January 2019

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ARTICLES

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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Twang 101: Hank Garland’s Nashville Jazz

January 5, 2019
Learn how to pick like one of the early pioneers of sophisticated jazz-influenced country guitar.
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Joe Gore’s The Subversive Guitarist: A State of Gliss

December 22, 2018
Slide your way to more expressive playing.
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How Did Lenny Breau Do That?

December 15, 2018
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of how one of the most wildly inventive guitarists of his generation combined taste, technique, and an overwhelming sense of melody into a jaw-dropping package.
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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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Cowabunga! A Beginner’s Guide to Surf Guitar

December 1, 2018
Crank up the ’verb and give that whammy bar a workout.
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Twang 101: The Bakersfield Sound

November 24, 2018
Learn how to cop the trademark sounds of country music’s California rebels.
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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: Power to the Pinky!

November 17, 2018
Get bigger sounds from your smallest finger.
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Mort, Death’s Apprentice: Gothenburg Metal Riffs

November 10, 2018
Bands like In Flames, At the Gates, and Dark Tranquility created a subgenre of death metal that combined low-tuned riffs, harmonized leads, and plenty of chunk.
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Fretboard Workshop: Know Your Chords

November 3, 2018
It’s about time you really deal with getting around the neck—in any key.
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Jazz Chords Made Simple

October 27, 2018
Afraid of “complex” jazz chords? Just strip them down.
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What the Ell? My Slide Guitar Journey

October 13, 2018
Learning how to learn is an invaluable, yet often-overlooked skill. Here’s how a country superstar took the scary leap into slide guitar.
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Fretboard Workshop: Two-String Scales

October 6, 2018
Discover a new way to think about those same-old scales.
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Spice Up Your Cowboy Chords

September 29, 2018
Just because you live on the low end of the fretboard doesn’t mean you can’t add melodic and harmonic interest to your progressions.
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Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: Fancy Footwork

September 22, 2018
Tap your way to tighter, more confident grooves.
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Twang 101: Scotty Anderson’s Double-Stop Sorcery

September 15, 2018
Blazing double-stop licks and a unique picking style are hallmarks of one of today’s most underrated guitar pickers.
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Journey Out West: A Western Swing Primer

September 8, 2018
Since the early days of Bob Wills swinging away in Texas dance halls, this genre has combined elements of blues, jazz, country, and more. Here’s how to nail its timeless sound.
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Sweet Soul Music

September 1, 2018
Prolific performer and teacher Shawn Persinger teaches you how to get inside the sounds of Cropper, Jamerson, Dupree, and more.
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Twang 101: Vince Gill

August 25, 2018
Very few country stars have the chops, skill, and taste of this award-winning picker, singer, and songwriter. Here’s a look at how to cop his cosmic Tele vibe.
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