How to Control Guitar Dynamics with Accent Exercises

Guitar dynamics is a very important yet often overlooked aspect of guitar playing. The good news is that learning how to control the dynamics of the guitar exercises, scales,  riffs, licks, and solos that you play is not hard, yet it makes a significant difference in the quality of the music that comes out of …

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How to Make Music With Broken Chords On Guitar

Though the terms broken chord and arpeggio are often used interchangeably by guitar players, there are some minor differences between the two. They both refer to the notes of the chord being played individually (rather than strummed together) but while in broken chords the notes are allowed to ring together in arpeggios the notes are …

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How To Use Guitar Trill Technique In Your Riffs, Licks and Solos

Guitar trill technique is frequently used as an exercise by students starting out, or trying to improve, their legato technique. And while trills do make a good exercise, one shouldn’t miss the fact that they’re also a very expressive melodic ornament you can use in your guitar riffs, licks, and solos. In this lesson you’ll …

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The Phrygian Mode Across The Fretboard (with guitar lick examples)

The Phrygian mode has a very particular sound and its use is found in many genres of music including Heavy Metal, Jazz, Classical music, even electronic music. Songs that make use of the Phrygian mode include Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth), Wherever I May Roam (Metallica) and Sails of Charon (Scorpions). In this lesson you will …

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How To Play 16 th Notes On Guitar (and build a rhythmic vocabulary)

In this lesson I explain the basics of rhythm. If you don’t know what a quarter note, an eight note, and a sixteenth note are yet, I suggest that you get a general idea of the basic elements of rhythm before proceeding with the rest of this lesson. In today’s lesson we’ll be taking one …

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