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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 …

Electric Guitar

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are three reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaces it with provides even more valuable insight for …

Public Speaking

Video Lesson: Learn How to Practice Musically—Not Mechanically

Bill EvansApril 14, 2018<p><b>From the June 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY PAUL MEHLING</b><p><b>THE PROBLEM</b><p>You’re playing etudes and exercises, but you feel …

Guitar

How to use Apple’s Business Chat on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11.3

While the most discussed features of iOS 11.3 were the performance management and battery health tools, Apple released a bevy of new features in the …

Apps

The Five Traits of Transformative CEOs

The following case studies are excerpted from <i>The Comeback Kids: Lessons from Successful Turnarounds</i> (BCG report, December 2017).<p><b>HSBC.</b> After a rapid …

CEOs

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

Tony Robbins's Apology to the #MeToo Movement Is a Brilliant Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

If you ever need to apologize, take a close look at what the legendary life coach did--and didn't--say.<p>Since last summer, when women and men began speaking out en masse about their experiences of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, a lot of prominent, powerful men have issued apologies for the …

Me Too movement

Paul Reed Smith Discusses Controversy Over PRS John Mayer Silver Sky Guitar

1.6K<p>SHARES<p>So, what does Paul Reed Smith think about the controversy surrounding the recent release of the PRS Guitars John Mayer Silver Sky? He kinda …

Guitar

Yale's "Happiness 101" Course Is Available Online For Free — Here's How You Can Take It

What’s the secret to happiness? You could soon find out for free. One of Yale’s most popular classes — not just this school year, but in the …

Mental Health

How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting

“Katherine, have a go at it?”<p>I love this scene from the 2017 movie, <i>Hidden Figures.</i> Katherine, played by Taraji P. Henson, is put on the spot by her boss, played by Kevin Costner, in a room filled with top brass NASA officials — all male. She is asked to go to the chalkboard and lay out the math to …

Participation

How to Use the Principles of Adaptive Leadership in the Workplace

Pursue the Four Dimensions of Adaptive Leadership to Ensure Success<p>Updated April 14, 2018<p>In a traditional business structure, actions and direction …

Leadership

How to Be a Good Board Chair

Most board chairs are experienced leaders. Half the chairs of the S&P 500 double as their companies’ chief executives, and the vast majority of the rest are former CEOs. But the close association of the two positions creates problems. It’s difficult for a board led by the CEO to serve as a check on …

Management

From the Archive: Slash's "Paradise City" Lesson

Back in 2010, we sat down with then-former (and now, of course, current) Guns N' Roses guitarist, Slash, to discuss his self-titled solo debut. After …

Finger Tapping 101

Finger tapping is a great technique that you can use to create smooth sounding arpeggios or flowing runs up and down a scale.<p>This month I’m going to …

Posters

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Self-help

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’ …

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

Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Comfortably Numb" Shot with Guitar-Mounted Camera

1<p>SHARES<p>Below, check out a video of guitarist Thomas Leeb performing a solo acoustic-fingerstyle arrangement of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb."<p>What …

Guitar

Joe Pass Jazz Guitar Licks

Joe Pass is undoubtedly one of the greatest jazz guitarists to ever play the instrument. He could play single-line solo, chord soloing phrases, …

Electric Guitar

Lindsey Buckingham Teaches Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide"—Video

651<p>SHARES<p>Many a year ago, we sat down with legendary Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham for an interview. During the interview, we asked him …

Guitar

I spent 5 years studying millionaires — these are the 4 steps to achieving financial success

In my Rich Habits Study, I interviewed 233 millionaires, with at least $160,000 in annual gross income and $3.2 million in net assets.<p>One of the many revelations of the study was that the life you have is a reflection of the foundation you've built during your adult years.<p>If you work hard and …

Self-improvement

Five Steps to Walking Basslines on Guitar

Five easy steps you can take to create a cool-sounding and fun-to-play bassline over a ii-V-I chord progression.<p>3<p>SHARES<p>When learning how to play jazz …

Watch John Mayer Demo and Discuss His New PRS Silver Sky Guitar

"It's sort of a higher-definition Strat to me. I wanted to go in and take out a lot of those frequencies that you sort of have to work to roll …

How to make $400,000 a year writing about what you love — according to someone who's doing it

After posting my blogging income report from last year (where I made $401,681 with my blogging side hustle), I've been getting a lot of reader questions about how much money can you actually make blogging? I think blogging is the perfect side hustle because you can do it in your own time, you can …

Marketing

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

Why the Brain-Body Connection Is More Important Than We Think

Our brains aren’t flying solo; our emotions also come into play when we’re interacting with the world, new research finds.<p>The idea that our brains are like giant supercomputers, orchestrating and determining everything we do, has gained ground in recent years. So too have ideas that a short time …

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

The Motown and Stax record labels are synonymous with soul and R&B music during the 1960s

Electric Guitar

Harvard Business Review - Ideas and Advice for Leaders

Leadership

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, …

The 8 Best Guitar Strings Sets to Buy in 2018

While guitar strings might seem simplistic, they are an essential component of the instrument. Without strings, you have no music. And actually, …