existing technique. There’s something here for every level.
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Jim Hall’s Classical Chord Melodies

October 12, 2019
The link between Bach and jazz is closer than you think.
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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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The Buzzsaw Riffs of the Stockholm Scene

September 28, 2019
Behold the rapid-fire style that laid the groundwork for modern death metal.
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Joe Gore's Subversive Guitarist: Your Triplet-Beat Cheat Sheet

September 21, 2019
Bring energy and groove to your 12/8 interpretations with help from West African rhythms.
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How to Play Bentonia Blues

September 14, 2019
Toss aside the rules and tune down your guitar.
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How to Write a Song

September 7, 2019
Nashville recording artist Lindsay Ell shares tips on how she beats writer’s block ... and how you can, too.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Ambient Guitar

August 31, 2019
Ethereal drones, big reverbs, and plenty of dissonance go into this often-underappreciated style.
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