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Crosspicking on the Guitar

• Art Center<br>• Music<br>• Guitar<br>• Crosspicking on the Guitar<p>One technique related to how guitarists alternate pick is called <i>crosspicking.</i> No, it doesn’t involve …

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40 Ways to Play a 'C' Chord

0<p>SHARES<p>“What would Jimi do?" It's a question I've asked myself countless times over the last four decades, particularly when faced with creating …

How to Play This Common Blues Turnaround

228<p>SHARES<p>You know that moment in ZZ Top's "La Grange," where everything stops and Billy Gibbons plays a dramatic, beautiful descending lick? Well, if …

Applying Sweep Picking to Chord Progressions

3<p>SHARES<p>As useful as sweep picking can be for playing an ascending or descending arpeggio over a single chord, developing the ability to seamlessly …

How Guitarists Can Break Through Speed Barriers

113<p>SHARES<p>The art of properly practicing technical passages on the guitar has many parallels to athletic training in its way, as it is a physical …

Using String Skipping to Create Angular, Sweep-Type Sounds

48<p>SHARES<p>String skipping is a technique I use in a handful of solos that I’ve recorded with my band, Falling in Reverse. Some of my guitar students …

Hitting the Pocket: The Importance of Dynamics and Grooving When Soloing

0<p>SHARES<p>Two of the most important and effective elements in creating expressive improvisations are the incorporation of dynamics and groove. …

How to Use Triads

These three-note chords are the most underrated tools in your guitar-playing kit. Here’s why.

Finger Twisters: Re-Thinking Solos Over the I IV V Progression

23<p>SHARES<p>Hey there, faithful readers! In this second installment of Finger Twisters (Click here for Part 1), I'd like to examine, or shall I say …

A Six-Note, Three-Octave, Major-Scale Exercise to Help You Know Your Way Around the Fretboard

Learn an interesting, unique and cool major-scale exercise to help you learn and eventually master the fret board.<p>22<p>SHARES<p>As you can tell from my …

Using Monster Three-Notes-Per-String Pentatonic Patterns to Efficiently Traverse the Fretboard

When it comes to soloing using minor pentatonic patterns, most guitarists are well accustomed to using two-notes-per-string “box” positions.<p>I’d like …

Master Motown and Stax rhythm grooves in 20 minutes with this easy guitar lesson

<b>The Motown and Stax record labels are synonymous with soul and R&B music during the 1960s. The stylistic traits of their musical output have</b> …

Do Your Solos Sound the Same? 6 Killer Licks to Break You Out

6 Killer Licks to Break You Out – The Lick Loft<p>Do your solos sound the same? Sometimes you can get stuck in a rut with your playing and end up using …

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 …

10 Easy Licks Every Guitarist Should Know

4.7K<p>SHARES<p>Having some trouble getting your soloing off the ground? This video may be able to help you out.<p>In this lesson from Darrel Braun—the man …

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16 Incredible Free Adobe Plugins from the Editor of 'Sharknado 2'

These will put you one step closer to being that editor that can do it all.Vashi Nedomansky is a professional editor who’s worked on 11 feature films …

How to Hack the Five Pentatonic Scale Shapes

627<p>SHARES<p>Let’s face it: if your goal is to achieve Guitar God status, you’ve got to be fluent playing lead over the entire neck, and not just in one …

Electric Guitar

Four Actionable Practice Methods to Help You Improve Every Day

508<p>SHARES<p><b>FROM THE AUTHOR: If you disagree, keep it kosher. We’re just talking guitars.</b><p>If you’re like me, you would love to spend more time playing …

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Five Minor Pentatonic Licks That Don’t Sound Like Minor Pentatonic Licks

6<p>SHARES<p>If you’ve played guitar long enough, you’re probably pretty savvy at detecting licks created from the minor pentatonic scale, thanks to the …

Electric Guitar

Nine Ways Guitarists Can Write Better Songs

0<p>SHARES<p>If you’re a guitarist who writes music, this video is especially for you.<p>In this installment of his Sensei Series, guitar instructor Steve …

Learn to Play: Alex Skolnick Teaches 3–Note Runs

Over the past year, we've learned a lot from Testament's Alex Skolnick. He has taught us about triads and sweep picking, how to play 5–note patterns, …

Class up your guitar solos with these 15 vintage blues licks

<b>The goal of this feature is to get you sounding more authentic in the vintage blues style. There are 15 examples to study and they have been split</b> …

Guitar Hacks: Learn Triads Faster

Triads are incredibly useful on guitar, not only for building chords and arpeggios, but for soloing too, and especially soloing over chord changes. …

B.B. King Blues: Learn 10 Licks, Plus a 12-Bar Solo, B.B. Style

3<p>SHARES<p><b>PHOTO: Astrid Stawiarz | Getty Images</b><p>B.B. King played a style of electric blues that was entirely his own. From his choice of notes to his …

Warning: Seriously Scary Scale Knowledge

0<p>SHARES<p>One question that comes up consistently from my students is, “How do I develop the ability to play long phrases at mind-numbing tempos and …

These Five Licks Will Help You Memorize All the Pentatonic Positions

2.2K<p>SHARES<p>Guitarists are creatures of habit, like everyone else. And that can be a problem when it comes to playing our instrument, particularly when …

How to Steal a Guitar Lick—and Make It Your Own

0<p>SHARES<p><b>PHOTO: Cindy Moorhead</b><p>It’s great when music inspires us, but there’s a fine line between being influenced and outright stealing. The trick is …

The Key to Understanding the Minor Pentatonic Scale

412<p>SHARES<p>The minor pentatonic scale is quite possibly the most used and, suffice it to say, over-used scale on the guitar. The open strings …

Electric Guitar

The Cheap Telecaster Shoot-Out: Three Budget Teles Under $450

1<p>SHARES<p>So you want to buy a Telecaster, but you don’t want to spend too much. There are a number of budget versions available, but how good can they …

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