Find new horizons with a few basic scales, some adventurous tunings, and a healthy dose of unfretted notes.


Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Discover new ways to play scales using open strings.
• Create unusual crosspicking patterns in altered tunings.
• Learn new ways to view the fretboard, both across and along the strings.


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“If there's ever an obscene noise to be made on an instrument, it’s gonna come out of a guitar ... that’s why I like it.” —Frank Zappa

I like this quote from Frank Zappa. While I don’t think any of the examples below could be deemed obscene, I love to hear a guitar do things only a guitar can do, and create music that only a guitar can make.

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