April 2020

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ARTICLES

Pino

Palm-Mute Like Pino

March 28, 2020
What does it take to be an R&B bass icon? Here’s how Pino Palladino changed the game.
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Subversive Guitarist

Should You Learn to Read Music?

March 21, 2020
It’s a complicated calculus, with no hard-and-fast rules.
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Last Dance With Dorian

Last Dance with Dorian

March 14, 2020
It all started with a Fender Champ and a three-chord rock anthem.
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Double Stops

The Secret to Dissonant Double-Stops

March 7, 2020
Not all harmonies need to be “pretty.”
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Deep Purple

The Melodic Side of Ritchie Blackmore

February 29, 2020
The legendary guitarist not only wrote one of the most famous riffs of all time, he pioneered a style that gave birth to legions of shredders.
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Subversive

Mutant Folk Fingerpicking

February 22, 2020
A funky fingerstyle challenge that starts with Travis picking and then warps it beyond recognition.
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Spy Guitar

Spy Guitar Essentials

February 15, 2020
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn, understand, and incorporate the musical characteristics found in countless spy-film soundtracks.
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Phrygian

The Happy Side of the Phrygian Scale

February 8, 2020
Don’t let this often misunderstood scale lead you down the “wrong” path.
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Nashville Charts

How to Learn a Song Like a Nashville Pro

February 1, 2020
Here’s a fool-proof process for systematically embedding a song in your soul.
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Subversive

How Much Can You Say with a Single-Note Line?

January 25, 2020
Let’s consult J.S. Bach! Don’t know a partita from a fajita? No worries.
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Twang

The Unsung Heroes of Twang Guitar

January 11, 2020
It’s all about melody, reverb, and loud amps.
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Melodic Solos

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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Lessons

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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Rhythm Guitar

Why Is Rhythm Guitar So Hard?

December 14, 2019
It’s all in the details.
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RL Burnside

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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Auditioning

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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Classical Rock

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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The Subversive Guitarist

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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Melodic Comping

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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