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Explore the Fingerboard with Three-Against-Four Rhythms


This excerpt will help you explore the fingerboard and begins by guiding you through some cascading three-note arpeggios in the key of G in open position.


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

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Learn to Play the Traditional Tune "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down"


This excerpt from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher shows you how to play in the key of F.


Video. Songs. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Play "Careless Love" on Mandolin


This eight-bar excerpt comes from Roots and Blues Mandolin and is played mostly with double-stops on low and high string pairs in closed positions.


Audio. Songs. Blues. Flatpicking. Folk. Intermediate.

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Use the Flatted Fifth in Your Blues Scale Licks


Today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials shows you three different ways you can use the flatted fifth in your blues scale licks.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Drop Two Chord Arpeggios


Strengthen your picking and fretting hands with these popular four-note chord voicings.


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

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Weekly Workout: Patterns in Thirds


Break up your scale practice with third-based patterns.


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

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Weekly Workout: Pentatonic Patterns


Create new pentatonic melodic lines by looking at the five-note scale in a different way.


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

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Weekly Workout: Chord Scales


Learn the function of the individual notes in scales by matching scales to the chords in your songs.


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

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Weekly Workout: Three-Against-Four Rhythms


Use the ubiquitous polyrhythm in your fingerboard explorations.


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

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Weekly Workout: Move It On Up


Learn scales and intervals that move up the fingerboard on each individual string.


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

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Weekly Workout: Harmonized Major Scale Licks


Get your fretting-hand fingers moving in new ways and learn your way around the fingerboard.


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

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Emulate the Piano Using Guide Tone Voicings


When playing through the examples in today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials, the trick is to keep the half-note guide tones sustaining while playing the eighth-note lines on top.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Traditional Tune "Duncan and Brady"


In this excerpt from Arranging Folk and Blues Songs, “Duncan and Brady” is arranged in a minor key to emphasize the macabre aspect of this murder story.


Video. Songs. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Intermediate.

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Play a Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"


Today’s excerpt from Gospel Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar invites you to play a classic hymn of praise that has a beautifully sweet melody.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Folk. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Play the Catalan Folk Song "El Testament d'Amelia"


“El Testament d’Amelia” is one of seven Catalan folk songs adapted for guitar by Spanish composer/arranger Miguel Llobet.


Video. Songs. Classical. Advanced. Intermediate.

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How to Pick the Right Key for Your Arrangement


When choosing the right key for your arrangement, think about the tune’s harmony and how active its melody is.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Technique and Theory. Intermediate.

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Learn a Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Go Tell It on the Mountain"


Play “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” arranged here as an alternating-thumb piece with a bluesy feel.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Folk. Intermediate.

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Country Blues Guitar in Open C


Play through two exercises and learn how to get into open-C tuning with the help of today’s excerpt from Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Country. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. 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.

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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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Learn to Play the Traditional Tune “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down”


Today’s excerpt is in the key of A minor. You can use a capo to find a key that works for you when singing along.


Video. . Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play "I Had But 50 Cents"


Today’s excerpt from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher invites you to play the first eight measures of “I Had But 50 Cents.”


Video. Songs. Folk. Intermediate.

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Enhancing the Alternating Bass with Passing Tones


Passing tones can add emphasis to chord changes and create a more contoured bass line. See them at work in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Play the Spanish Classical Miniature “Lágrima”


Study one of classical guitar’s most enduring works from Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega.


Video. Songs. Classical. 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.

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