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Alternate Picking: The Ups and Downs of an Essential Technique

0<p>SHARES<p>Alternate picking is as important to a guitarist as alternating strides are to a sprinter. Imagine a sprinter leading with his right leg twice …

Electric Guitar

Incorporating Jazz Chords Into Metal

2<p>SHARES<p>Hello everyone, and welcome to my latest round of <i>Guitar World</i> columns! It’s great to be back, and I sincerely hope these lessons will be …

Electric Guitar

Speaker Cabs, Drivers and Impedances: a Guide

3<p>SHARES<p>It's amazing, in the scheme of things, how little we guitarists are prepared to experiment with our speaker cabinets.<p>Many players will change …

Music Production

How To Play Hemiola Rhythms

Q: I’ve been playing around with hemiola rhythms and, no matter how much I try to “feel” them. I can’t. Help? A: I assume that you’re talking about …

Electric Guitar

Exploring the Phrygian Mode’s Evil Sister Scale, Phrygian Dominant

531<p>SHARES<p>Last month we investigated the dark sound of the Phrygian mode, which is spelled intervallically 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7.<p>In the key of E, the …

Electric Guitar

How Arpeggios Can Improve Your Alternate Picking

2<p>SHARES<p>Very few people use alternate picking to play arpeggios unless the tempo is very slow. That’s what sweep picking is for, right?<p>But what if …

Electric Guitar

Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal

Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Oceans 11, a pedal that packs in eleven reverb styles into one stompbox. Its effects are described as ranging from …

Music Production

Obsessive Progressive: John Petrucci

Progressive metal’s most influential guitarist combines immaculate picking technique with aggressive tones to create the most technically demanding …

Guitar

Stairstepping Down — Blues Guitar Unleashed Blog

This is an idea I call “stairstep” pentatonics… and I stole it from Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, and some other modern blues …

Blues Music

Enhancing a Basic Progression with Unusual Arpeggios

7<p>SHARES<p>There have been countless times over the years where I have been called upon in a recording session to lay down a complimentary electric …

Electric Guitar

Guitar Essentials: 10 New Melodic Scale Sequences

3<p>SHARES<p>Learning scale patterns is a typical starting point for many aspiring soloists, and the first step usually involves mastering scales in a …

Electric Guitar

Which Tuning Standard Sounds Better: 432Hz or 440Hz?

265<p>SHARES<p>In modern music, 440Hz has been established as the tuning standard. The pitch is that of A above middle C, and it provides a measure by …

Guitar

Gypsy Jazz Guitar – Rhythm & Chord Progressions

This gypsy jazz guitar lesson is an introduction to “La Pompe”, the typical rhythm guitar strumming used in gypsy jazz, aka <i>Manouche</i>. You will learn …

Electric Guitar

The 50 Coolest Things Under $20 You Can Get on Amazon

Change your life for the price of less than one cool Jackson.<p>There are few surefire ways to feel better these days, what with all the stuff on the …

Shopping

John 5 Lesson: Sweep Picking, Sliding Finger Taps, Pinch Harmonics and Behind-the-Nut Bends

0<p>SHARES<p>In last month’s installment of Chop Shop, we looked at a classical-flavored run in E minor that incorporated arpeggios, octaves and a simple …

Electric Guitar

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 …

Electric Guitar

Beyond Blues: Nail Those Changes!

Fishing around for some new ideas to enhance your blues licks? Check out this step-by-step approach that covers everything from guide tones to scales.

Electric Guitar

Going the Distance: A Crash Course in Intervals

500<p>SHARES<p>In music theory, the term <i>interval</i> is used to measure the distance between two notes, like an inch, mile or light year with objects. Our …

Electric Guitar

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 …

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Guitar

Wild Stringdom with John Petrucci: Recognizing Repetitive Fretboard Shapes on All String Groups

3<p>SHARES<p>Hello, and welcome to my new <i>Guitar World</i> instructional column.<p>In the coming months, I’ll share with you some of the guitar-playing concepts …

15 Easy Guitar Tabs to Get You Started

<b>When I say</b> easy guitar tabs, I don't just mean songs that are easy to play. We have an easy guitar songs roundup that is mostly focused on tracks …

Paul Gilbert Lesson: The Truth About Inside and Outside Picking

15<p>SHARES<p>Guitarist Troy Grady hosts a web series called "Cracking the Code."<p>In each episode, he breaks down a phrase—or something awesome that he has …

The Art of Practicing (and Getting Motivated to Practice)

0<p>SHARES<p>We all know the old joke. A man is walking down the streets of Manhattan and someone approaches him for directions, asking, "How do you get to …

More on Ascending and Descending Legato Runs and Developing "Fret-Hand" Traction

5<p>SHARES<p>As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, when I’m soloing, I like to combine a variety of flashy techniques—such as sweep picking, fretboard …

Guitar on a Budget: Pros Offer Advice on Getting the Most Out of Your Gear

Bill EvansMay 5, 2018<p><b>From the June 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GREG OLWELL</b><p>Even if you’re the kind of guitar-obsessed nut who spends hours …

Develop your funk rhythm guitar grooves with these classic chord vamps

<b>Early funk is often associated with the Godfather Of Soul James Brown, who helped pioneer this style of dance music in the late 60s and early 70s.</b> …

Name That Tune! A Primer on Melodic Ear Training

23<p>SHARES<p>A blessing or a curse? Whatever your attitude on the subject, there’s something truly remarkable about the ability to hear music in your head …

10 Gorgeous Non-Open-String Chords

128<p>SHARES<p>A few weeks back, David Walliman shared his top 10 favorite open-string chords that can be moved on the fretboard.<p>In this new video, he …

What the Ell?: How to Make the Most of 4 Chords

One of Nashville’s bona fide hitmakers shares secrets to making stock progressions pop.