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Center Stage Guitar Academy Presents “How to Make Your Chords Sound Country”

Bryan Billhimer teaches you how to use simple hammer-ons and pull-offs to give your chords an authentic country sound.

Video. Advice. Country. Technique and Theory.

VIDEO: Singer-Songwriter Scott Law Releases New LP 'Black Mountain'

Singer-songwriter and flatpicker Scott Law self-releases his latest album.

Video. News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Flatpicking.

Remembering Duane Allman on His 67th Birthday

The legendary guitarist would have been 67 today.

Video. News. Blues. Country. Folk. Rock.

Loretta Lynn Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

In a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, Loretta Lynn was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor. 

Video. Songs. Country.

VIDEO: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Acoustic Tour Rolls On

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are in the midst of an acoustic tour of the U.S. and Canada. 

Video. Songs. Country.


'Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana' Documentary to Premiere Nov. 22 on PBS

The documentary will be featured as part of the 2013 PBS Arts Fall Festival.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Flatpicking. Folk.

LISTEN: Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones Reveal New Track from Upcoming Album 'Foreverly'

The unlikely duo celebrates their shared love of the Everly Brothers.

Video. News. Country. Flatpicking. Rock.

EXCLUSIVE: David Lowery Breaks Out the Bantar for Acoustic Version of Cracker's 'Down the Coast'

Cracker has released an acoustic version of their song "Down the Coast" that features David Lowery on bantar, a six string hybrid guitar and banjo. 

Video. Songs. Country.

Kacey Musgraves Wins New Artist of the Year at 2013 CMAs

The country artist took home the New Artist of the Year award and performed "Follow Your Arrow."

Video. News. Country. Songwriting.

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L.R. Baggs Presents Country & Bluegrass Legend, Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs on his relationship with music and why the Lyric™ Acoustic Microphone by L.R. Baggs works for him.

Video. Advice. Bluegrass. Country.

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Learn Maybelle Carter's Bass Note Technique

This excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics will help you discover the flexibility you need to begin working melodic lines into the otherwise-basic chord progressions in the Carter Family repertoire.

Video. Lessons. Country. Beginner.

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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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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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Two Essential Elements of Carter-Style Guitar

A root bass note and a first-position chord are the two essential elements of Carter-style guitar playing. Practice both with the examples in today’s excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics.

Video. Lessons. Country. Folk. Beginner.

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Learn the Boom-Chuck Rhythm

Learn the rhythm at the heart of countless folk and country songs. 

Audio. Lessons. Country. Folk. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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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 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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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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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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