Early 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.

Roots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar

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.

Fingerstyle Blues Songbook COVER

Learn to Play "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.

Complete Irish Songs COVER

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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Learn to Play the Popular Christmas Hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful"


Today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar includes the first eight measures of "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Learn to play this popular hymn.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn a Solo-Guitar Arrangement of “Silent Night”


Round off Christmas Day with a rendition of the enduring holiday classic “Silent Night,” arranged here in the key of A major.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play "Auld Lang Syne" for New Year's Eve


Today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar challenges you to create the effect of a congregation of people singing together. Try it with these measures from "Auld Lang Syne."


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play a Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Deck the Halls"


Enjoy the Celtic-sounding drone in this arrangement of "Deck the Halls," set in standard tuning in the key of E major and taken from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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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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