Michael Flanagan

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Open-Position Licks: Learn Five Hot Phrases in the First Five Frets

<b>#1</b> Constructed from the G blues (G Bb C Db D F) and G major pentatonic (G A B D E) scales, this lick is at its best when played over a G7 chord. Aim …

Electric Guitar

Steve Vai’s Guide to Perfect Pedal Order

At some point, every guitarist wonders if effect pedals need to go in a specific order. The more pedals in your chain, the more likely you are to …

Steve Vai

These Seven Essential Capo Concepts Will Spice Up Your Fretwork

The word <i>capo</i> is short for <i>capotasto</i>, which means <i>principal fret</i> in Italian.<p>A capo is used to shorten the vibrating length of a guitar’s strings. When …

Learn 10 cunning chords that will fill out your guitar sound

<b>Adding a few choice notes to the basic major, minor and powerchords you already know adds flavour and can help fill out your sound.</b><p>Here are 10 tasty …

Improve your finger dexterity with this 20-minute guitar workout

<b>Developing your fretting skills is part of a bigger picture of simultaneously improving your picking technique. As you gain better coordination</b> …

Learn 5 classic T-Bone Walker-style guitar licks

<b>As one of the first guitarists to play blues on the electric guitar, the great T-Bone Walker would influence legends such as BB King, Chuck Berry,</b> …

String Bending: The One-Hour Workout

48<p>SHARES<p>We’ve all seen “blues face”—that gruesomely contorted grimace that suggests the guitarist behind it is expressing his or her deepest feelings …

John Lennon-Style Fingerpicking

Please read the following paragraph out loud (with apologies to AUTHOR Howard L. Chace).<p>Wants pawn term, dare lift disc yawn glad hoe plate bee …

The Mystery of Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’

In the summer of 1968, Van Morrison was a rock & roll refugee, an Irish blues poet on the run from his homeland after a bitter fling with pop …

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> …

Electric Guitar

Was Obama’s $1.7 billion cash deal with Iran prohibited by U.S. law?

By Glenn Kessler<p>The Fact Checker<p>This will be an unusual fact check. Essentially, we are fact-checking The Fact Checker.<p>Like many things these days, it all started with a tweet. President Trump tweeted about the $1.7 billion in cash that the Obama administration sent to Iran and wondered why there …

Obama Administration

8 essential blues guitar lead tricks

Introduction<p>Each of these easy lead guitar techniques has been distilled from the styles of many of the most important blues artists such as Stevie …

Electric Guitar

Revitalise your 12-bar blues chords with these 5 essential tips

Raise your 12-bars<p>But, variety being the undoubted spice of life, you can actually vary the arrangement in a surprising number of ways in order to …

Electric Guitar

Learn 5 essential blues guitar rhythm grooves with this easy lesson

<b>Arm yourself with the rhythm chops to see you through any blues jam...</b><p>The shuffle riff<p>A classic Chicago blues-style shuffle. Use your first finger on …

Blues Music

Three Pentatonic Exercises Every Guitarist Should Know

Pentatonics are the basis for most of every guitarist’s lead work, whether you play rock, blues or metal.<p>In this new lesson, Darrell Braun offers …

Electric Guitar

Video Lesson: Learn to Play Fast by Practicing Slowly

Bill EvansJanuary 14, 2018<p><b>From the March 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY PAUL MEHLING</b><p><b>THE PROBLEM</b><p>You want to play with more clarity and …

The Basics and Beyond: An In-Depth Guitar Lesson by Steve Vai

People are turned onto the guitar in different ways. A lot of it might have to do with who you are hanging out with, or if you have a brother or …

Pentatonic Trailblazing: How to Navigate Through a Familiar Scale to Produce Fresh-Sounding Licks

In this month’s column, I’d like to demonstrate a variety of ways to twist that staple scale heard in virtually all rock and metal solos—the trusty …

How to Master Sweep Picking: Learn the Rest Stroke

684<p>SHARES<p>One thing I notice when working with students who want to improve their sweep picking is that, very often, they're playing separate pick …

How to Play Like Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band and Great Southern

1.8K<p>SHARES<p>Forrest Richard “Dickey” Betts, founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, successful solo artist and leader of his own …

Five Precepts of Buddhism Explained

The broad category of moral conduct has been codified throughout the history of Buddhism, beginning in the Buddha’s time, into five precepts for …

Spirituality

Guitar Scales for Beginners: 12 Scales in 12 Minutes | Guitar Control

BLUES YOU CAN USE - Easy n' Fun Blues Boogie

Guitar basics: how to solo over a 12-bar blues chord progression

<b>Whether you’re a seasoned improviser or a jam-session novice, you can always refresh those 12-bar blues licks. We get jamming over the staple</b> …

Combining Pentatonic Scales to Create Unexpected Phrases

The word pentatonic is derived from the Greek penta, meaning five, and tonic, meaning tone. So, as its name implies, a pentatonic scale is any scale …

Guitar Lessons: Intro

In this tutorial we will learn & practice the five patterns of the major pentatonic scale. We guitarists often call these the pentatonic boxes. …

Basic Travis Finger Picking I - Let Your Fingers Do the Talking

One of the things that must be aggravating to some people is when they ask an “either / or” type of question and get an answer that is, essentially, …

Electric Guitar

The Grateful Dead’s Greatest Year

Bikers, blow and Belushi: As usual when the Grateful Dead took Manhattan, the band’s five-night stand at the Palladium in April 1977 had them all. …