Hello everyone, and welcome back to Holcomb Mania! It’s great to be back in the pages of Guitar World as a columnist.
Undoubtedly, you’ve walked into your local Guitar Center to check out some axes, pulled a guitar off the wall, plugged it in and began wailing with a selection of your favorite riffs.
If you’ve played guitar long enough, you’re probably pretty savvy at detecting licks created from the minor pentatonic scale, thanks to the tell-tale quality of the intervals of the notes contained...
Here's a handy Facebook-based video we recently stumbled upon. It's a three-screen clip that shows the magic of "And Your Bird Can Sing," a song that always ranks as one the Beatles' top guitar songs.
Make your pentatonic lines come to life with fresh and unexpected sounds.
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).