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.

AG 191 November 2008

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.


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.

ARB: Chordal Riffs

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.


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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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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Articulating a Melody with Legato Embellishments

Play notes legato with hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Play through today’s examples from the Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method to hear the difference once legato embellishments are added.

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

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Learn to Play the Traditional Tune "Railroad Bill"

Play five-string banjo favorite “Railroad Bill” in G tuning for slide guitar with the help of today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Best Private Lessons.

Audio. Songs. Blues. Country. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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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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Play a Blues Shuffle

When strumming the A5 chord, try to hit only the fourth and fifth strings. Perfect this technique and learn more in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Essentials.

Audio. Lessons. Blues. 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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