Writing music happens in many different ways. Inspiration from your favorite artists, an emotional life experience, and a simple noodling session on guitar are all valid places for a new song to...
Today, I'm going to show you an easy way to fuse some jazz into the ol' pentatonic "box" without having to learn anything new—no theory or even new scales.
Fingerpicking is an essential guitar technique, but unless you’ve had some formal training on the instrument, you might not know where to start with it.
Last month, we examined the high-energy style of Cliff Gallup, whose innovative solos with rockabilly icons Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps set a new standard for sound, technique and imagination....
Learning to play dominant 7th chords and Drop 2 chord voicings is essential in the development of any jazz guitarist.
Two of the most common questions I hear from students are, “How do I break out of box patterns?” and “How can I learn the notes on the neck without just memorizing each fret?”
When learning how to play jazz guitar, we often spend time working out scales, arpeggios and single-note riffs, as well as chord shapes and common progressions.
One of the biggest hurdles many jazz guitarists face early in their development is being able to connect chords, scales and arpeggios in their playing without having to jump all over the fretboard...
Ozzy Osbourne’s 1980 hit “Crazy Train” has one of the most recognizable riffs in metal.
You don’t need music theory to be a successful musician. In fact, a lot of successful people didn’t follow traditional paths to build their legacy.
Guitarists are creatures of habit, like everyone else. And that can be a problem when it comes to playing our instrument, particularly when performing lead guitar work.
When learning how to play guitar, many of us begin by exploring major and minor triads, often in the open position.
It’s great when music inspires us, but there’s a fine line between being influenced and outright stealing. The trick is to put your own twist on your hero’s licks and make them your own.