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.
Over the past five issues (June through October 2016), I introduced the basic jazz-blues progression, with subtle variations, and demonstrated several cool things you can do with it, in terms of...
Guitar players are usually on a mission to improve their guitar tone. For many, this journey never ends. I dare say we're obsessed with it.
Here’s one to get you purists riled up.
Everybody likes a bargain, especially when the deal you’re getting is on something as valuable as guitar knowledge. That’s right, there’s a fire sale going on in today's lesson: you can get five...
Jam sessions can be a fun way to meet new musicians and grow as a player. They help you work on improvisation, hone your techniques and develop your intuition when working in a group.
I spoke to Paul Jackson Jr. at a recent Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The talented Jackson used to be the guitarist in the American Idol house band.
Beginners who are learning guitar solely via YouTube face several challenges. The first one that comes to mind is that no one is there to correct them when they do something wrong.
Finding “the pocket” is a concept traditionally associated with drums or bass—the rhythm section. However, you have to have rhythm no matter what instrument you play, from guitar to trumpet to kazoo.
Have you ever heard the phrase “diminishing returns?” It’s a financial idiom that refers to a point at which the level of profit gained is less than the amount of energy you’re investing to earn it.
As guitar players' tastes and abilities evolve, and they begin to gravitate toward an appreciation for, and desire to learn, more technically demanding music, the pentatonic scale often gets a bad...
Before we get into that, though, I have to tell you something I forgot to explain last time, and that is what the hell “pentatonic” means! Pentatonic is just another way of saying “five tones” or ...
Jimi Hendrix was a master of combining chords and melody in his rhythm work.