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Irish Songs Audiobook COVER

Learn to Play "Rocky Road to Dublin"

"Rocky Road to Dublin" is an instantly recognizable and rousing Irish song. Play through the first few bars with this excerpt from "Irish Songs for Guitar."

Learn to Play "Auld Lang Syne" for New Year's Eve

Today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar challenges you to create the effect of a congregation of people singing together. Try it with these measures from "Auld Lang Syne."

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  • Lessons

    The Country Boom-Chuck Rhythm

    Learn to adapt the country boom-chuck rhythm to rock songs. 

    Use the Flatted Fifth in Your Blues Scale Licks

    Today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials shows you three different ways you can use the flatted fifth in your blues scale licks.

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  • Advice

    How to Clean Your Guitar

    Cleaning your guitar is the first step to regular maintenance. Here’s how to get rid of everyday smudges, fingerprints, and dirt. 

    Gretsch G9460 ‘Dixie 6’ Guitar-banjo

    Whistlin’ Dixie - Gretsch’s guitar-banjo hybrid will delight guitarists looking to expand their sonic palette

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