The Art of Repetition: A Guide to Pedal Points and Ostinatos

Everyone from Coltrane to Coldplay uses repetition to create tension and interest. Here are a few tricks to get you started.

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The Shred Decoder’s Guide to Sweep Picking

One of modern rock’s most buzzed-about shredders shares his insights on an often-misunderstood topic.

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Obsessive Progressive: Rush’s Alex Lifeson

We break down how prog rock’s most influential 6-stringer combines timeless riffs, a huge sound, and a penchant for experimentation.

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Gary Clark Jr.’s Modern Mojo

Get inside the techniques of a modern blues master and add some fire to your solos.

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10 Sneaky Slide Licks

Coax extra mileage from a familiar lick by slipping in some sly slide moves.

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Digging Deeper: Jimmy Bryant

Learn how one of the original country shredders broke the rules and created some of the most frenetic and crazed country solos of his time.

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Ditch the Pick: Exploring the Tone in Your Hands

Don’t be afraid to embrace the freedom of playing fingerstyle—and the myriad tones that it produces.

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Obsessive Progressive: Periphery

What do you get when you combine three fiercely unique metalheads with a love for down-tuned guitars, crushing rhythms, and a passion for odd-meter time signatures?

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Digging Deeper: Curtis Mayfield

A unique tuning, ingenious use of intervals, and some deft wah work all combine to create some of the most soulful rhythm parts ever recorded.

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Riff Rundown: Young the Giant’s “Waves”

Guitarist Jacob Tilley details the simple-but-catchy fingerpicking pattern behind their single off of Mind Over Matter.

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