Did it ever occur to you that some shredders might not really be as fast as you think—that maybe they just have discovered a few techniques to help them sound like they can shred?
One thing that gets in the way of developing hand synchronization—without us even realizing it—is bad timing, especially in terms of the fretting hand.
The minor pentatonic scale is quite possibly the most used and, suffice it to say, over-used scale on the guitar. The open strings themselves even make up the notes of the E minor pentatonic scale.
This month I’d like to introduce to you a few scales that originate from different parts of the world, specifically from the eastern hemisphere, and have been incorporated into the sound of heavy...
When learning how to play jazz guitar, or any style of guitar for that matter, we often spend a lot of time working on pentatonic, blues, major and melodic minor scales and patterns on the guitar...
The Eagles' 1976 song "Hotel California" makes just about every list of top guitar solos, including ours. In the video below, former Eagle Don Felder explains the inspiration behind the song, which...
Last month, we took steps toward developing a deeper understanding of blues and how it informs both jazz and rock.
As promised last month, I now present an original melodic solo, played over a minor jazz-blues progression in the key of E minor (see FIGURE 1).
When you hear the name Leonard Cohen, six-string mastery isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
Richie Havens’ thumb fretting madness Among other honors, soulful, folky groove-meister Richie Havens (1941–2013) holds the distinction of being the first musician to grace the stage of Woodstock...
We all want our guitar solos to stand out, to capture the attention of the listener, to bring the song to a new level.
In my last lesson, we looked at how implementing economy picking into your playing is actually quite simple.
GuitarWorld.com has once again teamed up with guitarist and guitar instructor Andy James to bring you a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This.