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Country Blues Guitar Basics

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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Play a Ragtime Blues Thumb Roll


A thumb roll in the bass before the downbeat of the measure gives your groove some bounce. Learn how to play one with today’s excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics.


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

Roots and Blues Mandolin

Blue Notes and Tremolo for Mandolin


Create that bluesy sound on your mandolin with just three scale intervals. Find out which ones and how to use them in today’s excerpt from Roots and Blues Mandolin.


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

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Improvising on a Melody


Improvising doesn’t just mean playing variations of the melody. Experiment by playing a well-known melody to a different rhythm with the help of today’s excerpt.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Developing a Steady Tempo


Use a rest or a held note as a chance to read ahead in the music. Discover more on keeping time in today’s excerpt from The Beginner’s Guide to Guitar.


Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Learn to Play Augmented Chords


Play an augmented chord by starting with your major chord and raising the fifth by a half step. Hear the difference for yourself in today’s excerpt from Rhythm Guitar Essentials.


Audio. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Experimenting with Open-D Tuning


Singers, slide players, and instrumentalists, try playing in Open-D tuning. Learn how to get into and experiment with an Open-D tuning in today’s excerpt from Explore Alternate Tunings.


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

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Use Call-and-Response in Your Blues Leads


Call and response is one of the fundamental concepts of blues soloing. Learn more and see it at work in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Lead and Melody Basics.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Time Signatures


Get the feel of two common time signatures, 4/4 time and 3/4 time. 


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics

Transposing Your Slide Melodies


Playing slide guitar in an open tuning makes it easy to transpose licks in that tuning to another position. Find out how in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics.


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

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Learn Two Flatpicking Techniques


Try mixing upstrokes and downstrokes to achieve speed in your flatpicking. Learn more and put the advice into practice with the examples in today’s excerpt from Flatpicking Guitar Basics.


Audio. . Flatpicking. Beginner.

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Seek Out Feedback When Writing Songs


Look to songwriting groups for a forum for sensitive and informed feedback, even it’s feedback you don’t necessarily agree with! Read more in today’s excerpt from Songwriting Basics for Guitarists.


Advice. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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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.


Lessons. Beginner.

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Use Sus4 Chords in Your Acoustic Rock Compositions


Sus4 chords can be heard in classic songs like Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” and many others. Today’s excerpt shows you how to play them.


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

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How to Create Chordal Riffs


Deconstruct simple chord shapes and progressions to create classic riffs in the style of Neil Young and the Beatles.


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

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Lucky 13: Thirteen Notable Guitars from 2013, Part 2


From big to small, from rare to sustainable woods, acoustic and acoustic-electric, and at every price point, here are 13 guitars worth revisiting at year’s end. 


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Lucky 13: Thirteen Notable Guitars from 2013, Part 1


From big to small, from rare to sustainable woods, acoustic and acoustic-electric, and at every price point, here are 13 guitars worth revisiting at year’s end. 


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Acoustic Guitar Method

Get Started Playing Guitar


Just beginning your journey with the guitar? These lessons from the Acoustic Guitar Method will help you navigate some of the basics like comfortably holding the guitar, easily forming and switching between chords, and spicing up your playing with single-note picking. You’ll also learn a few classic traditional songs to bring the music to life. So pick up your guitar and let’s get started! 


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Ukulele Basics


Bitten by the ukulele bug? This series of lessons, songs, and articles is sure to feed your need for all things uke.


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Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns


This week, we’re exploring fingerpicking patterns that have fueled some of the biggest hits in rock music. Listen to iconic songs like the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” Cat Stevens’s “Moonshadow,” or Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” and you’ll hear they’re all driven by distinctive fingerpicking patterns. These patterns fit their songs perfectly, but they each take different approaches; from the flowing arpeggio patterns heard in “House of the Rising Sun” to the alternating-bass fingerpicking heard in “Dear Prudence.” Let’s check them out!  


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Let It Slide


Whether you're just starting out on slide, looking to improve your technique, or interested in adding to your blues repertoire, this series of seven lessons is sure to ignite your interest in slide guitar.


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