Guitar Nine Columns: Guitar Technique

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August-September 2020

The word chromatic in music means two or more consecutive notes that are a half step from one another.

August-September 2020

3-dimensional phrasing - as opposed to 2-dimensional (flat, lifeless) playing.

August-September 2020

The perils of an out-of-balance guitar practice.

August-September 2020

Learn all the little tricks that are easy to underestimate but make the difference.

August-September 2020

Strengthen your upstrokes so they are as strong as your downstrokes.

June-July 2020

The term arpeggios on guitar means to play chord tones (the notes of a chord) one note at a time.

June-July 2020

Using the Pitch Axis technique to express emotion.

June-July 2020

Create some threatening sounds with your guitar.

June-July 2020

If you know all of your scale patterns, but are not sure how to connect them, this lesson will help you.

June-July 2020

Decide to choose modal harmony in your solos.

June-July 2020

Resolving to the 3rd of the chords in a chromatic fashion.

June-July 2020

Don't spend more cash on guitars, effect pedals, and ampsm - better tone for free.

April-May 2020

Hit the 'EASY' button - ear training ideas for the rest of us.

April-May 2020

What we are being told by traditional music theory, is a load of crap.

April-May 2020

A basic skill you need to have - here's how to get it.

April-May 2020

Learning a tune by heart - where to begin and how to make it sound natural.

April-May 2020

Stuck inside? Take advantage of the time and challenge yourself to get to the next level.

February-March 2020

The more you get to know chords the better time you will having using them.

February-March 2020

Control your dynamics by controlling the force of your picking.

February-March 2020

You'll sound “outside” once you have mastered the “inside sound”.

February-March 2020

When used correctly, guide tones outline the flavor of the chords you’re improvising over.

February-March 2020

Creative ways to move around the fretboard at a blazing fast speed.

February-March 2020

Creating unlimited licks using the pentatonic scale.

December-January 2019

The pentatonic scale contains 5 notes; the melodic combinations you have to work with are endless.

December-January 2019

A complete primer on these amazing scales.

December-January 2019

Creativity takes practice, just like anything else.

December-January 2019

It’s really not about how fast technically advanced it is, but rather how it is phrased.

December-January 2019

This scale is most common in jazz, but can be applied to any style of music.

October-November 2019

How does anybody know what key they’re in? Let's find out.

October-November 2019

Let's get those creative wheels turning, shall we?

October-November 2019

Taking the diminished scale and incorporating it with a basic blues scale box.

August-September 2019

Koto on guitar - let's get exotic, shall we?

August-September 2019

More about the chords, triads, and arpeggios that are built from the major scale.

August-September 2019

Systems and ways to organize large clumps of knowledge in the area of chord construction.

August-September 2019

Even more ideas to spice up your arpeggio sequences by altering the order of the notes.

June-July 2019

Let's see what we can do to overcome our hand's size.

June-July 2019

Time to build technique and spice up your arpeggio sequences by altering the order of the notes.

April-May 2019

Gaining knowledge of all the chords, triads, and arpeggios that are built from the major scale.

April-May 2019

Did you know? Professional guitarists may spend at least 30% of their time refining this skill.

April-May 2019

Now, Mike mixes up the rhythms when practicing scales to make things that much more interesting.

February-March 2019

Remember: your unique intuition is the most important asset you possess.

February-March 2019

Building your chops while making practice time more interesting and even, fun.

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