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CAGED for Guitar - The C Major Shape

When learning scales and arpeggios on guitar, the key to success is working on shapes that are easy to memorize and related to each other on the neck. With the CAGED system, you learn chords, scales, and arpeggios on top of each other, so you can move between each quickly and easily in your...

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Ditch the Complicated Scales – Unleashing Pentatonics

Guitarists love to play pentatonic scales. They’re usually the first scale you learn, they’re easy to play, and they sound great in your solos. What’s not to love about pentatonic scales? But, while we love to play pentatonic scales, there comes a time where our normal patterns and lines fall...

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Here’s a Method That’s Helping Guitarists Play Basslines

When it comes time to learn a new technique, such as basslines, on guitar, we tend to try and jump to the top of the mountain rather than take the slow climb. It’s easy to hear a full walking bassline and think, “Wow, I want to do that!” Moving from one position to another smoothly and...

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Rootless Chords – ii V I Essentials

I think you’ll agree that comping chords over standards is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have as a jazz guitarist. There’s something about the chord shapes, the rhythms, the interaction with the soloist, etc., that is just plain fun to play. While you may enjoy comping, it’s...

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How to Play Bossa Nova Guitar

When I played my first gig in Brazil back in 2010, I thought I knew how to play a cool-sounding bossa groove. I had used my ears and just kind of “picked up” bossa grooves over the years but had never really studied an authentic Brazilian rhythm pattern. All that would change after that first...

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Chord Melody for Beginners – Guide Tones

I think you’ll agree that chord melody on guitar is fun and exciting to listen to. In the hands of an experienced player, chord melody can sound like magic, like something channeled from the heavens onto the fretboard. Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, Johnny Smith, and many other jazz guitarists were...

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Who Else Wants Killer Legato Technique?

One of the coolest sounding techniques on guitar is legato, which is where you pick less and slur more. Players such as Allan Holdsworth, Joe Satriani, and even Stevie Ray Vaughan all used legato in their playing to create intensity and interest in their solos. While you may be a fan of legato...

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Getting Shifty With It - Guitar Shifting Essentials

There comes a time in every guitarist’s life when they’ve got a handle on open chords and riffs and now it’s time to make their way out onto the wider fretboard. While the underlying technique for open chords is basically the same as playing higher up the neck, getting there and back is another...

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The Best Way to Practice Guitar Technique

When learning how to play guitar you know that building solid technique is important and should be practiced daily. But when you sit down to practice technique you find that you struggle to stay motivated as you work on the same old boring exercises. By focusing on always playing with solid...

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Get Rid of Pull Off Mistakes for Good

Learning how to do pull-offs is an essential journey that every guitarist has to take in their development. Pull offs allow you to play 2 notes with one pluck, bringing a smooth, legato sound into your lines, licks, riffs, and solos. While many players learn how to pull off quickly, few learn...

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