What if you could actually know and use the Lydian mode?

What if, instead of playing the fretboard guessing game, you actually knew what you were playing and why?

You’d be able to identify when, where and why you were using the Lydian mode. Moreover, you would recognize its composition, theoretical basics and sound, even within a larger piece of music. We’ll do this by not just memorizing the Lydian mode in a fretboard context but, by studying the theory surrounding it and how to apply it to our solo construction.

In short, we’ll cover the following:


Stephanie Bradley’s JamPlay course, Cybernetic Shred, is one of the single best speed-building courses for electric guitar players. We recommend it for anyone looking to build speed with an eye towards melody and nuance.

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Speed isn’t everything on the electric guitar, and it can mean different things to different people. For those that want to build quickness with fretboard familiarity and learn to shred like the pros, there isn’t a clear learning path or particular program to follow.

However, there are courses within these programs that are excellent for increasing speed on the electric…


The GN93CE is ​the quintessential mid-range acoustic, with a Taylor-esque feature set and a ​versatile preamp. It’s one of our favorite recommendations for those that want to prioritize the onboard preamp.

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Takamine’s GN93CE brings together aesthetics, tonewood quality, and functionality to create one of the best mid-level acoustics we can recommend. ​​

In our Takamine GN93CE review, we’ve found that while we don’t like it as much as the more prestigious Martin and Taylor offerings, ​it’s an excellent representation of what Takamine acoustics have been known for. …


Martin LXK2 Review (Little Martin Acoustic)

Martin LXK2 Little Martin Acoustic

The LXK2 Little Martin, though not as well-built as some acoustics in its price range, has a great sound and can be accommodating to smaller players, smaller hands, or those that just want a more convenient guitar size to play


Didn’t make the final cut (too expensive), but still a good phaser pedal.

Recently updated on June 17, 2020: Removed the Digitech phaser (no longer made), and added the Walrus Audio Lillian, EHX Small Stone, and Whirlwind Orange Box.

Phaser pedals are a lot of fun and a great way to decorate a clean electric guitar tone.

But, if you’re new to phaser pedals, there are a lot of options spanning a wide range of pricing.

Spanning anything from $20 to $200 and higher, there’s a wide range of pricing to choose from with important features to consider. …


Updated by Bobby on June 22, 2020 — Checked availability for all four pedals. Updated links to the Wampler Dracarys distortion.

Gain is a versatile effect, particularly as it relates to the scope covered when crossing from classic overdrive to modern metal saturation.

Those two extremes — and everything in between — give you plenty of gain levels and flavors to choose from.

You get distortion by increasing gain (volume at the preamp level) and (sometimes) in conjunction with decreasing output (volume at the power amp level). …


STRYMON IRIDIUM REVIEW: Summary

The Strymon Iridium is capable of completely replacing your amplifier, saving you from having to lug an amp to a gig or blast too loud while practicing late at night. A hybrid of analog and DSPs, it’s one of the single best-sounding pedal-based amp replacements we’ve ever heard.

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I often play guitar in the evening, in my office with my Mesa Recto-Verb combo amp. However, I have four kids who are usually asleep and my wife likes to watch TV in the evening without a ton of noise. All of this is to be expected. …


QUICK HIT: In a mathematical sense, guitar scales continue endlessly in both directions of the fretboard. That’s why a formally written scale diagram covers the entire fretboard and ends up looking tremendously confusing. However, depending on our scale and mode, we can extract segments of those scales at different parts of the fretboard either individually or as multiple layers. We’ll show you how to do that in this lead guitar lesson.

Most scales we use on the guitar should and can be limited to a particular segment. While we can learn guitar scales in a theoretical…


Regardless of your age, learning a musical instrument — like the guitar — is a healthy activity that improves your quality of life dramatically. If we look at music education statistics, we see that participation in learning a musical instrument (or some kind of music program) helps your brain in a variety of ways that aren’t just related to music itself.

This means that for senior citizens, learning the guitar can be about more than just a new hobby.

It can help you stay sharper and improve your quality of life in a wider range of ways, including improved creativity…


QUICK HIT: A detailed guide about how to optimize chord changes in a functional way to increase speed, accuracy and clean up subtle inconsistencies.

I’ve found that on the guitar, even the simplest movements can be improved over long periods of time. By this I mean that certain things, which may feel second nature after a while, can still be improved. As we get familiar with certain chords, patterns, progressions and shapes, we stop noticing the nuanced and hidden mistakes that we’re making. …

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