May 21

Pentatonic Scale Basics

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A popular scale cropping up all over the place, especially in rock music, is the minor pentatonic scale. Even if you haven’t heard of this before, you have probably already played it without knowing. It’s a very simple piece of musical knowledge, and is a great place to start out (if you’re perhaps a beginner) in learning your way around the fretboard.

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Written by Alex on Sunday 21st May 2006

Apr 03

Mercyful Fate - Into The Coven

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This is the first of the "Learn To Play" articles where we look a little more in depth at a song, or a particular riff and will teach you how to play it, the sort of effects to use and explain the tab itself. I will kick this off with a look at Mercyful Fate’s "Into The Coven".

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Written by Alex on Monday 3rd April 2006

Feb 22

Stunt Guitar Part 5 - Hot For Teacher

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This is a classic intro that Ben just wanted to share with us all. The tapping in this intro is pretty demanding and requires a big stretch and some good strength in your little finger. The rapid descending notes require accuracy and legato technique. The only letup here is the main riff - but that again requires some good timing and palm muting! If you’re not put off thus far - give it a go!

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Written by Alex on Wednesday 22nd February 2006

Feb 22

Stunt Guitar Part 4 - The Hop Skip and Tap

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Hi folks, I’m Back!!! This is a the lesson to accompany the podcast video for the skipping and tapping lick. Hopefully you’ll have watched the video a couple of times now and you’ll be familiar with the ideas behind this chop.

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Written by Alex on Wednesday 22nd February 2006

Apr 14

Stunt Guitar Part 3 - Furious Minors

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Yngwie’s style has interested me since I began playing the guitar. A friend lent me a copy of Rising Force and I had no idea you could make a guitar sound like that. Needless to say I spent a few years learning to make MY guitar sound like that and I realised it was even harder than it sounded.

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Written by Alex on Thursday 14th April 2005

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