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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.

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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    Weekly Workout: Chord Scales

    Learn the function of the individual notes in scales by matching scales to the chords in your songs.

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    Adding Hammer-Ons to an Alternating Bass Melody

    Make an alternating-bass melody clearer by adding some hammer-ons. Play through the examples in today's excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Lead and Melody Basics.

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    Why Nashville Guitarist and Songwriter Jeff Hyde Uses Elixir Strings

    Nashville based guitarist and songwriter, Jeff Hyde, has written chart topping hits and recorded and toured with the great Eric Church for the past four years.

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    Gretsch G9201 Honey Dipper

    A Taste of Honey - Gretsch looks to the Delta with its G9201 Honey Dipper resonator guitar - (Special thanks to Brad Barr of the Barr Brothers.)

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