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A Fresh Batch of Technically Challenging Exercises to Keep Your Chops Fired Up

Way back in the Holiday 2012 issue, I compared guitar playing to being like a winter sport.In the summer, we tend to put away our guitars while we engage in outdoor summer activities.Speaking for myself, my chops tend to get a little neglected over the warm months, whereas in the winter, I’m happy to sit by the fire and play guitar for hours on end. As we head into the dead of winter, I'd like... …

Four Things to Consider When Buying Your Next Guitar

Almost every guitar player I know enjoys adding instruments to their stable. We have an emotional connection to guitars and let’s face it; we love the damn things. Reasons to look for new instruments vary from something that we truly need—such as having a go-to guitar for an extra tuning or a back-up guitar for when we play a live show—all the way to finding an axe just because it would look... …

How to Develop Appealing Metal Riffs and Solo Ideas Using One String

When writing songs, you can develop solo ideas as well as signature riffs by creating melodic patterns on a single string. This is a useful and often overlooked technique that can greatly aid your creativity.Yngwie Malmsteen and—his biggest influence—Richie Blackmore have frequently exploited this technique, traversing the fretboard while playing fast licks on one string. You will also hear it... …

If You're Not Getting Better, You're Getting Worse

I want to briefly touch upon a subject many guitar players (and musicians in general) seem to have a difficult time understanding.I often hear guitarists tell me they want to attend one of my workshops because they've reached a "plateau" that they can't seem to get past. It sounds logical, right?Unfortunately, this is incorrect. In guitar playing, there are no plateaus. We never arrive and stay... …

Just Sign Here: The Art of Protecting Yourself As a Musician

One important topic for musicians is the world of written agreements and how one’s services relate to the industry they work in.Let’s get the first thing out of the way: Most musicians hate talking about business and money. Or, should I say, they hate talking about it publicly, because when you get a couple of musicians together in private, one subject that usually pops up is business.They don... …

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