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Add "O Holy Night" to Your Christmas Carol Repertoire

Learn to play one of the most beloved Christmas carols. Today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar presents an arrangement of “O Holy Night” that features a low, cello-inspired tuning.

Experiment with Tempo In This Excerpt from “Silent Night”

When playing through the second ending in this excerpt from “Silent Night” arranged for fingerstyle guitar, feel free to experiment with tempo, adding pauses where you see (or hear) fit.

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    Play a Ragtime Blues Thumb Roll

    A thumb roll in the bass before the downbeat of the measure gives your groove some bounce. Learn how to play one with today’s excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics.

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    Free Gift: Blues Slide Lesson

    Because we are already burnt out on Black Friday marketing mania (and we’re sure you are too)- we wanted to offer a little relief: a free lesson on blues slide guitar.

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    Learn Fingerstyle Techniques with Part 2 of Cordoba's "How to Play Fingerstyle Guitar"

    Fingerstyle technique is used in almost every genre and style of music, from timeless classical pieces to today's top hits. Instead of strumming chords, pluck individual strings to "decorate" the harmony!

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    Veillette Gryphon

    A Hybrid Lives Up to Its Name - The 12-string Gryphon grants guitarists easy access to mandolin-like effects 

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