Scalloping a Fretboard: My First Attempt

Scalloped fretboards are reputed to be well-suited to bending, vibrato and speed, and especially players with a light touch, the most famous exponent being Yngwie Malmsteen, though Ritchie Blackmore is known to scallop his fretboards to stop his fingers slipping off when bending, and I believe Steve Vai has the upper frets of some of…

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Soloing Over Changes: How to Be Melodic

The transition from pentatonic soloing to fusion or jazz improvisation can be a depressing time for guitarists as the good old pentatonic scale no longer cuts it (well… it can, but that’s another story), and it’s time to get down to some serious study in order to really play over the chord changes rather than…

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How to Raid the Google Lick Library

As guitarists we spend a great deal of time learning and honing our scales in order to improvise, but more often than not this leads to somewhat lackluster results. This is where learning to solo is a lot like learning to speak another language; you can’t just learn a bunch of grammar and structures (scales)…

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