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How Playing Guitar in Front of a Mirror Can Improve Your Shredding Skills

How a Mirror Can Improve Your Shredding Skills

There's one particularly useful practice tool that will dramatically increase your shredding skills while simultaneously helping you to nail those all-important rock star shapes when you hit the...

Applying Four-Note Shapes and Patterns to Arpeggios

Applying Four-Note Shapes to Arpeggios

In my previous three columns, I presented a detailed exploration of note groups, or “cells,” based on the minor pentatonic and Hirajoshi scales and the Aeolian mode (also known as the natural minor...

A Brief History of Tapping—Plus a Tasty Natural Harmonics Lick

A Brief History of Tapping

Tapping is one of the coolest, most impressive-sounding techniques in guitar playing. Not surprisingly, it’s also one of the most difficult and least understood.

Relax the Thumb for More Picking Speed

Wanna Play Faster? Relax Your Thumb

Over the course of several years teaching students how to alternate pick, I’ve noticed a lot of issues arising from the way many of them had been holding their pick. More specifically, it was down...

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