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The Art of Solo Flatpicking


Today’s excerpt from Bluegrass Guitar Essentials explains how a dropped-D tuning can help give you a full bass sound that will allow you to accompany yourself.


Audio. Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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How to Adjust Your Truss Rod


How you adjust your truss rod depends on whether it is a single- or double-action truss rod. Read today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Care & Maintenance for more information.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care. Beginner.

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Two Essential Elements of Carter-Style Guitar


A root bass note and a first-position chord are the two essential elements of Carter-style guitar playing. Practice both with the examples in today’s excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics.


Video. Lessons. Country. Folk. Beginner.

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How to Go From Standard to Open-G Tuning


Many of the great blues guitarists used open tunings. Learn how to get into open-G from standard tuning with the help of this excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Add Scratch Rhythms to Your Acoustic Rock Strum Patterns


Learn how to use your guitar to simulate the sound of a backbeat snare drum with the help of today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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How to Choose the Right Amplification Setup for You


Every performing guitarist has different amplification needs. Find out how to choose the right amplification setup for you in this excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Amplification Essentials.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care. Beginner.

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Learn the Hammer-On Technique from a Fingerstyle Master


Hammer-ons can be used to create a more fluid phrasing of a musical line. Today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method demonstrates how to play them.


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

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Use Dropped-D Tuning for Alternating Bass Fingerpicking


Find out why dropped-D tuning is a popular tuning for alternating-bass fingerpicking in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials.


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

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Do the Mandolin Boogie


Play through the example in today’s excerpt from Roots and Blues Mandolin and discover how effective the mandolin can be as a rhythm instrument.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Folk. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Traditional Tune "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"


Be sure to maintain the groove and keep the beat when playing today’s excerpt from “Will the Circle Be Unbroken."


Audio. Songs. Bluegrass. Folk. Beginner.

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Quarter-Tone Slides


If a one-fret distance is called a half tone, a quarter tone is half that distance. Learn how to play one in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Christmas Classic "Joy to the World"


“Joy to the World” was first set to music around 1800. Learn to play this classic three-chord song with the help of today’s excerpt from Christmas Songs for Beginning Guitar.


Audio. Songs. Folk. Beginner.

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The Art of the Classical Arpeggio


Study the classical guitar approach to picking figures across sets of strings with this series of arpeggio exercises.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Beginner.

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Create a Three-Dimensional Sound on Fingerstyle Guitar


In music, depth of field is accomplished primarily through “internal dynamics.” Find out more in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


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

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Learn to Navigate the Minor-Pentatonic Scale


Knowing just five patterns can unlock the fingerboard for both the major- and minor- pentatonic scale. Learn more in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials.


Video. . Rock. Beginner.

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Learn to Play "O Come, All Ye Faithful"


Guitar players at every level can accompany their carol-singing this year. Play the opening to “O Come, All Ye Faithful” with today’s excerpt from Christmas Songs for Beginning Guitar.


Audio. Songs. Folk. Beginner.

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Bluegrass Bass Runs


Embellish the standard boom-chuck rhythm pattern with some well-placed bass runs.


Audio. Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Using Basic Chord Shapes to Create Riffs


Here’s how to break up easy chords to create cool riffs like you hear in some of rock's most memorable songs.  


Video. Lessons. Rock. Songwriting. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Learn to Play "Silent Night"


Get into the holiday spirit by playing the first eight bars of “Silent Night” in today’s excerpt from Christmas Songs from Beginning Guitar.


Audio. Songs. Classical. Beginner.

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.


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

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Learn the Boom-Chuck Rhythm


Learn the rhythm at the heart of countless folk and country songs. 


Audio. Lessons. Country. Folk. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Explore 3/4 Time


Learn 3 great strumming patterns in 3/4 Time


Audio. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Try Using Loops in Your Songwriting Process


Create a rhythmic loop and try developing a melody or lyrics around it. Find out more in today’s excerpt from Songwriting Basics for Guitarists.


Advice. Beginner.

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All About Dovetail and Bolt-On Neck Joints


A dovetail neck uses a traditional woodworker’s joint while a bolt-on neck joint uses hardware to attach the neck to the body. Today’s excerpt from Understanding Your Guitar reveals more.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care. Beginner.

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The Art of the Blues Turnaround


Today’s excerpt from Country Blues Guitar Basics will teach you how to harmonize a basic musical figure with other notes to create some versatile blues turnarounds.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Beginner.

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