Early Intermediate

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Use the Flatted Fifth in Your Blues Scale Licks

Today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials shows you three different ways you can use the flatted fifth in your blues scale licks.

Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Classic Jazz Tune "After You've Gone"

Play this eight-bar excerpt of “After You’ve Gone” (taken from Early Jazz and Swing Songs for Guitar) at a moderate tempo.

Songs. Jazz. Early Intermediate.

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Play the Traditional Song "Down in the Willow Garden"

Learn about the origins of "Down in the Willow Garden" and get playing tips in today’s excerpt from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher.

Video. Songs. Flatpicking. Folk. Early Intermediate.

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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.


Borrow Chords from Related Keys

Learn how to borrow chords from related, parallel keys to create interesting and exciting chord progressions.

Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate.

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Country Blues Guitar in Open C

Play through two exercises and learn how to get into open-C tuning with the help of today’s excerpt from Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials.

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

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Learn to Play the Fiddle Tune "St. Anne's Reel" on Guitar

Play through the first nine bars of this flatpicker’s favorite with today’s excerpt from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

Video. Songs. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Classic Blues Tune “Things About Comin’ My Way”

Tampa Red is perhaps the most influential slide guitarist in the history of the blues. Today’s excerpt is based on his 1934 recording of “Things About Comin’ My Way.”

Audio. Songs. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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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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Flatpick the Fiddle Tune “Blackberry Blossom”

Play the first eight bars from this popular bluegrass and old-time tune. 

Video. Songs. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

Alternate Tunings in Acoustic Rock

Fingerstyle Rock in Dropped-D Tuning

Experiment with dropped-D fingerstyle licks that inspired or fueled big rock hits

Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Play McCartney's Fingerpicking Pattern from "Yesterday"

Try this short exercise to get your fingers ready to play the Beatles' hit

Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Piano-Ballad Style Fingerpicking Pattern

Move between monotonic bass lines and plucked treble notes for a fingerpicking pattern similar to “Tears in Heaven.” 

Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Monotonic-Bass Patterns

Thumping your thumb on the same bass note gives you a foundation for melody playing and singing 

Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics

Finessing the V Chord in Slide Melodies

In this excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics, David Hamburger explains how to use the 12th-fret position to play slide melodies that would work well over the V chord.

Audio. Lessons. Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

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Play an Open-D Arrangement of "Lonesome Weary Blues"

Add to your slide guitar repertoire with an open-D tuning arrangement of "Lonesome Weary Blues" from Fingerstyle Blues Songbook.

Audio. Songs. Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Blues/Rock Chord Changes

How to use chords like the flatted VII in your songs.

Sessions. Blues. Rock. Songwriting. Early Intermediate.

Chord and Harmony Basics

Learn to Play Chord Fills

Today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Chord and Harmony Basics shows you how to enhance a basic D-Chord harmony.

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

Acoustic Guitar Solo Fingerstyle Basics

Great Classical Exercises

Develop your skills in hand and finger independence, bass lines, intervals, voicings, and more by playing elementary classical guitar exercises. See examples in today’s excerpt from Solo Fingerstyle Guitar Basics.

Audio. Lessons. Classical. Fingerstyle. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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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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Learn to Play the Irish Tune "Star of the County Down"

Learn one of Ireland’s best-loved songs, “Star of the County Down,” from Irish Songs for Guitar.

Video. Songs. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Traditional Blues "Lonesome Day"

Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” was one of the influences for Jody Stecher's version of “Lonesome Day” from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher.

Video. Songs. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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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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Play the Classic Blues Song "The Dardanella Blues"

“The Dardanella Blues” comments on the original, highly popular 1919 song “Dardanella.” Play the first 10 measures with today’s excerpt from Arranging Folk and Blues Songs.

Video. Songs. Blues. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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