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Traditional Songs for Beginning Guitar

Learn to Play "This Little Light of Mine"

Learn to play the instantly recognizable song, “This Little Light of Mine” with the help of this excerpt from Traditional Songs for Beginning Guitar.

Learn to Play the Popular Christmas Hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar includes the first eight measures of "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Learn to play this popular hymn.

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  • Lessons

    Songwriting Basics for Guitarists: Start Writing Songs

    Rework an Existing Song

    Take the first steps toward creating something new and exciting by using a song by one of your favorite artists as a building block.

    Learn Maybelle Carter's Bass Note Technique

    This excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics will help you discover the flexibility you need to begin working melodic lines into the otherwise-basic chord progressions in the Carter Family repertoire.

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  • Advice

    Checking and Adjusting Saddle Height

    How to check your action at the saddle and make adjustments if necessary.

    Truss Rod Adjustments

    What you need to know about your guitar’s truss rod.

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