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Learn How to Play "Message in a Bottle" by The Police

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 13, 2017 at 5:01 PM

In 1979, English new wave rockers The Police released their second album, Regatta de Blanc, led by the first single, "Message in a Bottle." The song's famous guitar riff, based on stacked 5th intervals that form sus2 chords, has come to be considered one of the greatest riffs in rock history.

In this new G-Plus song lesson, you'll learn that riff, along with the chiming chords, the harp harmonics, all of Andy Summers's tasty fills, and everything in between.

"Message in a Bottle" by The Police
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Bruce Buckingham Teaches Three Variations on a Useful ii-V-I Jazz Lick

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 9, 2017 at 4:05 PM

In this installment of Free Lesson Friday, former Musicians Institute instructor Bruce Buckingham teaches three variations on a ii-V-I jazz lick in Ab major. Taken from his lesson Jazz Licks: Vol. 1.


How to Play "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 6, 2017 at 4:26 PM

Guitarist Toy Caldwell and the Marshall Tucker Band recorded "Can't You See" for their 1973 self-titled debut album. Since that time, having been covered by artists like Waylon Jennings, Allman Brothers, Black Stone Cherry, and Zac Brown Band with Kid Rock, the song has become one of the all-time great Southern rock anthems.

In this new G-Plus song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch teaches the catchy main riff, those cool guitar fills, the solos, and more in step by step fashion.

"Can't You See" Marshall Tucker Band G-Plus Song Lesson


Learn to Play "Smooth" by Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 6, 2017 at 4:10 PM

In late 1999, guitar legend Carlos Santana released Supernatural, one of the biggest "comeback" albums of all time. Comprising collaborations with artists ranging from Dave Matthews to Lauryn Hill to Everlast, it was groundbreaking reintroduction of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member to a whole new generation.

The lead and biggest single from the album was "Smooth," a sultry, Latin-rock groove featuring vocals from Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty. In our new G-Plus Song lesson, Doug Boduch shows you how to play each and every stellar riff, fill, and solo.

"Smooth" Santana ft. Rob Thomas
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Learn How to Use Rhythmic Displacement to Create Memorable Riffs and Solos

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 24, 2017 at 3:30 PM

In his newest master class lesson, Carl Culpepper teaches you how to use rhythmic displacement in your playing. Mastering this highly effective improvisational and compositional tool will help you to create more memorable riffs and melodies. Includes free lesson tab download.

Rhythmic Displacement master class lesson
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Rhythmic Displacement

Learn the Must-Know Blues "Sweet Home Chicago" - Blues Brothers Style

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 24, 2017 at 3:21 PM

When the Delta blues legend Robert Johnson composed "Sweet Home Chicago"—which actually has very little to do with the Windy City—he never could have imagined that it would become one of the most popular blues of all time. Covered by such icons as Buddy Guy, Earl Hooker, Freddie King, Keb' Mo', Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, it's the version performed in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, featuring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the title roles and backed by legendary musicians like Steve Cropper, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Lou Marini, and Tom Malone, among others, that has become the "standard" and thus informs the arrangement in our newest G-Plus Song lesson.

"Sweet Home Chicago" The Blues Brothers G-Plus song lesson
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Daniel Donato Teaches One of His Favorite Bending Techniques

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 19, 2017 at 4:10 PM

In this free lesson excerpt, country guitarist Daniel Donato shows you one of his favorite string-bending techniques. For more on his use of bending, check out the full lesson Application of Bends.


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