Sooner or later, guitarists in every genre of music begin to wonder about the modes: what they are, how best to learn them and how to use them effectively when improvising. In this edition of In...
The Phrygian mode is often referred to as the “third mode” because—starting from the major scale, which is the “mother,” or “parent,” scale to the seven fundamental modes and is itself considered...
This month, I’d like to expand on the basic fretboard tapping approach by utilizing multiple taps with different fingers of the pick hand.
Usually when you think of sweep picking, you think of high gain shred guitar. This is all well and good, but there is also a place in blues for sweep picking.
I present to you a drop-dead-simple blueprint to Djent, a “Djent for Dummies” how-to guide, if you will.
Named after legendary country guitar virtuoso Merle Travis, Travis picking is the most popular and commonly used fingerpicking technique.
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Initially a pianist inspired by jazz legend Bill Evans, it wasn’t until his final year in college (at the University of Oregon) that Ralph Towner picked up a nylon-string guitar and started honing...
There are some chords you’ve known since you first started playing the guitar, and frankly, you might be getting sick of playing them.
There's no set path for a guitarist to find his own sound. Finding your own signature and take on what has come before will always be a subjective and personal endeavor.
Some claim the most important skill for a guitar player to possess is a sense of melody. Others may argue finger tone is paramount. Still others may think high quality gear is what allows a...
If you’ve ever considered building a guitar yourself, Gear4Music has an inexpensive way for you to give it a go.
What’s the secret to sounding unmistakably like a classic rock guitar player? The truth is, your attitude has a lot to do with it.