This lesson features an easy way to add texture to pentatonic playing in two note groupings drawn from shapes that most players already know! Here's the accompanying PDF!
Pocket Licks I: Half-Step Bend Embellishments
In this video, we'll explore a quick and easy way to embellish the 1 and 5 chords of any key by using bend embellishments on the natural half steps of the major scale! Be sure to stay tuned for more lessons like this, and to check out other great lessons by clicking here.
Back to Basics
This series is intended to help experienced players see fundamental ideas in a new way, and to help new players get a jump start on the same ideas from a pragmatic perspective.
Let's Get Weird: The Mixolydian Mode
In this lesson, we explore the concept of scale modes by going back to the basics!
Let's Get Weird: The Minor 4
In this lesson, we unpack the tension found in using the iv chord in a major key!
5 Music Theory Door-Openers
In this lesson, we walk through some pivotal ideas that can open the music theory doors for any player!
Back to Basics: Scales
This first installment focuses on the value and construction of scales!
In this installment of The Mix and You, we’ll explore how a working command of our pickup selector can help us become more dynamic in a full band mix!
The Mix and You: Pragmatic Power Chords
In this installment of The Mix and You, we’ll be using a simple power chord to illustrate how inversions can give you the control over mix density that you’ve been looking for! Here's the accompanying PDF!
The Mix and You: Filling Your Space
In this video, we'll examine the facet of playing in a full band that focuses on the density of the parts we choose to play.
In this lesson, we’ll be applying the use of common tones to rhythm playing by using an open D string, as well as some clever muting to create spacious, interesting chords. Here's the accompanying PDF!
Using Common Tones
In this introductory lesson, we'll discuss the concept of common tone, and why we might want to add common tones to our part writing.
Here, you'll find collections like the "Ask Articulate" series, as well as any other less categorizable videos!
5 Church Band Stereotypes (and how to fix them)
In this video, we explore the top 5 reasons why church band's aren't playing to their potential.
How YOU Can Help Articulate
Today, September 7th, 2017, is Share Articulate Day. It's a day where Articulate asks for help.
Tomorrow Is #ShareArticulateDay!
This week, I’m forgoing the normal lesson video to celebrate #ShareArticulateDay! If you’ve benefited from Articulate’s content, I’d like to invite you to share a piece of Articulate’s content tomorrow, September 2nd, with the #ShareArticulateDay hash tag!
Here's an updated walkthrough of my sound for 2017!
Tone Talk: Space and Soup
In this video, we’ll discuss how a selective use of delay and reverb can help us balance between creating a sense of space, and drowning our mixes in soup!
Tone Talk: Compound Reverbs
In this video, we’ll be discussing three strategies for combining amp reverb and pedal reverb to suit any musical context! You can find a detailed description of each of the three strategies used in this video in this PDF! These strategies can be applied to almost any combination of amp and pedal reverb, but for the sake of those interested, here's the gear I was using in the video: Fender '65 RI Deluxe Reverb http://shop.fender.com/en-US/guitar-amplifiers/vintage-pro-tube/65-deluxe-reverb/product-021740.html Neunaber Audio Immerse http://neunaber.net/products/immerse
Immerse Reverberator by Neunaber Audio
In this video, we’ll be taking a look at the Immerse Reverberator by Neunaber Audio. We’ll explore the algorithms, hear how they sound in a mix, and discuss why someone who already owns a Neunaber reverb would consider adding or switching to the Immerse! Check out the Immerse here!
Tapestry Audio Bloomery VP Review
In this video, I’d like to share my thoughts on the Tapestry Audio Bloomery Volume pedal, especially as it compares to the common VP Jr! Check out the Bloomery here!
How I Use: M30 Music Custom OD
In this video, I’ll detail how I use this custom overdrive by Midnight 30 Music in my rig!
Check out all of M30 Music's products here: http://www.midnight30music.com
In this video, I demonstrate the various uses that I have for the Pitch Bay Polyphonic Harmonizer and Distortion Generator in my own rig! Check out the Pitch Bay here.
How I Use: EXP by Neunaber Audio
In this video, I detail the way that I use Neunaber's EXP controller to operate two of their pedals simultaneously! These effects are as incredibly powerful as they are musical, and I'm proud to have them on my board.
Swiss Chords is a series in which we’ll examine some useful, dynamic shapes that utilize muted strings to create extra dimension and texture. This lesson features a muted D string, and is a great alternative to other forms of chord-based playing!
In this lesson, we’ll be exploring the unique benefits of using a slide on electric guitar across musical contexts! If your interested in adding a slide to your playing, here are some helpful links (not written by myself) that can help you master the mechanics:
In this video, we’ll explore both the sonic and mechanical advantages to hybrid picking in varying musical contexts!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Technique Spotlight series here!
Technique Spotlight: Ambient Tapping
In this lesson, we’ll examine the sonic possibilities of picking-hand tapping in an ambient context. If you’re already comfortable with the mechanics of tapping, it can be a simple process to incorporate the technique into your ambient arsenal. One strategy for doing so is by tapping a consistent line with your pick hand, while changing your fretting hand shape, thereby changing the notes sounded by each set of pull-offs.