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Harmony Central and Riff Interactive have teamed up to offer guitar enthusiasts an exciting new education feature. Each month will feature a new style (rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, etc.) of "daily" guitar licks formatted like a fully interactive music book, which will teach you various music concepts that will enhance your guitar playing. Visit Harmony Central everyday and by the end of the month you'll have a better understanding of these styles.

Riff Interactive software is a small (200k +) and easy to install browser plug-in. Virtually anybody can learn how to play complex musical phrases by selecting sections of interactive tab/notation synched to actual guitar audio, loop, slow down to your skill level while preserving pitch, see the positions and fingerings played on a virtual guitar neck, and more. Video clips, scale patterns, looping jam tracks and other valuable info are also provided to enhance your learning process. For details on getting started with the software, please refer to www.riffinteractive.com/lod/setup/info_app2.htm.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase an entire month of guitar licks and related interactive lessons on CD ROM. Each disc is less expensive & more interactive than alternative methods (books, videos, CDs/tapes, software products) and comes loaded with interactive tab/notation, embedded videos, audio/MP3 files, looping jam tracks, step-by-step instructions and more. CDs provide instant access to content, avoiding slow Internet downloads. There are many CD-ROMs available in the catalog, covering many styles and skill levels and many more to come.

October 2001 Style of the Month: Chicago Blues

The Chicago (and Detroit) blues sound originates from early Delta blues licks... only amplified. Experience learning the guitar style of Chicago & Detroit blues artists like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Elmore James. These legendary guitarists have inspired generations of guitar players and changed the way we experience the guitar. Guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, among legions of other guitarist, have attributed these blues legends as the reason they would pick up their guitar and passionately play everyday.

Beginners will benefit from learning many of these licks and will be challenged to learn more advanced licks and basic slide techniques. Intermediate and advanced players will benefit by learning how to use licks as building blocks to create their own phrases and learn many slide licks and important slide techniques.

Ready to try it out? Check out Today's Guitar Lick of the Day!

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