“Diddie Wa Diddie” Guitar Lesson

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More than 60 years after its recording, Blind Blake’s rambunctious “Diddie Wa Diddie”–a double-entendre ragtime-blues–still stands as a fingerpicking classic. Blake’s musical vocabulary is prodigious, and his improvisational flair has seldom been matched. Each of the tune’s stanzas features a distinctively different accompaniment, and each of the three instrumental breaks is a minor masterpiece in itself…

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Arpeggios – Crucial or What?

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by Steve Elliott, Acoustic Guitar Workshop

In this guitar lesson, we are looking at arpeggios from a fingerstyle point of view and how to play them smoothly on an acoustic, or even an electric guitar.

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5 Great Guitar Store Licks

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by Rich Maloof

guitar store licksIf you suffer from gear acquisition syndrome, and we know you do, it’s likely that you find yourself in a guitar shop on a regular basis. Perhaps too regular a basis. Perhaps way too regular given your time, your budget, and society’s expectation that you will interact with the other humans.

But there you are, pulling another guitar off the wall (say, this one has an f-hole!) and exploring whether it gives you the feelies.

We hope the experience never grows old. But what we’re wondering right now is this: What is the first thing you play when an unfamiliar guitar in the store is pulled down and plugged in?

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Words of Wisdom from Thelonious Monk

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by Brad Wendkos

Thelonious MonkJazz saxophonist Steve Lacy was a diehard follower of Thelonious Monk. He wasn’t just a fan, either; Lacy became known for his recorded renditions of Monk tunes and later played in Monk’s band of the early ’60s.

When the master spoke, Lacy listened — and even wrote down Monk’s words of wisdom.

Stay with us here, because another great saxophonist and music educator, Jamey Aebersold, recently shared some of Lacy’s handwritten notes with the good folks at Steve Maxwell Drums, who in turn posted the notes on their website.

And we now share some favorites with you. We found the following seven bits of Monk wisdom particularly ageless and profound.

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Learning How to Play Jazz Guitar: Scales

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by Bruce Arnold

.how to play jazz guitarLearning how to play jazz guitar is no cakewalk but then again that is what attracts most of us to the style to begin with. Jazz guitar is indeed challenging, however, it is also extremely rewarding because the form allows you the ultimate freedom of expression as a musician. But before you can exercise that freedom, you have to put your time in listening to jazz and learning the requisite theory, chords, rhythms and vocabulary.

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