May 12th Theory – Blues Scale Pattern #2!

This week we continue our new series on the Blues Scale! Presented here is the second of five Blues Scale Shapes that we will be covering weekly! Not only are Blues Scales widely used in both rock and blues (as well as other genres) - they are also fantastic exercises...

May 6th Featured Artist – Courtney Love!

This week’s featured artist is Courtney Love! Born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9th 1964, she rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. A divisive figure in the music world, Love has drawn public...

May 5th Theory – Blues Scale Pattern #1!

This week we begin a new series on the Blues Scale! Presented here is the first of five Blues Scale Shapes that we will be covering weekly! Not only are Blues Scales widely used in both rock and blues (as well as other genres) - they are also fantastic exercises to...

April 30th Featured Gear – B.C. Rich Guitars!

This week's featured gear line is B.C. Rich Guitars! Founded in 1969, the company started to make electric guitars in the 1970s that were notable for their atypical body shapes. In the following decade B.C. Rich gained a broader exposure with the popularity of heavy...

April 29th Featured Artist – Mikael Åkerfeldt!

This week's featured Mikael Åkerfeldt! Born Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt on April 17th 1974, he is a Swedish musician best know as the lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter, and only continuous member of progressive metal band Opeth.Opeth has consistently incorporated...

April 28th Theory – Locrian Riffing!

For the past several months we’ve been showing you the five Major Scales and the seven modes that pair along with them. Last week we expanded on Major Pattern #1, and how adjusting its tonic (root) notes can make it the final of seven modes, called Locrian! This week...

April 27th Featured Gear – BOSS Digital Delay!

This week's featured piece of gear is the Boss Digital Delay! Originally released in 1983 as the DD-2 Digital Delay, it was the first mass-produced digital delay in a compact pedal format. The DD-8, their most wide-ranging and feature-rich delay ever, was released in...

April 22nd Featured Artist – Jerry Cantrell!

This week's featured artist is Jerry Cantrell! Born March 18, 1966 he is best known as the founder, lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist, and main songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains. The band rose to international fame in the early 1990s during Seattle's grunge...

April 21st Theory – Intro to Locrian Mode!

Today we’re continuing and expanding our series on the Major Scales and Modes! For the past few months we’ve introduced you to all the major scale shapes, and have been showing each of the “diatonic scales”, or “major modes”. Today we have arrived at the final mode,...

April 16th Featured Gear – Cry Baby Wah Pedal!

This week's featured piece of gear is the Dunlop Cry Baby! It is one of the world's most popular wah-wah pedals. It is commonly used when a guitarist is soloing, or to create a "wacka-wacka" funk styled rhythm. The "wah-wah" effect was originally intended to imitate...

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