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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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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.

Roots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar

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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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.

Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics

Finessing the V Chord in Slide Melodies


In this excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics, David Hamburger explains how to use the 12th-fret position to play slide melodies that would work well over the V chord.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

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Learn to Play "Lonesome Weary Blues"


Add to your slide guitar repertoire with an open-D tuning arrangement of "Lonesome Weary Blues" from Fingerstyle Blues Songbook.


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

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Blues/Rock Chord Changes


How to use chords like the flatted VII in your songs.


Sessions. Blues. Rock. Songwriting. Early Intermediate.

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Kelly Joe Phelps Slide Lesson


The fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter demonstrates some of the slide guitar techniques that have reinvigorated his playing.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Intermediate.

Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics

How to Choose a Slide


Looking to get started on slide guitar? One of the first things to consider is what type of slide you want to use. Read more about it in today's excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics.


Video. Advice. Blues. Beginner.

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Learn to Play the Traditional Blues "Lonesome Day"


Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” was one of the influences for Jody Stecher's version of “Lonesome Day” from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher.


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

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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.

Roots and Blues Mandolin

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.

Country Blues Guitar Basics

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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Blues Shuffle Lesson


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.

Roots and Blues Mandolin

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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