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Focusing on Specific Fretboard Positions for Rhythm and Soloing

Focusing on specific fretboard positions for rhythm and soloing As I stated last month, the are many different ways in which guitar players can navigate chord resolutions and likewise allude to them via single-note melodic lines.Students have often asked me how to “break free” from the most commonly used chord voicings and scale-based licks in order to play with more musical freedom and variety... …

How to Utilize Unusual Alternate Tunings Like Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page is regarded as one of rock’s greatest guitarists, bandleaders and producers for the incredibly rich canon of music he created with Led Zeppelin.But not everything produced by the man was as crushingly heavy as Zep favorites like “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Rock and Roll.” Jimmy was often quoted as saying his true passion was to create a combination of “light... …

In Deep with Blues Masters John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins

The blues is ripe for endless and constant reinvention. Through the decades, it has developed in many different incarnations.These include plantation field hollers; the acoustic guitar playing and songwriting mastery of Charlie Patton, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson; the Chicago, Memphis and Texas blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and T-Bone Walker;... …

Improvising on a I-IV Chord Vamp

An element of endless fascination and discovery in developing one’s improvisational skills on the guitar is the many ways in which to negotiate chordal resolutions.Regardless of the style of music you’re playing, the task of moving through chord progressions and harmonic resolutions is always at the fore. As a soloist, one always has the option of referencing, or “highlighting,” those... …

Mastering the Wild Style of Guitar Legend Johnny Winter, Part 1

On July 16, 2014, the world lost one of the greatest and most influential guitarists ever: Johnny Winter.Born in Beaumont, Texas, on February 23, 1944, Winter, who was born with albinism, stood out not only for this unusual fact but, more importantly, because of his virtuoso, high-octane, one-of-a-kind guitar playing and his wild, banshee-like vocal prowess.Johnny’s screams of “Rock and Roll!!!... …

Blues Shapes, Part 2: More on Using Triadic Forms as Soloing Templates

Last month, we explored using triadic (three-note) chord shapes as a means to fortify a deeper understanding of chord “grips” and intervallic relationships on the fretboard, as well as how one can use these shapes as a springboard for improvising single-note solo melodies. ... …

Examining Jimi Hendrix's Rhythm-Guitar Genius

Jimi Hendrix's stature as rock's greatest guitarist is by now an absolute and indisputable fact. In this edition of "In Deep," I'll examine his genius within the realm of rhythm guitar. ... …

Blues Shapes: Using Triadic Forms As Soloing Templates

A common area of study for all guitarists is the understanding and musical application of chord forms, which is essential to the development of rhythm guitar parts, arrangements and accompaniments. ... …

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