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Carl Culpepper Shows You How to Use the Diminished Scale to Spice Up Your Blues-Rock Soloing

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 31, 2017 at 11:39 AM

When you think of the diminished scale, you probably think of classical music, jazz improv, or highly suspenseful movie scenes. But this eight-note gem is also a very effective improvisational tool in a blues-rock or classic rock context, if you know how and when to apply it.

In his newest lesson, instructor Carl Culpepper teaches you the construction of the half-whole diminished scale, fingerings for it, and how to use it to give your blues-rock soloing that certain je ne sais quoi.

Diminished Scale in Blues-Rock Soloing
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Here's a short excerpt of the lesson:


New Solo Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 25, 2017 at 5:23 PM

With over 25 years of playing experience and a Master of Music degree, we are excited to welcome to our stable of guitar instructors the Australian acoustic guitarist Gabriel Andrews. A master of acoustic styles ranging from traditional solo blues to modern percussive techniques, Andrews wields an authentic and a lyrical voice on the instrument, and his teaching approach sits comfortably in the pocket of masterly yet easy to follow. His first four lessons for us focus on solo acoustic blues aimed primarily at the intermediate player looking to learn this time-honored style.

Solo Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons with Gabriel Andrews
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Learn "Cliffs of Dover" by Eric Johnson in Our Newest Song Lesson

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 18, 2017 at 4:38 PM

One of the greatest guitar instrumentals of all time, Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" is an intensely challenging rite of passage for many rock guitarists, but one well worth the effort. In our newest G-Plus song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch walks you through all of EJ's trademark riffs and licks note by note, offering valuable advice on fingerings, picking instructions, and more throughout.

"Cliffs of Dover" G-Plus Song Lesson
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Learn How to Play the Ukulele with Jake Shimabukuro

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 17, 2017 at 2:49 PM

The ukulele is the fastest-growing musical instrument in the world, with everyone from elementary school aged children to senior citizens picking up this fun folk instrument and learning how to play their favorite songs. If you've been thinking about learning how to play, you're in the right place.

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro—widely considered the best in the world—has said he wants everyone to experience the joy of making music, so a few years ago, he set about creating an easy, fun method for learning how to play the uke. The result is his brand-new book/video Jake Shimabukuro Teaches Ukulele Lessons (Hal Leonard), and we've got all 13 video lessons from the book right here at

Jake Shimabukuro beginner ukulele lessons

In this series of beginner lessons, Jake shows you everything from how to hold the uke and essential chord shapes and how to strum them to popular chord progressions and fun techniques like tremolo picking.

Once you've learned all these basic ukulele techniques from Jake, you'll be ready to browse the more than 3,500 ukulele chords and lyrics sheets available here at GuitarInstructor.

Who knows, maybe one day you'll be able to play like this ...


Free Lesson! Chord-Tone Based Blues Turnaround Lick by Bill Stone

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 11, 2017 at 3:32 PM

There are certain "stock" turnaround licks that most blues guitarists know and use often. Here, instructor Bill Stone teaches one, based on chord tones, that's a little bit different yet easy to learn. Taken from his Melodic Blues Licks video lesson.


New Song Lesson For "Can't Stop" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 11, 2017 at 1:15 PM

From their 2002 album, By the Way, the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit "Can't Stop" perfectly describes how we feel about playing the tune's funky main riff. In this lesson, instructor Doug Boduch shows you how to tackle the highly syncopated rhythms and intriguing chord voicings of guitarist John Frusciante.

"Can't Stop" G-Plus Song Lesson
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Learn How to Play "Spoonman" by Soundgarden

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Released in 1994, Soundgarden's fourth album, Superunknown, was both a commercial and critical success on the strength of five huge singles. One of them was "Spoonman," a guitarist's delight featuring a high-octane drop-D riff in 7/4 time—indeed one of the best riffs of the 1990s.

In this new G-Plus Song lesson, you'll learn that explosive riff, the rolling chorus riff, guitarist Kim Thayil's frenzied guitar solo, and more.

"Spoonman" G-Plus Song Lesson
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