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One of the easiest and best sounding ways to harmonize any melody is through the use of sixths. Sixths are an interval of two notes that land pretty comfortably on guitar and give the player an easy way to spice up his sound. Whether you are playing Fingerstyle or trying get an unmistakably Caribbean sound, sixths are a great way to make music.
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In a jazz setting the guitarist is often in an accompanying or “comping” role. Many nights I have been on a bandstand with an amazing big band looking out over a sea of dancers on the dance floor as I play this style of comping.
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Playing octaves on guitar is an easy technique to have in your musical bag of tricks. They are useful in a variety of musical settings and styles—from Jazz to Rock.
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One of best sounding and relatively easy techniques that make for great guitar sounds is string popping. Whether you’re playing some Stevie Wonder funk or chickin’ pickin’ a country song, this technique will add a unique color to your playing and should be in every guitar player’s bag of tricks.
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When Arkansas became a state in 1836 the "Arkansas Traveler" was its state song. "Arkansas Traveler" has gone on to become a standard bluegrass song played by Bill Monroe and Chet Atkins and commonly played at bluegrass jam sessions.
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This lesson shows you how to take standard chord forms and adjust them to create numerous melodies which are useful in a variety of styles from Rock to Jazz and Fingerstyle to Blues.
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Tired of playing the same old chord forms all the time over a progression. With a little creativity you can create amazing grooves that will make your guitar part stand out in any setting. This lesson gives you several techniques and ideas that can be applied to the blandest of chord changes. This lesson uses a simple R&B major 7th chord progression as a foundation.
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Chord substitutions are a great way for a guitarist to get an immediate change in the sound of his chords and soloing.
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Ever wanted to know how to get a great delay sound like U2? Here are some great tips for using your delay to build guitar part like “The Edge” (guitarist for U2). I’ll show you how to set your delay to the quarter note and the dotted eighth of the song’s tempo you are playing. Then, by using just a few notes, build a great sounding “Edge” like guitar part.
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Learn the classic foundational blues double stop and build your technique for the long run.
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