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Scale The Summit: Chris Letchford Lesson – Atlas Novus Scale The Summit: Chris Letchford Lesson – Atlas Novus
March 30th, 2015


 [Chris’ Strandberg Boden CL7 signature 7-string guitar is in Standard Tuning: B E A D G B E.] Atlas Novus In this lesson, Chris Letchford breaks down the intro to ‘Atlas Novus’ off Scale The Summit’s third record, The Migration. As explored in our 2011 Artist Lick feature with Chris, this excerpt is also based around the classic Scale The Summit suspended 2nd (sus2) arpeggio sound. Based in the key of B Minor, section A (mm. 1-4) outlines a Gadd9(#11), Aadd9(11), Bmin progression, while the B section (mm. 5-10) shifts between Bmin(add9) and G arpeggios. The left hand outlines sus2 shapes,… (Continue)


Heavy Metal Ninjas: Richie Allan Lesson – Istagey & Melodyk Heavy Metal Ninjas: Richie Allan Lesson – Istagey & Melodyk
February 18th, 2015


 [Richie’s Ibanez RG 8-string guitaris tuned to Drop-E: E B E A D G B E, his Strat-type custom guitar is in Drop-B tuning: B F# B E G# C#, and his Ibanez RGD-7 string guitar is in Standard tuning: B E A D G B E.] In this lesson, Richie Allan breaks down several sections from the tracks ‘Istagey’ and ‘Melodyk,’ off the Heavy Metal Ninjas album, Interstellar Abduction: Istagey: Palm-Mute Riff (0:50 – 1:05) The key to nailing this riff lies in Richie’s right hand palm-muting approach. To start, hit an open B power chord (1st degree, 5th degree, octave) with some strength, then quickly palm-mute the strings over… (Continue)


Artist Masterclasses

The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me’ Solo The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me’ Solo
July 27th, 2013


 [Ryan’s Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C] In this masterclass, Ryan breaks down his solo for the song ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me,’ off The Black Dahlia Murder’s 2013 album, Everblack. The first part of the solo is played over a thrash riff alternating between C# and A notes. Although only single notes are being played in the rhythm guitar part, Ryan interprets the harmony as switching between C# minor and A7. Kicking off in measure 15, the second half of the solo switches… (Continue)


Opeth: Fredrik Åkesson Masterclass Opeth: Fredrik Åkesson Masterclass
February 8th, 2013


[Fredrik’s Paul Reed Smith Signature Model guitar is in Standard Tuning: E A D G B E]  String-Skipping / Tapping Lick This lick utilizes both string-skipping and tapping techniques. Fredrik creates some interesting harmonic movement by outlining an Emin7 arpeggio, followed by a combination of Eaug(maj7) and Emaj7 arpeggios. He warns that “the tricky part is to mute the strings… it’s all about muting with this hand and that hand whenever you need to.” Pay special attention to ensure that all notes are cleanly separated and are not bleeding into one another when crossing strings. “When I tap, I tap with… (Continue)


All Lessons

Jason Richardson – Thought: Main Theme Tabs Jason Richardson – Thought: Main Theme Tabs
By Jason Richardson
November 29th, 2013

We’re happy to announce that we’re working together with Jason Richardson on an upcoming lesson series. In the meantime, we wanted to share the tabs below of the main theme from Jason’s new single ‘Thought.’ You can listen to it above and pick it up on iTunes. Jason... Read More →

Don Lappin’s Tapping Technique & West Tide Lesson Don Lappin’s Tapping Technique & West Tide Lesson
By Don Lappin
October 30th, 2013

Hi, everybody! Thank you for checking out this lesson. I will be discussing my two-hand tapping technique, as well as showing you one of my tunes, ‘West Tide.’ Let’s get started! Introduction I’ve been developing and using my particular tapping technique for a little over 30 years... Read More →

Stepping Out: A Guide To Playing Outside (Part 2) Stepping Out: A Guide To Playing Outside (Part 2)
By Thomas Williams
August 16th, 2013

Introduction In part 1 of the Stepping Out: A Guide To Playing Outside series, we looked at the use of side stepping (moving a motif, scale, or pattern up/down by a semitone) to instantly add dissonance and create tension within your playing. While this is an effective way of navigating the outside notes... Read More →

Jakub Żytecki – Living Mirrors: A Lesson In Songwriting & Arrangements Jakub Żytecki – Living Mirrors: A Lesson In Songwriting & Arrangements
By Jakub Zytecki
May 13th, 2013

Welcome to my lesson at Guitar Messenger! Today, I’m going to talk about my approaches to songwriting and arrangements. I’ve taken a few examples from the Disperse album called Living Mirrors and would like to discuss how the instruments in those examples work together. At the end, I’ve... Read More →

Stepping Out: A Guide To Playing Outside (Part 1) Stepping Out: A Guide To Playing Outside (Part 1)
By Thomas Williams
December 23rd, 2011

INTRODUCTION Playing ‘outside’ is a term synonymous with jazz rock/fusion guitar players. Within traditional forms of jazz this term is replaced by ‘using chromaticism.’ In blues, country, and folk forms it’s called ‘blue notes.’ In everything else it’s considered ‘the wrong notes.’ In... Read More →