If you use your whammy bar only to bend notes and add vibrato, you’re missing out on some of its more nuanced, and more extreme, applications.
If you’ve been playing guitar long enough, you probably already know about inside picking and outside picking.
A song that many fans have asked me about is “Blast Inc.,” which I recorded with my side project, Haunted Shores.
This month, I’d like to discus the art of improvising over a key change, using a modulation of chords that are a half step apart.
If you’re tired of playing stock minor pentatonic runs when you solo over a rock or blues progression, guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert has a couple of neat tricks you can use to jazz up your licks.
Are your blues licks and solos sounding tired? Want to make your lead work sound different from what every other blues player is doing?
Most rock guitarists employ repetitive sequences in guitar solos, and in this first column I’d like to show you a great exercise based on four-note patterns that will be applicable to many...
Having a visual sense of the fretboard can help you navigate its entire length as well instantly articulate melodies and phrases when inspiration hits you during performance.
“Sometimes you just wanna show off.”
AC/DC’s “Back in Black” is a rock classic, written in 1980 as a tribute to the group’s late singer, Bon Scott.
Writing music happens in many different ways. Inspiration from your favorite artists, an emotional life experience, and a simple noodling session on guitar are all valid places for a new song to...
Today, I'm going to show you an easy way to fuse some jazz into the ol' pentatonic "box" without having to learn anything new—no theory or even new scales.
Fingerpicking is an essential guitar technique, but unless you’ve had some formal training on the instrument, you might not know where to start with it.