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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Play the Holiday Classic "Jingle Bells"


Today’s excerpt from Holiday Classics for Fingerstyle Guitar includes the first eight measures of that festive favorite “Jingle Bells,” arranged in dropped-D tuning and a jubilant Chet Atkins/Jerry Reed style.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

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Play the Classic Blues Tune "Way Out on the Desert"


Enjoy the bluesy phrases and seventh chords in Roosevelt T. Williams’ rocking stomp “Way Out on the Desert” – arranged here for fingerstyle guitar.


Audio. Songs. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. 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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Partial Barre Chords Basics


Partial barres make it possible to combine fretted and open strings. Learn how they’re formed in today's excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Open Strings vs. Fretted Notes


Convenience is one reason for choosing an open note over a fretted one. Discover other factors to consider in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


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

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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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Theme and Melodic Variations


Learn how to expand a short melody into a complete composition or arrangement, using variations on “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Early Intermediate.

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Prelude from the Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major


Learn an arrangement of a classic piece by Johann Sebastian Bach, transposed to the key of D and set in dropped-D tuning.


Video. Songs. Classical. Early Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Blues Classic "Careless Love"


Today’s excerpt from Arranging Folk and Blues Songs invites you to play a bluesy ballad interpretation of “Careless Love” – a classic tune from the early-20th-century New Orleans jazz songbook.


Video. . Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Assume the Classical Playing Position


Before you begin learning classical technique, it’s important to learn the proper way to sit and hold the guitar.


Video. Lessons. Classical. Early Intermediate.

Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials

Learn to Play in Dropped-D Tuning


Get into dropped-D tuning, and discover a world of new tonalities and textures. Find out how in today’s excerpt from Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials.


Lessons. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate.

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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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Keeping Swing Time with a Metronome


Learn how to practice jazz rhythms with a metronome. 


Video. Lessons. Jazz. Early Intermediate.

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Walkin' the Basses


One of the most common devices in the blues guitar repertoire is walking the bass line. Learn more in today’s excerpt from the Fingerstyle Blues Songbook.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

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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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Experiment with Sound


Ever wonder how experienced songwriters tweak songs to make them sound original? Here are a few ways to recast your songs.


Lessons. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. 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 the Jazz Classic "T'ain't Nobody's Business if I Do"


Billie Holiday did one of the definitive versions of the eight-bar blues song, “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I do.” Today’s excerpt reveals some handy tricks to playing it well.


Audio. Songs. Blues. Jazz. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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I Ain't Got Nobody


See today’s excerpt for the first eight bars of “I Ain’t Got Nobody”—a song that is instantly recognizable thanks to Louis Prima’s hit 1956 medley with “Just a Gigolo.”


Audio. Songs. Blues. Jazz. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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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Play the Fiddle Tune "Angeline the Baker" on Guitar


The fiddle tune "Angeline the Baker" is an old-time and bluegrass staple. Learn to play the first eight measures with this excerpt from Fiddle Tune Essentials.


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

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Blues Shuffle Lesson


The backbone of blues is the shuffle. Here’s how to do it! 


Video. Lessons. Blues. Early Intermediate.

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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.

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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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