Before he was an acclaimed musician, Leonard Cohen—who died November 7 at age 82—was a successful poet and novelist in Canada.
One of the many tools that can be used to learn the higher positions is the CAGED system. Though the application can be very useful, aspects of it can be simplified and studied in a more musical...
I’m going to focus on manipulating economy picking for the powerful execution of rapid-fire arpeggios. To get a grasp of the fundamental properties of these economy picked arpeggios, Example 1...
Every musician gets stuck in creative ruts every now and then. Our licks get stale, our riffs feel boring and we feel like we’ll never get out of this funk.
What’s the most important practice tool a guitar can have? A metronome? A tuner?
String bending is one of the most effective techniques one can use to lend expression and emotion to lead lines.
If your amp has an effect loop, you might be among the many guitarists who aren’t exactly sure what it’s for.
David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Jerry Garcia, Steve Howe, Daniel Lanois and Pete Townshend, shown above…. They’re just a few of the guitarists who have at times played a pedal steel guitar.
Here's how to turn chords you already know into blues chords.
When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the big concepts many players tackle is learning licks from famous players and classic solos. When doing so, you can learn the lick as played on the...
Improvising with arpeggios is a great way to dig into chord changes, bringing out the exact sound of each chord in your lines. While scales and modes are great for outlining keys and creating modal...
Being able to play fast runs on the guitar has its advantages, and not simply for shredding or showing how many notes you can play per second.
Any guitarist who’s ever played pentatonic boxes—and that would be just about every one of us—knows the danger that lurks within.