Developing Melody Through Rhythmic Study

Many guitarists treat rhythm guitar and lead guitar as two separate entities.  However, more advanced players see the connection between the two and how intimately interwoven they truly are.  In

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Tapped Arpeggios (Beyond “Eruption”)

We’ve all had the experience of watching a guitarist toss out some interesting licks and then reach for a tapping passage.  After half heartily hacking through some Van Halen style

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Using Broken Chords to Fix Broken Picking

In the world of shred guitar, the word “arpeggio” immediately brings to mind images of gleefully sweeping through 5 and 6 string shapes.  Standing victorious over the bodies of your

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Essential Tools | Book in Review #1  – Ultimate Play-Along Series

The Need for Jam Tracks While there is no doubt that practicing exercises and learning new scales and theory is fun and rewarding, the real learning for a musician comes

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Filling in the Blanks – A Guide to Slippery Chromatics

A topic that often comes up with my students is that of chromatics.  Many players would love to inject some spice into their playing but either get bogged down with

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How to Develop Monstrous “Chicken Pickin'” Chops Part 3

So, you’ve done the work.  You’ve memorized your pentatonic scale patterns and feel comfortable playing them in various keys.  You’ve diligently applied hybrid picking to all of your standard licks

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Guitar Teacher of the Year

During my years as a guitar teacher, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside a number of diverse teachers.  Some of these teachers have been poor at what they do, some

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How to Develop Monstrous “Chicken Pickin'” Chops Part 2

Would you love to play like Zakk Wylde or Vinnie Moore?  Maybe country pickers like Albert Lee and Brad Paisley are your thing?  If so, you’ll want to develop a

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How to Develop Monstrous “Chicken Pickin'” Chops Part 1

Welcome to installment one of a three post series designed to address the powerful technique of hybrid picking.  This is a technique that combines flat picking with the other fingers

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