Guitar Lessons

C minor 6/8 Vamp

Jazz Rock fuses the tone, feel, bends, hammers and other rock-centric embellishments and expressions with the sophistication of jazz harmony and improvisation. ...

Voodoo You Do

The first time I heard Kenny Wayne Shepherd was on his break-out record Deja Voodoo, and I’ve composed a solo around the changes and groove of the title track o...

Bird Out

This is the end progression for the song “Hummingbird” that BB solos over. It’s a very common progression that can offer some cool ways to use chord tone soloin...

Highway to Angus

In this solo study, we’ll look at the legendary Angus Young from AC/DC. Their appeal cuts across genres, with hits in 2 different decades. What’s interesting is...

Sunny Side Up

Every bass player needs to know how to play walking bass lines. It’s THE foundation of jazz bass playing and dates back to the 1800’s when the sound was used by...

Dsus4 Tuning

Probably the most recognized open tuning, DADGAD, has permeated Celtic, American roots, blues, and fingerstyle genres, just to name a few. Many trace the tuning...

Somebody Loves Me

George Gershwin's "Somebody Loves Me", written in 1924, is one of the greatest of all the Standards. In this chord melody arrangement you will notice diatonic m...

The CAGED System

Hello TrueFire students and guitar fanatics! It’s been a while since my last Riff Journal lesson from the inaugural issue where we explored neo-classical style ...

Bending Workouts

Greetings from the Jersey Shore! Last time we met in Riff was the debut issue where I served up a lesson on some cool encounters with the 7#9 chord. All three e...

Augmented Scale Riffs

The augmented scale is a six-note scale made up of two augmented triads a half step apart. You can start the augmented scale on different scale tones to get spe...

Pedal Power

I remember the first time I saw Eric Johnson play “Cliffs of Dover” on Austin City Limits on a VHS tape my roommate had. It was a life changing moment for me. T...