I still remember the first time I played a pinch harmonic. I was 15 years old, rocking out in my basement. I hit the face-melter note at the end of a sloppy pentatonic lick (hey, we all start...
If you're looking for a quick way to get started improvising with the major scale, the simplest path to take is to learn the Aeolian mode.
Ever since John Petrucci emerged from the gates of Berklee College of Music and into the world, he’s commanded respect.
There is something to be said for a sound of an instrument that can instantly bestow a certain feeling upon you. The Japanese 13-stringed koto is one of those unique instruments.
In this bite-sized lesson, Derek Trucks gives you some insights on incorporating natural and artificial harmonics into your slide lines.
In the Carter Family's unique brand of “mountain gospel music,” Maybelle Carter sang harmony and played distinctly ornate guitar parts on her 1928 Gibson L-5 archtop acoustic, seamlessly weaving...
Ever get the feeling you're putting too much emphasis on your lead playing and ignoring your rhythm playing? It happens a lot.
Though my chosen genre of music with my band Revocation is metal, I studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music, and I am always looking for creative ways to expand the musical palette of metal...
One of the most common ways to expand your soloing ideas over maj7 chords is to explore the Lydian sound, which produces a maj7#11 chord.
This feeling of "hitting a wall" is something we've all gone through as musicians. Our initial reaction might be to quickly slap a Band-Aid over the situation and learn more licks or new scales....
Scale playing is the most elemental expression of technical skill in music. From pianists to violinists, mastering this simple linear exercise is a rite of passage for new players.
It's time for another edition of Betcha Can't Play This! In this edition, Entombed A.D. Guitarist Nico Elgstrand gives us a brief but tantalizing glimpse of his string-melting shredding chops.
Have you ever wondered why major chords sound “happy” and minor chords sound “sad”?