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Play a Syncopated Fingerstyle Rhythm


In today’s excerpt from his Fingerstyle Guitar Method, Alex de Grassi teaches you how to correctly count and play a syncopated variation of a 4/4 rhythm.


Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Advanced. 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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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 "St. Louis Blues"


“St. Louis Blues” was W.C. Handy’s most recorded and most popular number. Click below to play through an eight-measure excerpt as featured in Arranging Folk and Blues Songs.


Video. Songs. Blues. Folk. Advanced. 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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Exploring Rhythm and Time in Fingerstyle Jazz Songs


Spice up a 4/4 jazz standard by converting it to 3/4. See how, and hear the difference in today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Essentials: Building Arrangements.


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

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Apply Vibrato to Your Arrangements


Use a very slow vibrato to create the effect of pitch modulation. Find out more in today’s excerpt from the Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


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

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Add a Percussive Backbeat to Fingerstyle Arrangements


Use today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials to help you create a snare drum-like sound on your guitar. You’ll never miss your drummer again!


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

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Learn to Play the Fiddle Tune "Black Mountain Rag" on Guitar


Before Doc Watson made “Black Mountain Rag” a unique guitar piece, it was an equally unique fiddle tune. Play through today’s excerpt from an arrangement by Grammy-nominated guitarist Scott Nygaard.


Audio. Songs. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. 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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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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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. 


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Learn Traditional Songs


Add these traditional blues, folk, and Celtic songs to your repertoire.


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Weekly Workout


These seven excerpts from Acoustic Guitar’s Weekly Workout lessons will provide you with interesting technical exercises that will get your fretting- and picking-hand fingers working in different ways and provide you with musical “studies” that will help you visualize and explore the fingerboard.


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Ukulele Basics


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


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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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Explore the Blues


Everybody loves the blues. Whether you prefer to jam on the blues with a friend or try to master a fingerstyle blues classic by an old master, these seven lessons will give you some new insights into a timeless style.


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Play Classical Guitar Now


For guitarists who haven’t devoted years into studying at the local conservatory, developing a classical guitar repertoire can seem like an impossible goal. In this series of articles, we’ll look at techniques and musical pieces accessible to guitarists regardless of skill level and musical background.


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Improving Your Songwriting


Songwriting isn’t just an art—it’s a skill that you can develop through practice and by applying some tried-and-true techniques. From overcoming that dreaded white page to crafting the perfect bridge, this series of articles will help you use your acoustic guitar to write your next—or first—song.


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Take the Lead


Whether you are just starting to explore melodies on the guitar or a seasoned jammer, these seven lessons will give you new ideas about what to do when it’s time to take a solo. 


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Rhythm Rundown


Developing a good sense of rhythm will pay big dividends when you learn new songs and play with other musicians. This series of articles gives you a solid foundation in common time signatures and advice on how to keep a steady groove in a variety of styles. 


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