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How to Go From Standard to Open-G Tuning


Many of the great blues guitarists used open tunings. Learn how to get into open-G from standard tuning with the help of this excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Play the Classic Blues Song "The Dardanella Blues"


“The Dardanella Blues” comments on the original, highly popular 1919 song “Dardanella.” Play the first 10 measures with today’s excerpt from Arranging Folk and Blues Songs.


Video. Songs. Blues. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Play the Classic Blues Tune "Way Out on the Desert"


Enjoy the bluesy phrases and seventh chords in Roosevelt T. Williams’ rocking stomp “Way Out on the Desert” – arranged here for fingerstyle guitar.


Audio. Songs. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Early Intermediate.

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Do the Mandolin Boogie


Play through the example in today’s excerpt from Roots and Blues Mandolin and discover how effective the mandolin can be as a rhythm instrument.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Folk. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Quarter-Tone Slides


If a one-fret distance is called a half tone, a quarter tone is half that distance. Learn how to play one in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics.


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

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Learn to Play the Blues Classic "Careless Love"


Today’s excerpt from Arranging Folk and Blues Songs invites you to play a bluesy ballad interpretation of “Careless Love” – a classic tune from the early-20th-century New Orleans jazz songbook.


Video. . Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Walkin' the Basses


One of the most common devices in the blues guitar repertoire is walking the bass line. Learn more in today’s excerpt from the Fingerstyle Blues Songbook.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

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Learn the Jazz Classic "T'ain't Nobody's Business if I Do"


Billie Holiday did one of the definitive versions of the eight-bar blues song, “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I do.” Today’s excerpt reveals some handy tricks to playing it well.


Audio. Songs. Blues. Jazz. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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I Ain't Got Nobody


See today’s excerpt for the first eight bars of “I Ain’t Got Nobody”—a song that is instantly recognizable thanks to Louis Prima’s hit 1956 medley with “Just a Gigolo.”


Audio. Songs. Blues. Jazz. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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The Art of the Blues Turnaround


Today’s excerpt from Country Blues Guitar Basics will teach you how to harmonize a basic musical figure with other notes to create some versatile blues turnarounds.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Beginner.

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This Excerpt from "Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics" Will Show You How to Play the Backbone of Blues, the Shuffle.


The backbone of blues is the shuffle. Here’s how to do it! 


Video. Lessons. Blues. Early Intermediate.

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Play a Ragtime Blues Thumb Roll


A thumb roll in the bass before the downbeat of the measure gives your groove some bounce. Learn how to play one with today’s excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics.


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

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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.

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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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Real-World Rigs: Jackie Greene


Blues/rock guitarist Jackie Greene demonstrates his onstage acoustic setup.


Video. Advice. Blues. Recording. Rock.

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Festival Report: MerleFest 2015


Acoustic Guitar Senior Editor Marc Greilsamer shares his highlights from this year's MerleFest; Bryan Sutton, the Kruger Brothers, Peter Rowan, the Avett Brothers, Robert Earl Keen, and Dwight Yoakam are just some of the fantastic acts that performed this year. Each daily report also features an up and coming 'Keep and Eye on' artist.


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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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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.


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