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Play "Nearer, My God, To Thee" for Fingerstyle Guitar

Learn to play a beautiful arrangement of the well-known hymn with the help of this video excerpt from Gospel Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.

Play the Classic Fiddle Tune "Arkansas Traveler"

Try your hand at “Arkansas Traveler,” the official state historic song of Arkansas. This arrangement in the key of C is excerpted from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

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    Learn to Play Augmented Chords

    Play an augmented chord by starting with your major chord and raising the fifth by a half step. Hear the difference for yourself in today’s excerpt from Rhythm Guitar Essentials.

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    Enhancing the Alternating Bass with Passing Tones

    Passing tones can add emphasis to chord changes and create a more contoured bass line. See them at work in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.

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    Capo 3

    Click It & Pick It - The Mac application Capo 3 offers powerful tools for learning songs off the record

    AG 218 February 2011

    Make a Connection

    Two tips for engaging an audience.

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