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Guitar World Year in Review: The Top 10 Guitar Lessons of 2013

Guitar World Year in Review: The Top 10 Guitar Lessons of 2013

As 2014 rapidly approaches, Guitar World is taking a nostalgic look back at the most popular stories of 2013, including viral videos, guitar lessons, Guitar World Girls and other features.

Be sure to check out our other 2013 Year in Review stories HERE!

Today, we're revisiting the 10 most popular guitar lessons on, as determined by page views.

You'll find a fine assortment of useful lessons here — everything from a sweep-picking how-to to the art of shredding to a few Jake E. Lee-inspired staccato riffs. There's even a "Flight of the Bumblebee" lesson, two lessons by popular LessonFace instructor Steve Stine, two Guitar World lessons by John Petrucci of Dream Theater, one by Guitar World's own Jimmy Brown — and plenty more!

In fact, in the spirit of the holidays, we've even thrown in a bonus lesson! On that note, enjoy — and use — these 11 guitar lessons! Remember you can read the complete lessons by clicking on the READ THE FULL LESSON HERE link on each page.

See you in 2014! Remember to practice!

11. Bent Out of Shape: Jake E. Lee-Inspired, Staccato-Style Riffs by Will Wallner

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you how to play a solo I recorded for the new White Wizzard album. In that solo, I highlighted a riff/lick where I double-picked each note with palm muting to create a staccato-style effect.

The inspiration for this lick came from former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee, who used this effect in several Osbourne songs. The pre-chorus and chorus of "Bark at the Moon" use this technique, as well as the main riff from "Waiting for Darkness."

For this lesson, I want to explore some more applications of this technique and give you some ideas of how you can use it in your own playing. The technique can be applied to virtually any single-note sequence you can come up with. I find it best to create a simple melodic line and then apply the technique to create a riff or motif. I've found it particularly useful in my solos as a way to create dynamics.

Here's the lick from my previous lesson. Its just a very simple D minor pentatonic idea, which, combined with the technique, creates a much more memorable passage. This also is a good way to use pentatonics outside of the traditional rock-style licks.




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