December 2020

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ARTICLES

Jeff McErlain

Peter Green's Magic Scale

November 21, 2020
Put some Green into your blues with the minor pentatonic major 6 scale.
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Coltrane

John Coltrane’s Undeniable Improvisations

November 14, 2020
Guitarists can learn a lot by dissecting the art of articulation.
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Mixolydian

Don’t Sleep on the Mixolydian Mode

November 7, 2020
Learning how to add Mixolydian flavors into your playing can be a quick way to expand your vocabulary or get out of a rut!
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Jazz Arpeggios

Learn to Love Your Arpeggios

October 31, 2020
No matter the context, the arpeggio is the easiest and clearest way to outline harmony. I’ll prove it.
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Johnny Guitar Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s Stinging Blues

October 24, 2020
Watson was a pivotal influence on Frank Zappa, Etta James, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others.
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Hybrid Picking

Intro to Hybrid Picking

October 17, 2020
Corey Congilio breaks down how to get the most out of a pick-and-fingers attack.
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Picking

Pump Up Your Picking

October 10, 2020
Quick exercises to get your fretting and picking hands playing together!
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Whammy

No Whammy? No Problem.

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