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Albert King: Four Signature Moves Behind His Blues Power

1<p>SHARES<p>Albert King induced Lucy, his Gibson Flying V, to moan and cry the blues. He played left-handed and upside down, and the massively bent notes …

Guitar

Simply Smart Home offers free Nest Protect smoke detectors to 50,000 Toronto residents

Toronto-based smart home service provider Simply Smart Home is partnering with Nest to give 50,000 Nest Protect units to Torontonians.<p>To take …

Home Ownership

Using the Harmonic Minor Scale and Phrygian-Dominant Mode to Create Neoclassical Metal-Style Solos

0<p>SHARES<p>One of the things I enjoy about metal lead guitar is that most of the time I’m soloing over power chords, which consist of a root note and a …

Electric Guitar

Gear Gods Editor Launches New Guitar Lesson Series - "The Only Guitar Scale System You'll Ever Need"

The RelationShapes guitar scale system is a way of looking at scales not just as a set of notes that you play from root to root up and down, but a …

Guitar

Fun with Two Bright-Sounding, Uniquely Flavored Scales Built from the Same Six Notes

0<p>SHARES<p>Last month, I presented the intriguingly exotic C Lydian hexatonic scale, which is formed by combining C and D triads (C E G + D F# A = C D E …

Electric Guitar

Mastering the Modes of G Major with Three Notes Per String

461<p>SHARES<p>Close<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 …

Electric Guitar

A New Study Suggests There Could Have Been Intelligent Life on Earth Before Humans

Looking for aliens across deep space is great, but have we looked hard enough in our own terrestrial backyard—here on Earth?<p><i>One author of the new study, leading climatologist Gavin Schmidt, wrote a work of fiction to explore its findings. Read 'Under the Sun', which we published at Terraform</i> …

Research

Expanding on Chord Shapes Within the Context of Funk Guitar

0<p>SHARES<p>In last month’s column, I discussed some techniques one can apply when soloing, specifically using both a single-note and a chordal approach …

Electric Guitar

Brian Setzer: How to Shred Like a Rockabilly Master

0<p>SHARES<p>In these clips, Joe from Reverb grabs an attractive Gretsch 6120 and breaks down three representative (but not overplayed) Setzer riffs and/or …

Guitar

Steal These Five Blistering Zakk Wylde Licks

643<p>SHARES<p>If you happen to draw up a list of blazing fast pentatonic players, odds are, Zakk Wylde will be one of the guitarists on it. Wylde has …

Guitar

A Guide to Rolling Shred Patterns

45<p>SHARES<p>In this addition of Secrets of Shred, I’m going to show you a unique way of shifting positions by rolling across the frets on adjacent …

Guitar

Obsessive Progressive: Open-String Chords

Add ethereal layers to your chord progressions by inserting a few carefully selected open strings.

Electric Guitar

Tapper's Delight: 20 Challenging Tapping Licks

41<p>SHARES<p>Fretboard tapping has earned a bad name in certain sectors of the guitar community. Some players dismiss it as a technique suitable only for …

Electric Guitar

Put More Funk in Your Rhythm Playing

0<p>SHARES<p><b>ARE YOU READY FOR A REAL WORKOUT?</b> Our last stop on the soul train focused on single, double, and triple sixteenth-note motifs, and utilized …

Electric Guitar

Device Turns Any Guitar Into A Music Teacher

Fret Zealot is an app and connected LED kit that attaches to any guitar to help people learn songs

Guitar

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 …

Electric Guitar

Using String Skipping to Create Multi-Octave Tapped Arpeggios

This month I’d like to talk about the technique I use to perform the fast arpeggiated phrases on the song “A Wonderful Slippery Thing,” from my <i>Erotic</i> …

Electric Guitar

Joe Satriani's Guide to Jimi Hendrix-Style R&B Rhythm Guitar

One of the most important aspects of becoming a competent, well-rounded and in-demand guitar player is a dedication to the art of rhythm guitar …

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 …

Electric Guitar

Speed Demon: Delving Deeper Into Two-Hand Tapping

40<p>SHARES<p>Close<p>The pattern demonstrated here is derived from a song of mine called “Full Speed X,” which I recorded for <i>Sonic Stomp II</i>. In this passage, …

Electric Guitar

E-Z Does It: Delta Blues-Style, Drone-Based Ideas in the Key of E

27<p>SHARES<p>Close<p>This month, we’ll conclude our exploration of drone-based riffing and soloing approaches and use the open low E string as our drone …

Electric Guitar

10 Essential Altered Tunings Every Guitarist Should Know

If you’re searching for fresh sounds and new ideas, one of the best things you can do is to play in an altered tuning—as so many adventurous, …

Lesson: Get to Know Your Fretboard

Bill EvansMarch 13, 2018<p><b>From the May 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY RON JACKSON</b><p><b>THE PROBLEM</b><p>Your knowledge of the fretboard is weak and you’d like …

Electric Guitar

Alexa lets you make calls, send messages from your tablet

Using Amazon Alexa and a tablet, you can now make phone and video calls or send messages to anyone with the Alexa app.<p>You can now use Alexa to make free phone/video calls and send messages with some Android, iPad and Amazon Fire tablets. Previously, both parties needed an Amazon Echo speaker to be …

Smart Homes

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 …

When Sweep Picking Gets Old, Try This

When you're crafting a solo and trying to make a lick that will give the same wonderful feel of sweeping, try these “2-1's” instead.<p>1<p>SHARES<p>Sweep …

Acoustic Guitar Strumming Patterns

A lesson on how to understand and comprehend basic acoustic guitar strumming patterns, with some practical advice and helpful video …

Exploring Mixolydian-Based Melodies and Chord Structures

How to build chord shapes from the Mixolydian mode.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>In the last few columns, we looked at ways to build chord shapes, or “grips,” from the …

Want to Knock 'em Dead in Nashville? Learn These 20 Tasty Country Licks

Exploring the world of country guitar is a diverse and exciting journey, one from which a guitarist of any background can benefit, while having …

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

Choose the scale for the sound you’re after with these five licks written specially to give a certain sound...

Electric Guitar