Tuition: Chord Clinic – Part 2: sus Chords


Suspended chords can create an ethereal, hypnotic feel, and are a valuable addition to your chord vocabulary. In the second instalment of this series, Rod Fogg delves into the world of the ‘sus’ shapes… Sus2 and add9 chords Last month, we got started with the basic major and minor chord shapes and then took a look at what happens when you raise More...

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By On Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Tuition: Chord Clinic – part one

Welcome to the first instalment of a new series in which tutor Rod Fogg will help expand your chord vocabulary. No matter what your level of ability, there’s always room to improve. First, let’s go right back More...

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By On Monday, September 28th, 2015

How to… Record Bass

Following on from our last tutorial on recording electric guitars, this time John Pickford turns his attention to the bass… Getting a good bass sound is integral to the success of any piece of recorded music More...

By On Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

How To… Record Acoustics

Capturing the essence of the humble acoustic guitar can be a tricky task, but our bluffer’s guide will make a record producer out of you in no time… Life would be a lot simpler if there was one perfect More...

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By On Monday, September 7th, 2015

Tuition: Clean Sweeping part 3

Give your sweep-picking techniques a final polish as we wrap up our tutorial series with this trio of ascending and descending six-note patterns. This tuition instalment is the final – yes, the final – look More...

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By On Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

How to record electric guitars: 25 top tips

These days, there are more ways than ever to capture the sound of your electric guitar. John Pickford shares 25 top recording tips in our bluffer’s guide… 1) The basic sound Electric guitars are capable of More...

By On Friday, August 14th, 2015

Guthrie Govan’s 10 top improvisation tips

Guthrie Govan is famed for his almost supernatural playing skills. Here, he puts pen to paper and shares 10 essential improvisation tips…  1) Think in phrases One specific way to apply the ‘speech’ More...

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By On Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Tuition: Clean Sweeping part 2

Build on last lesson and take your sweep picking techniques to the next level by tackling this trio of arpeggio patterns, which introduce the minor7♭5 chord… This month’s exercises will broaden your repertoire More...

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By On Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Tuition: Clean Sweeping

Combine the sweep-picking techniques you’ve picked up in this series so far as Douglas Noble introduces three challenging two-octave arpeggios to get stuck into. This month, we draw together the sweep-picking More...

By On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

10 Top Bass Playing Tips with Les Claypool

Primus frontman Les Claypool has been dazzling audiences with his unique bass playing for nearly 30 years. He shares some of his four-string wisdom with us… 1: Practice a lot when you are young “When you’re More...