The tempo and rhythm of your tune are crucial elements of song creation, yet they’re probably the most neglected in the songwriting process.
Marty Friedman demonstrates some cool ways you can achieve the effect of fast arpeggio-based sounds while avoiding the predictability of standard sweep-picking licks.
Use your whammy bar to “color” chord patterns and give single-note lines different and unusual textures.
Try to nail John Petrucci's six-string arrangement of Chopin's Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus No. 2.
Two of the most prevalent types of chord progressions are those based on cycles of fourths or fifths.
Link a few scale patterns together so you can start making full use of your guitar’s neck when you’re playing a lead.
Six of the most useful of the thousands of tips for guitarists we've offered in our three and a half decades of publication.
Explore the right chord tones to play over changes, and how to bring out the sound of each chord in a progression in your solos.
Learn how you can use “rootless” ninth chords to expand your jazz-guitar vocabulary without having to learn any new shapes.
Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner teaches you how to develop powerful solos that contain your own melodic touch.