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Using Tapping for Scale Runs

Using Tapping for Scale Runs

Most of us will have already encountered the repeating tapped triads popularized by Eddie Van Halen. But an often-overlooked approach is something players like Greg Howe and Reb Beach have made... …

Three Ways to Be a Truly Great Guitarist

Three Ways to Be a Truly Great Guitarist

1. Focus on sound when you practice.When I first heard Surfing with the Alien by Joe Satriani, my initial reactions were related to how awesome he sounded. I didn’t know enough about technique to... …

The Easiest Way to Pick Across the Strings

The Easiest Way to Pick Across the Strings

One thing that often gets overlooked is the position and angle of our picking hand when playing something that moves across several strings.I’ve met many students who were able to get a good... …

Relax the Thumb for More Picking Speed

Relax the Thumb for More Picking Speed

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... …

Increase Picking Speed Instantly by Using Accents

Increase Picking Speed Instantly by Using Accents

This tip is a useful method for increasing picking speed. The key is not to focus on every single downstroke and up stroke but to only focus on certain pick strokes.The easiest way to apply this to... …

How to Memorize Scales and Unlock the Fretboard

How to Memorize Scales and Unlock the Fretboard

Here's is an unorthodox method to memorizing scales using the common three-note-per-string shapes we often employ during runs.Let’s say that you wanted to learn the E minor scale (E Aeolian mode).... …

How Alternate Picking is Just

How Alternate Picking is Just "Small Strumming"

There's more than one way to physically approach alternate picking. There is no right or wrong way.If there is a "right" way, then it’s whatever method allows you to play what you want to for as... …

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