Early Intermediate

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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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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.

The Blues Scale and Simple Lead Licks

Use Slides, Hammer-Ons, and Pull-Offs to Minimize Pick Strokes

As the tempo quickens, use slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs to play more notes without having to pick each one. See the example in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics.

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

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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Play the Classic Fiddle Tune "Arkansas Traveler"

Try your hand at “Arkansas Traveler,” the official state historic song of Arkansas. This arrangement in the key of C is excerpted from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

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

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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.


Play the Irish Love Song "Heather on the Moor"

Brought back to popularity by Paul Brady in the late ’70s, the traditional Irish song "Heather on the Moor" is an easy-to-play tune about unrequited love . Play the first 12 bars as taken from Irish Songs for Guitar.

Audio. Songs. Folk. Early Intermediate.

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

“St. Anne’s Reel” is a flatpicker’s favorite, thought to be of French-Canadian origin. Play through the first nine bars in today’s excerpt from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

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

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Classic Chord Progressions in Songs by the Beatles

Today's excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials lays out chord progressions commonly heard in songs including The Beatles' "Twist and Shout," "Yes It Is," and "That Boy." Try playing the examples.

Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate.


Play the Irish Tune "Whiskey in the Jar"

“Whiskey in the Jar” is instantly recognizable as an Irish pub favorite. Play the first eight bars with today’s excerpt from Irish Songs for Guitar.

Video. Songs. Folk. Early Intermediate.

Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials

Frailing in Alternate Tunings

Use your guitar to reproduce that old-time banjo sound. This easy exercise will get you started with frailing.

Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.


25th Anniversary Issue

In this 25th anniversary special section, Acoustic Guitar explores the world of acoustic music from every angle: the most influential acoustic-guitar players; the most significant moments in acoustic-music history; and more. The sections are divided into lists of 25, to celebrate the 25 years AG has been your guide to the acoustic guitar.


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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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7 Great Rock Strumming Patterns

Playing effective rhythm is more than simply learning how to strum along with a beat—it involves finding the unique groove that fits each song best, whether that’s integrating strummed passages with bass notes, palm muting, syncopation, accents, or other techniques. In this feature, we take a look at seven popular strummed rock rhythm patterns that you can use or adapt for your own songs. 


Ukulele Basics

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


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!  


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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