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Ioannis Anastassakis

Installing new pickups on the guitar is the most common upgrade one can make.

Tommaso Zillio

We have an interesting situation here regarding the augmented scale.

Tommaso Zillio

The Minor Add9 arpeggio has more uses than you imagine.

Guitar Haus

One of the very first shred guitar heroes promoted by the Shrapnel Label in the 1980s.

Guitar on YouTube

Bonamassa's vibrato, his creative bends, and a handful of sweet licks.

Just Rijna

Become a better improviser by learning new licks.

Guitar Nine

A look at the Guitar Nine organization acoustic guitars from 1980 through 2022.

Guitar on YouTube

Steve Vai explores three different pedalboards, offering insights to ideal pedal ordering.

Tommaso Zillio

Embracing the cliche' and trying to make it better.

Ioannis Anastassakis

Upgrade your current guitar with better hardware or opt for a shiny brand new one?

Tommaso Zillio

Is there such a thing as the 'most emotional note' in a key?

Ioannis Anastassakis

Specific points that will help you, in order to get better on both instruments.

Tommaso Zillio

The B diminished chord is objectively harder to use than the other major and minor chords.

Tommaso Zillio

Voice leading: unlocking the very DNA of musical structure and showing how it lives.

Guitar on YouTube

An introduction to the riffs and chords from the Carlos Santana song "Smooth", off of "Supernatural".

Tommaso Zillio

There are techniques to make the same simple chord progression sound differently.

Guitar Haus

The way I write, I usually need a strong or engaging title that lights up my imagination.

Tommaso Zillio

The Neapolitan Major Scale is, in fact, a minor scale, but don't spread that around.

Guitar on YouTube

Alien surfer and guitar instructor Joe Satriani discusses melody, specifically, how to stretch out a melody.

Tommaso Zillio

This movement is by far one of the most common 'blind spots' that guitar players have.

Guitar Haus

I think my biggest accomplishment is that I was able to teach myself an instrument that now enables me to make a living and travel the world.

Studio Tips on YouTube

The benefits of a pop filter for your mic, and an installation walk-through on several types of mic stands.

Guitar Nine

Get the most out of your home or project studio with these tricks and tips.

Tommaso Zillio

Not all exotic scales are used exclusively by extreme metal players.

December-January 2018
Guitar Nine
A look at the Guitar Nine organization six-strings from 1980 through 2022.
Tommaso Zillio

Searching for interesting chords to put before a dominant chord.

Guitar on YouTube

Steve discusses melody writing, phrasing, dynamics and more using his track "For The Love Of God".

Tommaso Zillio

The differences between regular and scalloped fretboards explained.

Guitar Nine

A look at the Guitar Nine organization basses from 1980 through 2022.

Tommaso Zillio

Write dissonant but delightful music using the Neapolitan minor scale or chord.

Guitar Haus

Vai's whammy antics, speed and 'detuned' playing is highly unusual and original.

Guitar on YouTube

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

Tommaso Zillio

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

Guitar Haus

Since "Not Of The Earth" and "Surfing With The Alien" in the '80s, there's been a lot of Joe S. playing in our studio.

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