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Tips, tools, and resources for guitar players and aspiring guitarists alike. Featuring articles on the gear, artists, and techniques you should know about to take your playing to the next level.

  • The Basics of the Minor Pentatonic Scale for Guitar

    The Basics of the Minor Pentatonic Scale for Guitar

    By Kathy Dickson If you have been a guitarist for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard about scales and how you need to know them. But let’s face it, the sheer number of scales to learn can be overwhelming. They smack of theory and are boring to play, right? In truth, scales are…

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  • Using Open Strings for New, Colorful Chords

    Using Open Strings for New, Colorful Chords

    If there’s one thing I’ve heard guitar students say over and over again, it’s that they love guitar and can’t wait to practice every single day of the week until they lose feeling in their fingers. But if there’s a second thing I’ve heard from guitar players, it’s that they feel trapped inside the patterns and…

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  • How to Play Alternate Tunings on the Guitar: A New Free Series

    How to Play Alternate Tunings on the Guitar: A New Free Series

    We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our latest free course series, “Alternate Tunings for the Creative Guitarist”! The first installment, new this week, explores the nearly endless creative possibilities of the Open D tuning. If you’ve ever played a guitar, you’re probably familiar with standard tuning. The six strings of the instrument are commonly tuned…

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  • The Alchemy of the Blues: Turning Guitars into Vocalists

    The Alchemy of the Blues: Turning Guitars into Vocalists

    One of the greatest secrets about the blues is that it’s not primarily about the “blue notes,” or the structure, or the instrumentation. Those things are all heavily associated with the blues and appear in most blues songs, but at its core, the blues is all about storytelling. And the guitar is one of the…

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  • Dreamy, Shoegaze Chord Patterns for Alternative Guitar Tunings

    Dreamy, Shoegaze Chord Patterns for Alternative Guitar Tunings

    Break out of standard and add rich, wistful tones to your shoegaze guitar tone using alternative guitar tunings! Explore Open D, C Wahine, and more!

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  • Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Strings and Cables

    Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Strings and Cables

    We’ve covered so many bases in this guitar breakdown series, I don’t even know if we can keep calling it baseball! But to round back to home, let’s take a look at two more important factors in the overall sound we hear from our instruments — from all the way back in the accessories department at the music…

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  • Uncovering the Jazz Influence in Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop Classics

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. Jazz music is daunting to wrap one’s ears around. It is safe to say most Americans have a complicated relationship with one of our oldest art forms. Jazz is chronically…

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  • How to Play Sweeping Arpeggios on Guitar

    How to Play Sweeping Arpeggios on Guitar

    By Claude Johnson “Sweep picking” is a technique where the guitarist plays single notes on consecutive strings with a “sweeping motion” of the pick. While simultaneously using the fret hand to produce a specific series of notes, usually an “arpeggio.” Both hands are essentially performing these motions in unison, to achieve the particular desired effect of…

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  • Get the Guitar Sound You Want: Cheat Sheet for EQs, Wahs, and Filter Effects

    Get the Guitar Sound You Want: Cheat Sheet for EQs, Wahs, and Filter Effects

    Now that we’ve covered dynamic– and distortion-based effects, it’s time to start playing with the actual shape of your sound. From subtle EQ tweaks to dramatic filters, this is where we start really delving into reshaping and altering your tone. These effects can be used to add expression and character to your playing, as well…

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  • Road Diaries: On Tour with “PostSecret: The Show”

    Road Diaries: On Tour with “PostSecret: The Show”

    Greetings from the lobby of the Hyatt Place Hotel in College Station, Texas. I’m Deen and I’m the guitarist for the touring production of PostSecret: The Show — actually, I’m the only musician performing in the show. We are one week into the tour, after having spent two weeks rehearsing and previewing in Charlotte, with performances…

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Elijah Fox at the piano