Guitar Techniques: Tap Tempo

Welcome to the arpeggiated land of tapping: abandon all credibility, ye who enter here… And now for something completely different. After a couple of Boot Camps based on time-honoured scales and arpeggios, this month’s guitar drill brings us bang up to date – or at least into the late ’70s – with some tapped arpeggios. Though an accepted More...

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By On Monday, July 21st, 2014

Guitar Techniques: Finger Food

These major scale arpeggios will carry you all over the fingerboard. Ready? Let’s go… An arpeggio is the first, third and fifth notes of a scale played consecutively – normally with the octave at the top More...

By On Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Guitar Techniques: Audio Visual

Get your head round these ‘visualisation’ techniques and unlock that fingerboard! Previous drills have been largely based on physical playing techniques, with exercises on how to develop them or ones concerned More...

By On Friday, June 13th, 2014

Guitar Techniques: Mix ‘n’ Match – Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm

Rock’n’roll rhythm guitar is an essential bedrock style for the well-rounded guitar slinger. Join us as we look at some classic moves and add a few possibilities that open the creative gates Rock’n’roll More...

By On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Guitar Techniques: Any Major Dude

You’ve been running, but you can avoid it no longer. It’s time for a major scale workout! They’re the scourge of many a music student – but if approached correctly, major scales can massively benefit your More...

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By On Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Guitar Techniques: Texas Style Blues

Time to get in line for some basic blues rhythm techniques, courtesy of Stevie Ray Vaughan It’s time to learn a blues rhythm guitar technique, similar to the one used by Stevie Ray Vaughan in Pride And Joy from More...

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By On Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Bass Techniques – Play Like: The Stranglers

They arrived on the DIY punk wave but the Stranglers were a skilled, hard-bitten bunch of musicians with a monster bass player – Jean-Jacques Burnel. Gareth Morgan smells a rat The Stranglers are probably More...

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By On Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Guitar Techniques – Play Like: The Ramones

Straight outta Queens like rock’n’roll attack dogs, the Ramones made a debut LP that sparked off the punk revolution. Douglas Noble gets up on the downstroke The Ramones’ 14-song self-titled debut More...

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By On Monday, December 9th, 2013

Bass Techniques – Play Like: Aston Barrett

Melodic, subtle and rooted to the centre of the earth, Aston Barrett’s bass playing lay at the heart of many of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ biggest hits. Gareth Morgan delves into his approach With over More...

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By On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Bass Techniques – Play Like: Stanley Clarke

Released in 1976, School Days combines crazy-ass jazz fusion chops with rock, funk, R&B and great composition. Gareth Morgan examines a bass-player’s monument that still stands today The year 1976 saw More...