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TABLE OF CONTENTS

CONTENTS 5 A WORD FROM THE PUBLISHER Keeping the fire alive

6 THE NIGHT BEGINS TO SHINE

Carl Burnett takes us back as a light is shined on today’s Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go!

12 STEVE VAI: THE ALIEN BEEKEEPER

Getting to know Steve Vai and his presence of mind in music and life

20 LESSON: BENDING WORKOUTS

Chris Buono is swimming in a pool of ideas for bending Workouts. Hit the gym!

26 LESSON: JAZZ-BLUES MELODIC

PATHWAYS (IMPLYING THE CHANGES)

STEVE VAI: THE ALIEN BEEKEEPER What do bees and guitar have in common? Turns out a lot if you’re a guitar maestro

David Blacker shares his approach to practice by accompanying himself through a twelve-bar progression. Get inspired!

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30 LESSON: THE ROAD TO A WHOLE LOTTA

POWER TRIO

Hone in on Kelly Richey’s essential techniques and specific elements that are used when playing guitar in a blues-rock power trio

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Carl Burnett gives us the scoop on Internet sensation and Cartoon Network fan favorite, The Night Begins to Shine

Explore James Hogans’ approach to the less used (but no less interesting) half step bends to create some really interesting colors

MUSIC UNITES THE WORLD, AND SO CAN YOU

THE NIGHT BEGINS TO SHINE

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Ravi plays a part in sharing a gift that literally will change our world.

LESSON: HALF STEP BENDS | A PATH LESS TRAVELED

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4 LESSON: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE

MELODIC, HARMONIC, AND RHYTHMIC LANGUAGE OF JAZZ Jazz Cats Unite! Ryan Carraher gives us the scoop on getting started with Jazz improvisation

46 FAREED HAQUE: WORLD DOMINATION

LESSON: THE ROAD TO A WHOLE LOTTA POWER TRIO

The guitar is a journey and Kelly shares her road map in a Whole Lotta Power Trio

AUTUMN 2016 | ISSUE 9

Fareed shares how it’s possible to never make a mistake playing guitar (and other Jam topics)

LESSON: BENDING WORKOUTS

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He’s back! Hit the Gym with Buono’s bending workout

52 MUSIC UNITES THE WORLD, AND SO

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CAN YOU

Singer-songwriter and cultural diplomat Ravi travels to bring music and unite youth around the world

Riff Journal | Autumn 2016 | Issue 9