Sam Cox

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God of War guide: tips to know before you play

God of War is a fantastic game — that’s better with a few tips<p><i>God of War</i> is one of the year’s best games, but similarly to last year’s <i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i>, it can be surprisingly opaque. Having completed the main story and much of the postgame adventure, I wish I’d known the …

Mastering the Modes of G Major with Three Notes Per String

478<p>SHARES<p>An effective way to master scales and modes on the guitar is to practice playing them three notes per string. In my experience, this is …

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11 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and other larger-than-life tech companies, somehow also seems to find time to read.<p>Musk says that reading books — from epic works of fantasy like the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy to complex how-to books on building rockets — is crucial to helping him achieve …

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Monster Licks: How to Create Tension and Retain Intensity with the Diminished 7th Scale

265<p>SHARES<p>The diminished 7th scale is such an amazing scale to use in conjunction with standard minor and pentatonic scales. It creates a very mild …

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Top questions you should ask during an interview to raise eyebrows

Job interviews are laced with questions that give the interviewer the opportunity to get to know A) if you will be an asset to the company and B) if …

How to Forge Aggressive, Memorable Riffs with Unexpected Twists

39<p>SHARES<p>Whenever I am composing primary riffs for a metal song, one of my goals is to come up with something that not only sounds heavy but also …

10 Books You Pretend To Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books - but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's …

Expand Your Soloing Vocabulary with the Half-Whole Symmetrical Diminished Scale

0<p>SHARES<p>Last month, I discussed ways for guitar players to expand their improvising vocabulary. I’m a big proponent of transcribing other musicians’ …

The Oddly Fascinating Pairing of Two Completely Unrelated Triads

2<p>SHARES<p>Last month, I presented a neat formula for generating two unusual and exotic hexatonic (six-note) scales, which I called D “gypsy-minor …

Brendon Small Says "Betcha Can't Play This"

Many a moon ago, Brendon Small—the mastermind behind <i>Metalocalypse's</i> Dethklok and, more recently, Galaktikon—sent us a "Betcha Can't Play This" that …

Applying Sweep Arpeggios Musically Over Chord Changes

4<p>SHARES<p>Being able to sweep pick arpeggios cleanly and fluently requires a great deal of practice, but the technique is just that—an approach to …

Employing Chromatic Passing Tones to Connect Phrases and Fretboard Positions

Learn how to use chromatic passing tones to connect scale positions up and down the fretboard and how to introduce some unusual and unexpected …

Three Must-Know Jazzy Pentatonic Patterns

Keep the minor pentatonic scale in your vocabulary—even though you’re not using it in a rock or blues context<p>12<p>SHARES<p>One of the first scales many …

How Guitarists Can Build Super-Human Legato Chops

An essential element in soloing for all guitarists is the use of legato techniques.<p>The term legato is defined as “smooth and connected,” and a legato …

Learn Three Easy Classical Guitar Songs

Just getting started with classical guitar? We've got the video for you!<p>0<p>SHARES<p>Just getting started with classical guitar? We've got the video for …

The settings you should change immediately after buying a new TV

It's finally a good time to make the jump to a 4K TV. Prices have come down, HDR is up to snuff, and there are a bevy of great models to choose from. But once you bring your new TV home, you may want to take a trip through its settings and tweak a few in order to get the best possible picture.<p>If …

An Introduction to Symmetrical Scales for Guitar

450<p>SHARES<p>When learning how to play jazz guitar, or any style of guitar for that matter, we often spend a lot of time working on pentatonic, blues, …

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Learn to choose the right scale for your guitar solo with these 5 cunning blues licks

<b>Choose the scale for the sound you’re after with these five licks written specially to give a certain sound...</b><p>Minor pentatonic scale over dominant …

Electric Guitar

Secrets of Shred with Sammy Boller: Speed Pentatonic Scales

736<p>SHARES<p>In this lesson, I’ll be demonstrating my favorite way to rearrange the pentatonic scale into a two string-speed pattern.<p>This trick allows …

29 Strange Products People Are Buying On Amazon That Are Pure Genius

People are always telling me I have an affinity for the bizarre, and I like to think that translates over to the kinds of things I love to buy …

Unlock the Secrets of the Seven Fundamental Modes Favored by Randy Rhoads

2.3K<p>SHARES<p>This month, I’d like to illustrate a very clear and effective way to memorize the series of scales that are collectively known as the seven …

The Secret Notes of the Pentatonic Scale

The Pentatonic scale is one of the most utilized scales in music. It can be heard in nearly every culture of music around the world and has served as …

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The secrets of Dark Souls lore explained and explored

<i>"No matter how tender, how exquisite, a lie will remain a lie." - Lord Aldia</i>Karl Popper wrote a short-but-sweet essay called "The Conspiracy Theory …

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Catch up with the complete Dark Souls lore primer

<i>In the beginning, there were some boring dragons, and a few humanoids living underground. Fire appeared, the people took control of it, and a naked</i> …

Scientists store digital images in DNA, and retrieves them perfectly

Researchers have developed one of the first complete systems to store digital data in DNA -- allowing companies to store data that today would fill a …

Turnarounds Part 1 - With Jens Larsen [Lessons]

<b>Soloing</b>: In this lesson I want to talk about the I VI II V turnaround and what you can play over it and how you can practice it. The lesson will give …

Are These The Top 10 Greatest Guitar Solos Ever?

When it comes to modern day music, so often sterilized with glossy production, auto-tune and repetitive harmonies the epic guitar solo is rapidly …

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5 Skills You Won’t Learn in School, Skill Four: How to Speak the Jazz Language

Imagine that you’ve just stepped off a plane in a foreign country…You grab your suitcase and step onto the soil for the first time and suddenly …

Electric Guitar

LessonFace with John Heussenstamm: Introduction to Jazz Guitar

<b>This video and article offer introductory jazz guitar concepts from guitarist and music educator John Heussenstamm. Author and co-author of multiple</b> …

Electric Guitar

Intermediate Guide to Jazz Improvisation

Along with learning how to play chords, scales, and arpeggios, building your Jazz improvisation skill set is essential in your development as a Jazz …

Electric Guitar