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Flatpick the Fiddle Tune "Forked Deer"

Dan Crary described “Forked Deer” as “one of the great, majestic fiddle tunes.” Play through the first eight measures in today’s excerpt from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

Learn to Play the Traditional Tune "Duncan and Brady"

In this excerpt from Arranging Folk and Blues Songs, “Duncan and Brady” is arranged in a minor key to emphasize the macabre aspect of this murder story.

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    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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    Learn the Hammer-On Technique from a Fingerstyle Master

    Hammer-ons can be used to create a more fluid phrasing of a musical line. Today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method demonstrates how to play them.

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    Riversong Traditional Canadian Deluxe

    Unconventional Wisdom - Riversong’s Tradition Canadian Deluxe is free-swinging yet familiar

    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. 

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