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Why You Should Check out our New Instructional Video Series "The 5-Minute Lesson"


We are thrilled to announce our latest guide series: The 5-Minute Lesson! Get more from your guitar wit this series of brief, insightful videos with tips on warm-up exercises, practicing, gig preparation and other useful topics.


News. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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New! The Ultimate Guide to Guitar-Related Injury Prevention


Good wrist, hand, and nerve health is not always a priority when it comes to practice time. And yet, if the issue is overlooked for too long, serious problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis could be the result. The good news is that a regular warm-up routine at the beginning of your practice can help prevent the possibility of pain and injury.


Advice. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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How to Make the Most of an Open Mic


Open mics are a great way to get exposure for you and your tunes, but it’s important to be prepared. This except from Make the Most of an Open Mic will get you started on the path to becoming an open mic hero.


Advice. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Guitar + Harmonica: How to "Tongue Block"


This excerpt from A Basic Harmonica Lesson for Guitarists teaches you a vital technique called "tongue blocking." It also covers the chord progression used by Neil Young on his popular guitar-and-harp song, “Heart of Gold.”


Advice. Blues. Folk. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces U.S. Sessions


Guitar Workshop Plus, recipient of a 2014 Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award for Instruction, has announced its first-ever U.S.-based workshop for 2015. GWP has chosen San Diego as its newest location, and the inaugural San Diego workshop will be held on June 21-26, 2015 at the campus of California State University, San Marcos.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Acoustic Groove Tips from Tom Strahle and ELIXIR® Strings


Los Angeles session guitarist, songwriter and teacher, Tom Strahle, talks about the most important thing to know for acoustic guitar players. This is a tip you can really use!


Video. Advice. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Want to Learn Guitar? It's All in a Day's Work, Says Marlene Hutchinson...


Think it’ll take you months to learn to play the guitar? Maybe even a year? Think again.


Video. Lessons. Beginner.

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LESSON: Open String Carter-Style Hammer-Ons


Amp up Carter-style guitar with hammer-on embellishments.


Video. Lessons. Country. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Strengthen Your Fretting Hand


This fretting hand exercise from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials will improve your technique, no matter what style you are playing in.


Video. Lessons. Jazz. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Songwriting Tip: Write First, Think Later


Acoustic Guitar Editor at Large Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers says don't filter yourself when beginning to write a song.


Advice. Songwriting. Beginner.

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Learn "The Island Strum" from Jamplay.com's Strummin' with Steve Series


Learn reggae rhythm and palm muting technique in this excerpt from Jamplay.com's Strummin' with Steve series.


Video. Advice. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Travis Picking Basics


In this excerpt from The Acoustic Guitar Fingerstyle Method, David Hamburger introduces us to travis picking and explains the steps involved in establishing the bass notes.


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Fingerpicking the Blues: The Alternating-Bass Pattern


Get to grips with the alternating-bass pattern by playing through the two examples in this excerpt from Country Blues Guitar Basics.


Lessons. Country. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Master An Easy Version of “Jingle Bells” Just In Time For the Holidays


Did you know that “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving children’s production? Learn to play an easy version of the holiday favorite with the help of this excerpt.


Audio. Songs. Beginner.

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Why do Minor Keys Sound Sad?


This excerpt from Music Basics for Guitarists breaks down the differences between major and minor scales and reveals what it is that gives minor keys that sad sound.


Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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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.


Songs. Folk. Beginner.

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Learn How To Shift Between Chords


Develop your chord shifting skills by changing between G and C chords with the help of this excerpt from Rhythm and Strumming Basics.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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3/4 Time for Beginners


Here’s an exercise to help you hear the rhythm of 3/4  or “waltz” time more easily.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Using Slurs in Fiddle Tunes


Slurs can throw off your pick direction in a fiddle tune. Learn how to use them correctly with the help of this excerpt from Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.


Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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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.


Video. Lessons. Country. Beginner.

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Sync Your Picking Hand with a Metronome


Today’s How To includes some single-note exercises to help you get your picking hand synced with the metronome.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Learn How to Play Natural Harmonics


Alex de Grassi teaches you how to find and play natural harmonics.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Play Leads with Major Scales


Build any major scale by starting on a pitch and applying the whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half formula when adding notes.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Using Familiar Songs as Songwriting Templates


Try switching the key of a familiar song – a modification that may then inspire ideas for changing the rhythmic feel.


Video. Lessons. Songwriting. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Use the Alternating Bass Technique in 3/4 Time


Today’s excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics explains the adjustments that need to be made to the bass/strum pattern of 4/4 time in order to accommodate a tune in 3/4 time.


Video. Lessons. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Flatpicking. Beginner.

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