This month, I’d like to talk about using fourth intervals as a building block for both chords and solos.
A blues turnaround occupies the final two measures—11 and 12—of the 12-bar form.
Everyone loves to play the blues, but if you only know the minor pentatonic scale, your playing—not to mention your audience’s attention span—might suffer.
Inspiration can take many forms. Our favorite bands and artists are usually good for a spark (or a lightning bolt) that jumpstart our creative juices.
If you’re strictly a rhythm guitarist, you’ve probably found that playing chords all the time can get boring.
It’s great to learn some new chords or concepts, but sometimes it’s difficult to know how to use them into your work.
To conclude our discussion on sweep picking, I’ve constructed Knights of Dragon’s Sweep, an etude utilizing all of the previous exercises and topics.
“Kashmir” is one of the best-known songs in Led Zeppelin’s catalog. The track first appeared on their sixth album, 1975’s Physical Graffiti, and became a staple of the group’s concerts.
In 1925, folk/blues phenom Huddie William Ledbetter, a.k.a. “Lead Belly,” won his way out of jail (he’d been convicted of murder) by way of a “pardon”—swayed by Lead Belly’s undeniable musical...
A king’s crown is not always made of gold. Sometimes it’s made of black, majestic leather and sits atop a frazzled mane hiding a face us mere mortals are unworthy to completely glimpse.
Those who have been following these columns for a while are well familiar with the fact that, in my guitar parts for the music of Periphery and Haunted Shores, I like to employ radical and rapid...
All rock guitar players play repetitive sequences in their solos, and I have found it very useful to utilize a systematic approach.
In our previous lesson (March 2017), I offered an original jazz solo, a significant part of which features the use of what’s called a minor add2 (or minor add9) arpeggio.