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Bent Out of Shape: Jake E. Lee-Inspired, Staccato-Style Riffs

For this lesson, I want to explore some more applications of this technique and give you some ideas of how you can use it in your own playing. The technique can be applied to virtually any single-note sequence you come up with. I find it best to create a simple melodic line and then apply the technique to create a riff or motif. I've found it particularly useful in my solos as a way to create dynamics.

Bent Out of Shape: Improve Your Fretboard Knowledge with This Arpeggio Exercise

Players often only play exercises to improve technique, but it's important to vary your exercises to focus on other important parts of guitar playing. Although this exercise is based on arpeggios, it really is meant to help you visualize scales differently from the standard "three note per string" shapes.

Bent Out of Shape: Guitar Workout 2014 — Symmetrical Scales

Last year, I gave you a 30-minute guitar workout designed for guitarists with limited practice time. The goal of the workout was to give you an intense 30 minutes of practice. The positive response to this workout inspired me make a new version for 2014. As with my previous workout the goal is the same: 30 minutes of intense practice.

Bent Out of Shape: Learning Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, Part 9

For everyone who has followed me throughout this series, I hope you found it rewarding and challenging. Hopefully this piece has helped you improve as a player in terms of technique and theory. When I began learning the piece, I was looking for something easier technique-wise than my previous Paganini series.

Bent Out of Shape: Learning Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, Part 8

We are very close to the end, and — for everyone who has followed me with this series — I hope you've found it useful. For this lesson, much like with Part 7, we're going to play something that follows a previous section (in this case, from Part 4) but within a different relative key.

Bent Out of Shape: An Intensive 30-Minute Guitar Workout for Musicians On the Go

We all have busy lives and responsibilities that distract us from our playing. For this reason, I've developed a quick, intensive guitar "workout" that can be completed in 30 minutes. You can use this by itself as a quick practice when time is limited or incorporate it into a longer practice session. Either way, this workout will help develop your playing in a number of important areas.

Bent Out of Shape: Learning Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, Part 7

Part 7 is very interesting because it relates very closely to Part 3. This new section follows the same themes within Part 3, but in a different relative key. Part 3 was based around Bb major, which is the relative major scale of G minor. Part 7, however, features the same themes but played in G minor and, in some sections, G harmonic minor.

Bent Out of Shape: Learning Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, Part 6

Welcome to part 6 of "Learning Mozart's 25th Symphony in G Minor." We are getting close to finishing this piece, which might sound surprising considering we have only learned four minutes out of the full 10-minute piece. However, don't worry, because there's going to be a lot of repetition between now and the end.

Bent Out of Shape: A Beginner's Guide to Quintuplets

Recently, I've been experimenting with five-note patterns, or quintuplets. A quintuplet is when you fit five notes where usually you'd fit four. For example, you can fit 20 16th-note quintuplets in a normal bar where you'd play five evenly spaced notes for each beat. These rhythms can be challenging, so I wanted to give you some simple exercises and licks that will help you develop a "feel" for them.

Bent Out of Shape: Tips for Writing Better Guitar Riffs

As a rock/metal guitarist, I am continuously working on writing better guitar riffs. From my perspective, the guitar riff has suffered in modern music in terms of creativity and usage. A good, creative riff is the most important ingredient when writing any rock/metal song. Here are a few tips that might help you write better riffs.