It should go without saying, but strong ears are a necessary part of your musicianship.
This post deals with a simple but hugely important topic: how to practice! As a professional guitar instructor, it is my job to address various weaknesses in my students' playing and remedy the...
Before we move on from the minor jazz-blues progression, which we focused on in the last three columns (see them under RELATED ARTICLES), I’d like to offer one more lesson on the topic.
If you’re looking for a way to make your minor pentatonic licks, riffs and solos more interesting, it might be as simple as adding one “secret” note.
As we wrote a few years ago, you could be forgiven if you've never heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe—or if you're surprised to hear that to many people, she's considered ""the Original Soul Sister"...
If you want to be a well-rounded guitarist, you need to learn and be able to perform barre chords.
One question that comes up consistently from my students is, “How do I develop the ability to play long phrases at mind-numbing tempos and increase my understanding of the fretboard?”
One key to becoming a more versatile blues soloist is learning to combine the minor pentatonic and major pentatonic scales to create guitar lines that go beyond the minor pentatonic scale.
One of the most distinctive sounds in blues and rock music is that of a slide guitar.
These chords sound like a million bucks, and they can be yours.
There aren’t many rock songs whose hook is performed on a marimba. The Rolling Stones’ classic “Under My Thumb” is one of them.
In the recently posted clip below, TDOVmusic, the guys who brought you "10 Essential Whammy Bar Techniques in One Song," present "10 Essential Metal Rhythm Guitar Techniques in One Song."
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.