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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Simple triads offer some of the most grand riff possibilities (as the great Eric Johnson has shown us). This week's video tip dives into how we can use these great little riffs in our own playing.

August Video Tip--Eric Johnson Triad Riffs


Monday, May 07, 2012

Put your jazz hat on and let's learn one of the signature guitar progressions in Jazz - the ii-V-I progression! In this video tip, Steve teaches the basic progression and several helpful variations from basic through advanced. Just follow along, get the new chord forms down and you'll be able to immediately incorporate these ideas into your own playing. The lesso [...]

May Video Tip -- Jazzing up the ii-V-I Progression


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wouldn't it be great if you could use the same chords you already know to get fresh new sounds? Taking familiar chords that use open strings and moving them around on the guitar neck creates great sounding new chords. And the best part is you don't need to learn a new chord shape!Download a .pdf here: http://www.learnandmaster.com/email/Creating_New_Sounds.pdfVie [...]

March Video Tip: Creative New Sounds from Familiar Chords


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Man, you ought to be in a band! Some guitar playing concepts like soloing and improvisation can’t be learned from a book or DVD. You only learn them from playing with a band - whether live or recorded. Since you probably don’t have your own back up band jam tracks can fill an important role in your learning.In my formative teenage years, I spent many hot Texas su [...]

Let’s Jam! Tips for Playing with Jam Tracks


Friday, April 08, 2011

I’ve heard it a thousand times.  “I want to improvise but I just don’t know what to play. ”  You may see guys play great solos. Occasionally you might even catch what they are doing.  But when it comes time for you to improvise a solo, nothing’s there.When it’s time to solo your mind goes blank, and your fingers fumble awkwardly through a few patterns or mis-guid [...]

Listen Up! The Key to Improvising


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Get your fiddles ready! I'm gunna give you all the tools you need to join a ho-down. Using this lick, you can flatpick your way into a Bluegrass festival. Start playing this around the house and your whole family will be dancin' away!Enjoy!

March Video Tip: Bluegrass Flatpicking


Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Want to spice up your fingerstyle original riffs? Try our September Tip which focuses on creating open string runs and using drop-D tuning. This should add a nice element to your fingerstyle arrangements!

September Video Tip - Open String Runs


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