What are you supposed to do when you play lead and solo? If you’ve never soloed or played lead, you might now know where to start.
This example demonstrates how to play the B minor pentatonic scale on the E and A strings using two notes on the E string and three notes on the A string. I typically play this using hammer-ons and...
Whenever you switch from playing open chords to soloing or playing a lead part, you risk making an abrupt change in the song’s dynamics as the full-sounding chords drop out and the lead work begins.
We’ve talked here before about country licks—about how they’ve been used by rock guitarists like Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and Steve Howe, and the value they have in broadening your range when...
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.