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How to Use Open Strings When Playing in Flat Keys

Because one of the things that makes something “easy” on the guitar is the presence of open strings, let’s take a closer look at a few flat keys and see how many standard-tuning open-string notes can be found in the keys of Bb and Eb.

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


New! The Ultimate Guide to Guitar-Related Injury Prevention

Good wrist, hand, and nerve health is not always a priority when it comes to practice time. And yet, if the issue is overlooked for too long, serious problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis could be the result. The good news is that a regular warm-up routine at the beginning of your practice can help prevent the possibility of pain and injury.

Advice. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


Strengthen Your Picking and Fretting Hands with "Drop Two Chord Arpeggios"

The latest in our super-popular Weekly Workout series explores drop two chord arpeggios. You'll work through a variety of chord types using diatonic chords of major and melodic minor scales, all the while getting a comprehensive workout for the fretting and picking hands.

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

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces U.S. Sessions

Guitar Workshop Plus, recipient of a 2014 Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award for Instruction, has announced its first-ever U.S.-based workshop for 2015. GWP has chosen San Diego as its newest location, and the inaugural San Diego workshop will be held on June 21-26, 2015 at the campus of California State University, San Marcos.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


Learn Fingerstyle Techniques with Part 2 of Cordoba's "How to Play Fingerstyle Guitar"

Fingerstyle technique is used in almost every genre and style of music, from timeless classical pieces to today's top hits. Instead of strumming chords, pluck individual strings to "decorate" the harmony!

Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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ArtistWorks Instructor Martin Taylor Expands on his Foundation for Fingerstyle Magic

Build mini chord progressions all over the neck with root/10th transition points.

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


Strengthen Your Fretting Hand

This fretting hand exercise from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials will improve your technique, no matter what style you are playing in.

Video. Lessons. Jazz. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


Classical Guitar Virtuoso Jason Vieaux Breaks Down “Bourrée” by J.S. Bach

Learn to play Bach's "Bourrée in E Minor" in this lesson from Jason Vieaux and Artistworks.

Video. Songs. Classical. Advanced. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


Don Ross from Teaches Travis Picking

Fingerstyle master Don Ross talks fingerpicking patterns with a focus on Travis Picking.

Video. Lessons. Advanced. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play "Rocky Road to Dublin"

"Rocky Road to Dublin" is an instantly recognizable and rousing Irish song. Play through the first few bars with this excerpt from "Irish Songs for Guitar."

Songs. Advanced. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Travis Picking Basics

In this excerpt from The Acoustic Guitar Fingerstyle Method, David Hamburger introduces us to travis picking and explains the steps involved in establishing the bass notes.

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

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Play "Nearer, My God, To Thee" for Fingerstyle Guitar

Learn to play a beautiful arrangement of the well-known hymn with the help of this video excerpt from Gospel Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.

Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Christmas Anthem "Joy to the World"

The Christmas anthem "Joy to the World" works beautifully for solo fingerstyle guitar. Learn to play the intro with the help of this excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.

Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Experiment with Tempo In This Excerpt from “Silent Night”

When playing through the second ending in this excerpt from “Silent Night” arranged for fingerstyle guitar, feel free to experiment with tempo, adding pauses where you see (or hear) fit.

Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Play a Bluegrass Lick in C with ArtistWorks Instructor Bryan Sutton

Flatpicker Bryan Sutton shares one of many etudes he uses to help his students get comfortable with soloing on the acoustic guitar.

Video. Advice. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Traditional Song “Down by the Riverside"

Look out for the inclusion of a very useful single-string “pinch” technique in measures 3, 8, and 11 of this excerpt from Gospel Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.

Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


Use the Flat VI Chord in Your Blues Rock Songs

Note that in this excerpt, you’re playing all rock-style power chords, which have no thirds so are not explicitly major or minor.

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

Learn to Play the Classic Blues Song "Oh Daddy"

This excerpt from Arranging Folk and Blues Songs focuses on thumb rolls and how they can help “fatten up” the sound of the solo guitar.

Video. Songs. Blues. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Swingin' Blues Soloing with Arpeggios

Arpeggios add a coherent sound to your soloing. This excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics looks at a few arpeggio-based licks.

Video. Lessons. Blues. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Play the Melody to "Queen of the Earth, Child of the Stars"

This tune from Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs can be played with a measured tempo, as a slow march, or, with a less-regular beat.

Video. Songs. Flatpicking. Folk. Intermediate.

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Up-the-Neck Octave Exercises

Get ready to stretch. These up-the-neck octave exercises from the Weekly Workout series will help you learn the fingerboard.

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

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Move Up the Fingerboard with Ascending Seventh-Chord Arpeggios

Pace yourself and expect some careful shifting as you play through the measures in this excerpt from the Weekly Workout series.

Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Intermediate.

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Play Banjo Roll–Inspired Patterns in Acoustic Rock

This excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials shows you how to use open strings and nondiatonic notes to create unique sounds and great tension in your playing.

Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Irish Folk Song "The Lassie Who Had the Land"

This arrangement of “The Lassie Who had the Land” was inspired by an unforgettable performance by Bridget Tunney – a singer from the North West of Ireland.

Video. Songs. Folk. Intermediate.

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Laid-Back Modern Rock Groove

Learn to play this laid-back groove with a 16th-note swing feel.

Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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