Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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Playing in the pocket is the most important thing in music. Just think about how we talk about great music: It's "grooving" or "swinging" or "rocking." Nobody ever says, "I really enjoyed their use of inverted suspended triads," or "their application of large-interval pentatonic sequences was fascinating." So, whether you're playing live or recording, time is everyone's responsibility, and you must develop your ability to play in the pocket.

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No need to fall back on those stock, tired blues licks.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Understand the basics of the blues scale.
  • Create angular lines by taking an intervallic approach.
  • Toss out all those B.B., Freddie, and Albert licks.
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We all get burned out playing the same scales, the same way, over and over. A common solution to that guitar-driven angst is to search out other scales, hoping to find a new muse. While learning new scales is an important part of your development as a player, you can often overlook some structures within a scale that you already know.

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Learn how to work out all of your technique issues and become a more relaxed guitarist.

Beginner

Intermediate

  • Develop a deeper control of your technique.
  • Systematically work through each fretting-hand finger permutation.
  • Learn how to play with less tension.
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Play whatever you want, whenever you want. Sounds good, right? The road to get to that level can be filled with practicing new scales and chords along the way. New patterns and shapes can be tricky and trying to get your fingers to do your bidding can be a challenge. It seems like there are millions of finger exercises to work on, but to what end?

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Find out why this pattern favored by metal shredders and jazz gurus is one of the most accurately named modes.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Advanced
Lesson Overview:
• Learn about the entire harmonic universe of the melodic minor scale.
• Understand how to match the different modes to the appropriate chords.
• Develop a deeper understanding of altered dominants.

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It's interesting how scales develop their names. In particular, what makes Super Locrian super? I'm sure there are a whole host of reasons/theories surrounding that one, but let's save that for another time. Today I want to focus on a different scale that somehow has earned the most admirable of adjectives—the melodic minor scale. The name might lead one to believe that this particular group of notes is the only way to be “melodic" on your instrument. Can we all agree that isn't the case? Cool. Let's move on.

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