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Learn to Play the Classic Blues Song "Oh Daddy"

This excerpt from Arranging Folk and Blues Songs focuses on thumb rolls and how they can help “fatten up” the sound of the solo guitar.

Play the Melody to "Queen of the Earth, Child of the Stars"

This tune from Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs can be played with a measured tempo, as a slow march, or, with a less-regular beat.

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    Add Minor-Seventh Chords to Your Acoustic Rock Compositions

    This excerpt will guide you through playing a minor-seventh chord in a progression similar to the bridge in “Norwegian Wood,” by the Beatles.

    Fingerstyle Blues Songbook COVER

    Walkin' the Basses

    One of the most common devices in the blues guitar repertoire is walking the bass line. Learn more in today’s excerpt from the Fingerstyle Blues Songbook.

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    Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual

    How to Fix Rattles

    How to track down and fix common rattles in acoustic guitars.

    Gibson - Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player's Edition

    The guitar works just as well for strumming as it does for fingerpicking, and that’s definitely not always the case with such a large instrument.

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