Matt Tippett

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Diatonic Arpeggios You Can Really Use (Part 3)

If you’ve been following this series, you can probably guess how we’re going to form eleventh arpeggios. If you haven’t, feel free to check out Part …

Electric Guitar

Diatonic Arpeggios You Can Really Use (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at a way to pull arpeggios out of scales by looking at the bigger picture first, then focusing on a smaller part of it. This …

Guitar

Diatonic Arpeggios You Can Really Use (Part 1)

Truth be told, I always found arpeggios very challenging to learn and ended up trying to force them into my playing. At Music College we were given …

Electric Guitar

Monster 4NPS Scale Runs without the Monster Stretches

I’ve been a huge fan of 4NPS (four-note-per-string) scales ever since I first saw them on the Allan Holdsworth REH DVD back when it was a video …

Yoga

How to Really Hear the Modes

You can find tons of stuff on modes right here on the blog, but I’d like to share this quick exercise which tests whether you’re really hearing them …

5 Free Udemy Guitar Courses That Aren’t for Beginners

<b>Go Country</b><br>First up is a course entitled, ‘Hybrid Technique for Modern Guitar’, which is basically a very in-depth free introduction to that kind of …

Leigh's Left-hand Legato Workout

Legato is a great skill for guitar players to incorporate into their arsenal and comes in many forms; the word translates to “tied together” meaning …

Beyond Pentatonics by Graham Tippett

A lot of students ask me how they can take their improvisation skills to the next level and move beyond pentatonic scales and into modes and …

Blues Soloing Tricks: How to Easily Jazz Up Your Blues Soloing

It’s been a while since we’ve looked at blues soloing, so I thought I’d add to the Blues Soloing Tricks series of posts with a quick lesson on using …

The Most Versatile Yet Underused Picking Technique

<b>How to Practice Crosspicking</b><br>Once you have the basic technique down, you’ll want to practice crosspicking in a variety of situations but especially …

How Not to Get Lost When Improvising

Practice the chord progression like this until you no longer need to refer to these diagrams. You should notice a couple of things here: 1) where …

10 Ways to Better Improvising

<b>Scales are the Alphabet</b><br>Talking of scales, an unhealthy fixation on 3NPS, CAGED or any other kind of scale system can stagnate your soloing abilities …

Two-Note-Per-String Major Scales and Modes

Here’s an interesting concept for you to try out. I remember playing around with it unintentionally when I first began to look at major scale …

Horizontal Guitar Scales Lesson

Break free from vertical scale patterns and learn to improvise horizontally on guitar!<p>After paying close attention to how Steve Vai´s hands move up …

What Really Took My Playing to the Next Level

Strangely enough, it’s a fundamental part of music but a great deal of guitar music education, and especially guitar books, are not based on it. …

Electric Guitar

Chords: How to Learn the Harmonized Major Scale (Part 2)

In Part 1 we looked at the basic theory behind the harmonized major scale and how to learn four sets of root position chords that will give you over …

Electric Guitar

Chords: How to Learn the Harmonized Major Scale

A great way to learn chords and chord progressions is to learn them in context, whether it be a song or the chord chart for a backing track (yes, …

Electric Guitar

Diatonic Harmony: Soloing Over Chord Progressions

Knowing what scales to use over a given chord progression was always shrouded in mystery for me until I understood diatonic and non-diatonic harmony. …

Electric Guitar

How to Avoid Cliché Pentatonic Licks

While the pentatonic scale is an incredibly useful tool for guitar players of the rock and blues variety, the standard method of learning the scale …

The Key to Breaking Out of Scale Boxes

You’ll find a lot of stuff on the internet about breaking out of scale patterns; some players suggest learning the modes (more boxes?) or throwing …

Electric Guitar

Guitar Hacks: The Memory-Friendly Chord Book by Graham Tippett

I’ll get straight to the point; I wrote this book as a quick and dirty method for learning a ton of chords.<p>For most guitarists there is nothing more …

From Scales to Solos: Zonal Improvisation on Guitar by Graham Tippett

If you ask anyone who's been playing guitar for a while how to turn scales into solos, you'll likely get a variety of answers. They'll tell you to …

Simple Chord Tone Soloing System by Graham Tippett

Chord tone soloing and soloing over changes on guitar is a complex area which can be approached in many ways, and where even a cursory search for …

Fourths Tuning: Chords and Inversions by Graham Tippett

Tune your B and E strings up to C and F respectively and you're in all fourths tuning. The first time I did this it was truly a revelation to me to …

Fourths Tuning: Scales and Arpeggios by Graham Tippett

Following on from, ‘Fourths Tuning – Chords and Inversions’ (also available on Google Play), I wanted to share a number of ways to see scales and …

50 More Guitar Hacks: For the Thinking Man's Guitarist by Graham Tippett

Due to the fantastic response to the first book in this series, ’50 Guitar Hacks for the Thinking Man’s Guitarist’, it gives me immense pleasure to …

2 Golden Rules for Combining Scales with Chords

We’ve been talking a lot on the blog lately about improvisation methods and systems. The guitar is a double-edged sword in this regard as a solo can …

How to Solo Over Chord Changes (Part 8)

In Part 8, we look at the last of the upper chord extensions: the 13, and we'll also be walking you through the process of analyzing a set of changes …

How to Play Over Chord Changes (Part 7)

<b>3 Things to Realize</b><br>The first thing to realize is that you don’t have to play ALL the chord tones over every chord because a) they weren’t created …

How to Find Scale Patterns that Work for You

Nowadays, I play in fourths tuning (EADGCF) around 75% of the time because I love it, and the rest of the time I use standard (covers gigs, teaching, …