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Learn a song or new guitar technique. Get expert advice on caring for your guitar or shopping for a new instrument. Sample a new musical style or dive deeper into your favorite genre. Check out our latest songs, lessons, and advice below or search the online archives, where you’ll find hundreds of articles that will help you improve your playing.

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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 the Fiddle Tune "Black Mountain Rag" on Guitar

Before Doc Watson made “Black Mountain Rag” a unique guitar piece, it was an equally unique fiddle tune. Play through today’s excerpt from an arrangement by Grammy-nominated guitarist Scott Nygaard.

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  • Lessons

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    The Giuliani Studies

    Explore classical guitar master Mauro Giuliani’s legendary picking-hand exercises.

    Kelly Joe Phelps Slide Lesson

    The fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter demonstrates some of the slide guitar techniques that have reinvigorated his playing.

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  • Advice

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    Make a Connection

    Tips for engaging an audience.

    Using Western Red Cedar as a Top Wood

    Northern Ireland’s George Lowden relied heavily on cedar tops when developing his guitars’ signature sound in the ’70s. Learn more in today’s excerpt from the Acoustic Guitar Guide to Tonewoods.

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