Denis McDowell

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GUITAR THEORY: Groovy Riffs & Licks

Here's what it's like to jump three years forward in headphone innovation

The most expensive luxury gift I've ever bought myself was a pair of used headphones. Released by drone maker Parrot in 2013, the Ziks cost $399 at launch. I found mine used on eBay for $160 and have used them just about every day since.<p>Ziks are amazing devices, headphones built for tech nerds as …

30 chords acoustic guitar players need to know

Introduction<p>Open chords<p>If you’ve got the basics covered, the variations shown here should inspire you with some new sounds without being too much of …

Delta Blues Instructional Program - 'Rhythm & Riffs'

Make Powerful Licks from Towers of Fifths

0<p>SHARES<p>You’ve heard stacked fifths in action. After all, they drive infectious riffs such as those in “Message in a Bottle” by the Police, “Timeless” …

Blues Boomerangs: 12 Classic Blues Turnarounds

0<p>SHARES<p>Are your blues a little tired? Crave some fresh sounds?<p>Nothing rejuvenates a 12-bar groove faster than a fancy turnaround, and we’ve got a …

Bob Dylan "Dont think Twice, Its Alright" Folk Fingerstyle Guitar - FULL LESSON

Fretboard Workshop: 10 Essential Turnarounds

<b>Chops:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Theory:</b> Advanced <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Create jazzy-sounding turnarounds by using altered harmonies.<br>• Develop progressions with the …

Acoustic Adventures: Leo Kottke's Invisible Thumb

<b>Chops:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Theory:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Develop a rhythmically strong fingerstyle technique.<br>• Explore the essential elements of Leo …

Isolated Guitars: Hear "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and 11 Other Isolated Guitar Tracks

0<p>SHARES<p><b>PHOTO: Michael Ochs Archives | Getty Images</b><p>We admit it—we can’t get enough of isolated guitar tracks. After our recent post about 12 great …

What Bohlinger Plays: Easy, Jazz-ish Passing Chords

In this installment, he shows you how to insert sophisticated-sounding chord splashes into arrangements without studying for years on end to be a …

Soloing Strategies: The Most Electrifying Riffs of Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page

Truly a guitar god, Jimmy Page is one of the most captivating soloists the rock world has ever known. Daring, spontaneous, melodic, bluesy, diverse, …

Martin Simpson fingerstyle masterclass

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The Guitarist's Guide to the CAGED System

<b>Chops:</b> Beginner <b><br>Theory:</b> Beginner <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Learn how to convert all open-position chords to moveable shapes.<br>• Identify the location of the root …

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How to Balance Pickups on Strats and Teles

Guitars with two or three pickups offer lots of sonic variety, but they also introduce a particular problem that single-pickup instruments—such as …

Keeping Your Eyes on the Skies – A Partner’s View on SQL Server and UCS

<i>A Guest Blog by Partner</i> <i>Rick Heiges of Scalability Experts: Rick is a SQL Server Microsoft MVP and Senior Solutions Architect. He primarily works with Enterprise customers on their Data Platform strategies. Rick is also very involved in the SQL Server Community primarily through PASS and events such</i> …

The ultimate practice app for guitarists and musicians

Have you ever tried to learn or practice a song only to find it’s tuned a half step down or between two keys? Perhaps you like to sing too and you’d …

Comfortably Numb | 1st Solo - Global Guitar Network

[lollum_dropcap]O[/lollum_dropcap]ne of my favorite solos is the first one from Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.<p>Every time that I hear David Gilmour’s …

Top 20 Free VST Plugins (Best Of 2013)

What better way to end the year on a website such as BPB than making a retrospective of all the best <b>free VST plugins</b> which were released in the past …

Quick Tip: Logic Pro Key Commands by Dennis Driesschen

Using keyboard commands in Apple's Logic Pro X can significantly speed up your workflow and make using Logic Pro fun and intuitive. But with …

Getting Started with Sound Design

Two Basic Approaches to Synth Programming<p>Image: V-Synth GT sound design parameters<p>Do you experiment with sound design? One common misconception about …

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The Backdoor Progression Explained on Guitar

Why Backdoor?<p>The "backdoor" refers to a particular chord position in relation to the tonic or <b>I</b> chord. The easiest way to think of the backdoor chord …

Rhythm Rules: 5 Ways to Make Your Chords Cooler

<b>Chops:</b> Beginner <b><br>Theory:</b> Beginner <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Create more interesting chord progressions.<br>• Learn how to use extensions.<br>• Add more interest to …

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16 Legendary Fingerpicking Patterns

<i>For tabs see below.</i><p>Fingerpicking style is a technique that is used in many famous and legendary songs over the years. The 16 examples in this post …