Last month, we took steps toward developing a deeper understanding of blues and how it informs both jazz and rock.
As promised last month, I now present an original melodic solo, played over a minor jazz-blues progression in the key of E minor (see FIGURE 1).
When you hear the name Leonard Cohen, six-string mastery isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
Richie Havens’ thumb fretting madness Among other honors, soulful, folky groove-meister Richie Havens (1941–2013) holds the distinction of being the first musician to grace the stage of Woodstock...
We all want our guitar solos to stand out, to capture the attention of the listener, to bring the song to a new level.
In my last lesson, we looked at how implementing economy picking into your playing is actually quite simple.
GuitarWorld.com has once again teamed up with guitarist and guitar instructor Andy James to bring you a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This.
I’ve never been the kind of musician who enjoys practicing.
Last month, we explored using triadic (three-note) chord shapes as a means to fortify a deeper understanding of chord “grips” and intervallic relationships on the fretboard, as well as how one can...
When learning how to play jazz, and other improvisational genres of music, learning how to play the seven modes of melodic minor is an essential skill any guitarist should have in their soloing...
You’ve probably heard of economy picking, which is where you use one continuous pick motion to cross strings—instead of using alternate picking.
Chances are if you use the minor pentatonic scale frequently, you might take your method of playing it for granted. And it’s possible that your technique could be holding you back from getting the...
Robert Baker is back with a new video in which he demonstrates five iconic rock guitar licks every player should know.