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Roots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar

Learn to Play the Classic Blues Tune “Things About Comin’ My Way”

Tampa Red is perhaps the most influential slide guitarist in the history of the blues. Today’s excerpt is based on his 1934 recording of “Things About Comin’ My Way.”

Early Jazz and Swing COVER

Learn to Play the Classic Jazz Tune "After You've Gone"

Play this eight-bar excerpt of “After You’ve Gone” (taken from Early Jazz and Swing Songs for Guitar) at a moderate tempo.

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    The Country Boom-Chuck Rhythm

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

    Up-the-Neck Octave Exercises

    Get ready to stretch. These up-the-neck octave exercises from the Weekly Workout series will help you learn the fingerboard.

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    Phil Keaggy Demonstrates His Playing Style and Capo Technique for ELIXIR Strings

    Phil Keaggy loves capos. If one is good, two are better! Check out his playing, capo technique, and looping in this video by Elixir® Strings.

    Presented by Elixir® Strings

    Learn Guitar with Pat Donohue, Mary Flower and More at 'Blues in the Gorge'

    Menucha Presents: Blues in the Gorge. Immerse yourself in music for a long weekend with some of the best blues and fingerstyle guitarists around.

    Presented by Menucha Retreat & Conference Center

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