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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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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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Use the Alternating Bass Technique in 3/4 Time


Today’s excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics explains the adjustments that need to be made to the bass/strum pattern of 4/4 time in order to accommodate a tune in 3/4 time.


Video. Lessons. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Flatpicking. Beginner.

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The Art of Solo Flatpicking


Today’s excerpt from Bluegrass Guitar Essentials explains how a dropped-D tuning can help give you a full bass sound that will allow you to accompany yourself.


Audio. Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Traditional Tune "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"


Be sure to maintain the groove and keep the beat when playing today’s excerpt from “Will the Circle Be Unbroken."


Audio. Songs. Bluegrass. Folk. Beginner.

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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.

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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.

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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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30 Great Guitarists Under 30


Young, talented, daring, and even brash, a new generation of guitarists is making its mark and helping to transform the way the instrument is being played around the world. From flatpickers to fingerstylists, classical virtuosos to self-taught YouTube sensations, AG has put together a sampling of 30 of the best new guitarists under the age of 30. If you haven’t heard these exceptional players tackle bluegrass, Bach, or the blues, visit iTunes or YouTube and get ready to be impressed.


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Roadside Americana: 50 States, 50 Must-Attend Events


State to state, America is alive with the sound of acoustic guitars, some of them in jingle-jangle mode, others flatpicking a rustic bluegrass tune, or sliding into a Delta-blues lament, or strumming behind a cowboy poet, or soaking in the swampy vibe of Louisiana bayou country, or maybe playing an intricate Bach rondo.

Put your (unplugged) pedal to the metal and experience roadside Americana for yourself.

Here’s your travel guide—50 states, 50 must-attend events.


Best Acoustic Albums of 2013


As 2013 comes to a close, we here at Acoustic Guitar have been going through all the new music we listened to this year, looking back on the releases we loved. Our editors and contributors were tasked with putting together their Top Five favorite albums of 2013. While it was hard for everyone in the office to limit themselves to only five albums, the lists we got showcased not only the great albums of the year, but also the wide spectrum of expression in the acoustic music world. Whether you like energetic bluegrass, doomy folk, timeless Americana, complex fingerstyle, soulful blues, or anything in-between, you're bound to find some of your favorites on these lists. And you might even discover something new, too!


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Acoustic Guitar Method

Get Started Playing Guitar


Just beginning your journey with the guitar? These lessons from the Acoustic Guitar Method will help you navigate some of the basics like comfortably holding the guitar, easily forming and switching between chords, and spicing up your playing with single-note picking. You’ll also learn a few classic traditional songs to bring the music to life. So pick up your guitar and let’s get started! 


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The Blues Scale and Simple Lead Licks

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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