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Posted: April 14, 2014 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

STELAR is here! For paid subscribers we have upgraded the Improv section with STELAR, a Comprehensive System for the Rock, Metal and Blues Soloist! If you’re a Tips and Tricks member you can check out a free, full STELAR segment at the Free Lessons tab above right. STELAR is a system that will help you [...]

More Than a Feeling

Posted: February 10, 2014 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

I recently researched the recording of the first Boston album for a Guitar World issue. What an amazing story. Boston’s guitarist, Tom Scholz is a very smart guy! He has a Masters degree from MIT and back in the ’70s he had a pretty senior job at Polaroid. If you’re my age you’ll remember the [...]

Winter Namm 2014

Posted: January 29, 2014 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

  Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is a music gear trade show. This event happens once a year in January at the enormous Anaheim Convention Center in California. It’s fitting that it’s in Anaheim, right next to Disneyland because NAMM is a kind of fantasy land of manufacturers showing gear. Musicians are everywhere, and a [...]

Free Lick O’ the Week 21

Posted: December 12, 2013 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

Rapid Fire Pentatonic Licks! The Pentatonic scale is truly a gem because it works well in so many rock, blues and metal situations. For example, Minor Pentatonic sounds great over both Natural Minor and Dorian type progressions. If you choke the minor third a bit it’ll even rock over Mixolydian and Dominant type progressions.  Here’s [...]

Legato for Speed VI

Posted: November 26, 2013 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

Here’s another Legato for Speed, number six! Ascending across the neck, it’s got more hammer-ons and pull-offs than you can shake a stick at. I mistakenly say this is A Blues, I was thinking A Blues but it’s really A Dorian. I just included the flat five, Eb, 4th fret on the B string. That’s [...]