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18 New Beginner Classical Guitar Lessons Just Added

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 3, 2017 at 5:06 PM

We've just posted Lessons 16-33 in our Beginners Classical Guitar course. You'll learn the rest stroke, slurs, various rhythms, and your first pieces, including "Malaguena," "Minuet," "Ode to Joy," and "Andante." Each lesson features standard notation, audio demos, and a video lesson.

Classical Guitar Beginner Lessons

New Lesson on How to Play Soundgarden's "Outshined"

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 3, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Seattle rockers Soundgarden were one of the primary architects of the grunge sound that took hold in the early 1990s. Though it was their third album, 1991's Badmotorfinger was the band's commercial breakthrough, fueled by the MTV hit "Outshined." Led by a lumbering drop-D guitar riff that mimicked singer extraordinaire Chris Cornell's vocal line, the tune is a killer guitar track. In this new G-Plus song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch walks you through each and every stellar riff.

"Outshined" G-Plus Song Lesson
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Turn Your Major Pentatonic Licks into Mixolydian Phrases

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 28, 2017 at 3:31 PM

In this installment of Free Lesson Friday, instructor Tom Kolb shows you an easy way to begin exploring the Mixolydian mode, by making small adjustments to your stock major pentatonic licks. For more on the topic, see Tom's complete lesson Rocking Up Mixolydian.


New Mega Guitar Song Lesson for Megadeth's "Hangar 18"

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 28, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Featuring a number of memorable riffs and scorching solos, "Hangar 18" has become one of Megadeth's most popular and enduring tracks among metal fans and guitarists alike. Taken from their 1990 release, Rust in Peace, the song has roots in "Call of Ktulu," one of the last tunes that Dave Mustaine wrote while in Metallica. Though articulated very differently, the two songs share a common progression in D minor.

In this new lesson, instructor Chris Buono offers over 2 hours of step-by-step video instruction on how to nail not only that cool D minor progression but also each and every one of the song's high-octane guitar lines.

"Hangar 18" G-Plus Song Lesson
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New Mastodon Guitar Tab for Emperor of Sand

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 28, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Following the band's more commercial direction on 2014's Once More Round the Sun, Mastodon have returned to their thematic roots on their latest album, Emperor of Sand. The story of a man sentenced to death by a Sultan in the desert is told against a progressive, stoner-metal soundtrack fueled by the inventive yet accessible riffs of guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher. We're excited to bring you the official, note-for-note guitar tab to all 11 tracks on the album.

All 11 Official Tabs for Mastodon's Emperor of Sand
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Colin O'Brien Teaches the Classic Bluegrass "Flatt Run"

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 21, 2017 at 2:55 PM

In this installment of Free Lesson Friday, we take a look at the bluegrass acoustic guitar classic the "Flatt run," as taught by Americana and roots guitarist Colin O'Brien. Taken from his Famous Acoustic Guitar Licks video lesson, this one is a must-know phrase builder for bluegrass guitar.


Learn How to Play "Every Breath You Take" by The Police

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM

When it came time to add a guitar part to a new ballad Sting had written for the Police's 1983 release Synchronicity, guitarist Andy Summers found inspiration in the music of Bartok and his own past success. "One morning in my kitchen I was practicing some Bartok, and working on a piece I was writing for my album with Robert Fripp," Summers told Guitar Player in a 1994 interview. "I was fooling around with those stacked fifths we'd used in 'Message in a Bottle' and 'Invisible Sun,' adding the ninth, and then I threw in the third at an odd point. Suddenly I realized it lay perfectly over that single progression."

In this new G-Plus Song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch teaches that riff (and the rest of the tune) note by note, including crucial tips for avoiding hand fatigue.

"Every Breath You Take" G-Plus Song Lesson
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