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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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    Learn the Boom-Chuck Rhythm

    Learn the rhythm at the heart of countless folk and country songs. 

    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.

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    Michael Kelly Rick Turner S6 & N6

    Renaissance Redux - Michael Kelly’s new S6 steel-string and N6 nylon-string models revisit the innovative designs of Rick Turner

    Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual

    How to Fix Rattles

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

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