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Lessons: Rock


The Tao of Jeff Beck

March 17, 2018
Here's a crash course in how one of the most eclectic and influential guitarists of all time developed a unique vocabulary through speedy rockabilly licks, fuzzed-out melodies, and an otherworldly use of the vibrato bar.
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When Do I Use Distortion?

October 21, 2017
Distortion isn’t a bad thing, but there is an epidemic sweeping the nation that you’re not going to hear about on the 6 o’clock news, and it’s a mass dependence on hard-clipped soundwaves.
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The Shred Decoder: Expand Your Melodic and Rhythmic Control

October 14, 2017
Unleash the power of shreddy subdivisions.
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Supercharge Your Improv

September 30, 2017
Berklee rock-guitar guru Jon Finn shares secrets on how to kick your from-the-hip playing up a few notches.
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What Bohlinger Plays - Cascading Jangle Riff in E

August 8, 2017
Watch and learn a hooky pull-off motif inspired by rock ’n’ roll icon Buddy Holly.
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Obsessive Progressive: Get a Grip on Odd-Meter Time Signatures

July 29, 2017
Not all riffs need to live in a comfortable space. Some of the most iconic jams rely on adding or subtracting a few beats to create that perfect, yet uneasy feel.
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The Live Side of Jimmy Page

June 24, 2017
Led Zeppelin’s onstage interplay and improvisation are the stuff of legend. Here we delve into Page-inspired licks from the band’s iconic early-’70s live albums.
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The Guitarist’s Guide to New-Wave Guitar

June 3, 2017
The 1980s were full of iconic tones and riffs from players like Andy Summers, Johnny Marr, and Adrian Belew. Let’s see if we can borrow a bit of that vintage mojo to craft compelling new riffs.
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Trey Anastasio’s Jazz Odyssey

November 19, 2016
Phish’s nimble guitarist navigates changes with ease largely because he takes inspiration from jazz greats.
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Cram Session: The Ups and Downs of String Skipping

May 21, 2016
Legendary rock guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan, Shawn Lane, and Nuno Bettencourt created wildly interesting and provocative lines by simply skipping over the obvious choice.
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Rhythm Is King: Malcolm Young’s Rock-Solid Riffage

April 23, 2016
Malcom Young’s iconic riffs—long considered the sonic glue of AC/DC—appear deceptively simple. Look again.
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How “Freebird” Taught Me Everything I Need to Know About Rock Guitar Soloing

April 9, 2016
These fast pentatonic runs lie at the heart of rock guitar.
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Cram Session: Pentatonic Power

April 2, 2016
There’s a lifetime of learning packed into only five notes. Everyone from Clapton to Satriani has squeezed out the secrets. Now it’s your turn.
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Digging Deeper: Rocking Chord-Melody Technique

March 19, 2016
Learning how to harmonize a melody isn’t just for jazzers—even rock-minded guitarists can get into the action.
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Kick Out the Jams: Using the “Wrong” Mode in the Right Way

January 2, 2016
Sometimes you need to break the rules to discover new sounds.
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Digging Deeper: Faux Whammy Bends

December 19, 2015
Get some slippery-sounding bends without reaching for the bar.
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Cram Session: Alternate Picking

December 12, 2015
The concept is simple. It’s the application that takes work.
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Electric Etudes: John McLaughlin

December 5, 2015
Even with a wealth of theoretical concepts at his fingertips, Mahavishnu’s leader still plays from the gut.
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Future Rock: Expanding Your Pentatonic Horizons

November 14, 2015
Five-note scales go way beyond the basic major and minor pentatonic forms.
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World Gone Shred: Japanese Pentatonics

October 24, 2015
Not all pentatonic scales are created equal.
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