Be Your Own Band
What do you do when there's nobody to jam with? These great practice tools will give you all the benefits of a band (and none of the drama). By Rik Elswit.
Camp o' Technique
Take off for guitar camp this summer and you'll not only improve your playing but also meet like-minded guitarists. By David Zimmerman.
Play by Numbers
Knowing chords by number can help you play any song in any key—using chords you already know. By David Hodge.
Summer Strummin'. Editor Nicole Solis muses on guitar camps and how summer is the perfect time of year for playing guitar outside. By Nicole Solis.
Inbox. Play Guitar! readers send in letters about recent lessons and weekly guitar jams.
Vary Your Volume. Changing your volume to suit a song will make your playing more dynamic. By David Hodge.
Double Up with 12-Strings. Check out this sampling of six great 12-string guitars. By John Reitan.
I DID IT!
Invent a Way to Play. John Denner overcomes physical challenges to prove that anyone can play guitar. By Charles Saufley.
THEY DID IT!
Go Your Own Way. Lindsey Buckingham found his unique style by following the music he loved. By Andrew DuBrock.
Guitar Method Software. Turn on your computer, grab your guitar, and learn to play. By Jason Garoian.
Reach Your Goals. Set your sights closer and you'll get your playing where you want it to be. By David Zimmerman.
Harness the Power. Master these easy power chord shapes and learn how to unleash their full potential. By David Hodge.
Create Solos that Cook. Just like a good recipe, great solos only require a few, well-chosen ingredients: melody, chord shapes, a scale, and rhythm. By Mitch Polzak.
Be the King (or Queen) of Surf Guitar. Venture into the warm waters of surf guitar and ace these classic, fun-to-play licks. By Pete Madsen.
Summertime Blues. From Eddie Cochran's Somethin' Else: The Fine-Looking Hits of Eddie CochranBy Hemme Luttjeboer.
Wipeout. From the Surfaris' Wipe Out! The Best of the SurfarisBy Hemme Luttjeboer.
Surfin' USA. From the Beach Boys' Sounds of SummerBy Hemme Luttjeboer.
Smoke on the Water. From Deep Purple's Machine HeadBy Hemme Luttjeboer.
WHAT'S THAT FOR?
Delirious Tremolos. Use a tremolo arm to get subtle vibrato or radical dive-bomb effects. By Rik Elswit.
WHAT GUITAR SHOULD I BUY?
Ultimate Upgrade. We help JayDe Fulkerson find a guitar to last a lifetime. By Jason Garoian.
I PLAY GUITAR
Lindsey Buckingham. "Playing music was an obsession. I was drawn to it in a way that was almost religious."