Guitar Nine Columns: Guitar Technique

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McRocklin's masterclass covers his track "New Beginnings" (B minor) in great detail.

An exercise that you can use to build a powerful picking hand.

Exercises that will challenge you to build a deeper connection with your guitar.

April-May 2021

Sozens of articles on the subject of scales, scale patterns, scale connection and more.

April-May 2021

A little technique can go a long way if you know how to apply it creatively.

April-May 2021

All it takes is knowing the correct exercises to get your hands working properly.

April-May 2021

Adding first inversion chords gives you 7 new sounds to work with.

April-May 2021

Moving the Phrygian Dominant scale in a more horizontal fashion across the neck.

April-May 2021

Appreciating how different this music sounds from typical guitar music.

February-March 2021

A wealth of information about chords and chord progressions for you to learn and master.

February-March 2021

Get the most you can out of the rehearsal time you have scheduled.

February-March 2021

Here are three ways to advance and progress in the area of finger independence.

February-March 2021

Here is a minor cadence used in hundreds of Real Book tunes.

February-March 2021

Is it something that is necessary for your specific musical path - or not?

February-March 2021

Tips on recording some of the greatest classical pieces for electric guitars.

February-March 2021

Examples that will help strengthen your picking, constructed in a more musical fashion.

December-January 2020

A good guitar riff drives the song, and is often one of the most memorable parts of the tune.

December-January 2020

Can your hands actually be too small to play?

December-January 2020

How to avoid getting discouraged.

December-January 2020

Less is more, more is more - which is it?

December-January 2020

A great way to connect the five basic major scale patterns.

October-November 2020

Tell a story with your music by the way you phrase notes on guitar.

October-November 2020

Ways to change your guitar tone without touching an amp or pedals.

October-November 2020

Improvise to Darth Vader's Theme by John Williams.

October-November 2020

Improvise to Darth Vader's Theme by John Williams.

October-November 2020

Great when learning modes - hear the sound of each mode over a tonal center.

October-November 2020

Muting your guitar with tape or a hair band!

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.

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