Guitar Nine Columns: Guitar Technique

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Enjoy over 25 years of staff columns, guest columns, interviews and more!

April-May 2019
Tommaso Zillio

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

April-May 2019
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

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

February-March 2019
Paul Verschuur

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

February-March 2019
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

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

December-January 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Consider taking your playing to the next level - and melt some minds.

December-January 2018
James Rosocha

Altering the sound of the pentatonic scale by plugging in an additional note.

December-January 2018
Austin Consordini

Identifying and accurately defining each of the main guitar types.

December-January 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Tommaso compares and contrasts CAGED and pentatonic scale systems.

December-January 2018
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike digs a little deeper into the Altered scale, aka Super Locrian.

October-November 2018
Simon Candy

Simon takes a close look at the use of chords in this popular tuning.

October-November 2018
Austin Consordini

Check out the 12-string guitar, as well as the songs you could practice and learn from using this instrument.

October-November 2018
James Rosocha

An endless variety of melodic phrases can be derived from the permutation of chord tones.

October-November 2018
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike teaches soloing over chord changes with a track from his album, "The Fire Within".

August-September 2018
Simon Candy

Avoiding these crippling mistakes will eliminate frustration and lead to satisfying arrangements.

August-September 2018
Simon Candy

A way of playing your guitar where you can sound full and complete without needing someone else to play with you.

August-September 2018
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike has a new album, "The Fire Within". and breaks down a few of the notable tracks.

June-July 2018
Simon Candy

Learn the sophisticated, awe inspired, and flat out mind-blowing style of percussive acoustic guitar.

June-July 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Is learning music theory is the way to go, or, will it drain your potential?

June-July 2018
James Rosocha

Additional rhythmic variations to practice using the pentatonic scale as the vehicle.

June-July 2018
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike delivers the keys to unlocking specific sounds, such as the Phrygian dominant mode, from the Harmonic Minor scale.

June-July 2018
Chris Byrd

Deepen your knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic scale, free yourself from the “5 boxes slavery”, expand your phrasing vocabulary and stimulate your creativity.

June-July 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Learning to use musical form will help you "cast" an idea into an entire song.

June-July 2018
Luca Sellitto

Deepen your knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic scale, free yourself from the “5 boxes slavery”, expand your phrasing vocabulary and stimulate your creativity.

April-May 2018
James Rosocha

Rosocha teaches permutations - altered scale shapes based on fretboard position.

April-May 2018
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Gaining fluency with triad arpeggios will help your soloing and rhythm playing.

April-May 2018
Simon Candy

Play great songs such as “Landslide”, "Dust In The Wind" and "The Boxer".

April-May 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Tommaso delves into guitar solo harmonies - they are not as hard as they look.

February-March 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Take you guitar playing to the next level with Tommaso's best advice for the intermediate player.

February-March 2018
Simon Candy

Slide guitar offers a very cool and unique sound that cannot be emulated any other way.

February-March 2018
Tom Hess Opus 2

Anyone (including yourself) can learn to develop creativity by using the proven methods and strategies for reaching this goal.

February-March 2018
Mark Woodburn

Mark covers the essential picking styles new guitarists need to learn (or at least be familiar with).

February-March 2018
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike shows you several ways to spice up your riffs, lines and solos with some chromatic passing tones.

December-January 2017
Simon Candy

A technique that allows you to play both the melody and accompaniment parts of a blues tune at the same time.

December-January 2017
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike teaches you scale sequences (in the Hanon style, adapted from piano) that are great for your dexterity and precision.

December-January 2017
Luca Sellitto

These exercises will help you to focus on string crossing with alternate picking, and also to help you develop left/right hand synchronization, speed and stamina.

October-November 1996
Guitar Haus

Call-and-response practicing to enhance your phrasing and composing.

June-July 1996
Guitar Haus

A number of short lick ideas designed to kick-start your technique.

August-September 1996
Guitar Haus

More short lick ideas to kick-start your technique.

June-July 1996
Guitar Haus

Nowhere to go with ascending licks but up? Dan McAvinchey confronts the problem and gives you several ideas you can use today. Don't just take the easy way out and start descending either.

February-March 1997
Guitar Haus

Stop practicing with boring scales and start testing your fingers with melodic 'riffs' from Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and more.

October-November 1996
Guitar Haus

Stop strumming those simple barre chords, and embellish your chordal work with licks and phrases that blur the distiction between rhythm and lead guitar playing.

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