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Play the Classic Fiddle Tune "Arkansas Traveler"

Try your hand at “Arkansas Traveler,” the official state historic song of Arkansas. This arrangement in the key of C is excerpted from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

Learn to Play the Texas Fiddle Favorite "Beaumont Rag"

Doc Watson and Clarence White made the fiddle tune “Beaumont Rag” famous as a guitar tune. Try the first 16 bars in this excerpt.

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    Country Blues Guitar Basics

    Fingerpicking the Blues: The Alternating-Bass Pattern

    Get to grips with the alternating-bass pattern by playing through the two examples in this excerpt from Country Blues Guitar Basics.

    Monotonic-Bass Patterns

    Thumping your thumb on the same bass note gives you a foundation for melody playing and singing 

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    Gretsch G9201 Honey Dipper

    A Taste of Honey - Gretsch looks to the Delta with its G9201 Honey Dipper resonator guitar

    Meet the Córdoba Mini!

    Check out the world’s first miniature nylon-string guitar!

    Presented by Córdoba

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