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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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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.

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.

Timbre and Dynamics

Change Timbre by Adjusting Picking-Hand Position

A gradual change in timbre can give any phrase a sense of movement. You can hear that movement in today’s examples from the Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.

Video. . Fingerstyle. Advanced.

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Real-World Rigs: Laurence Juber

Fingerstyle guitarist Laurence Juber demonstrates his onstage setup.

Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Recording.

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Combine Cross-String Passages and Fretting-Hand Position Shifts

With today's excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method, learn why it’s helpful to begin a position change with an open string.

Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Advanced.

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Cross-String Picking Basics

Cross-string picking is when open and fretted strings are combined to play ascending/descending intervals on nonsequential strings. See the examples in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Method.

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

Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials

Frailing in Alternate Tunings

Use your guitar to reproduce that old-time banjo sound. This easy exercise will get you started with frailing.

Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Early 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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Learn Traditional Songs

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

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Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

This week, we’re exploring fingerpicking patterns that have fueled some of the biggest hits in rock music. Listen to iconic songs like the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” Cat Stevens’s “Moonshadow,” or Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” and you’ll hear they’re all driven by distinctive fingerpicking patterns. These patterns fit their songs perfectly, but they each take different approaches; from the flowing arpeggio patterns heard in “House of the Rising Sun” to the alternating-bass fingerpicking heard in “Dear Prudence.” Let’s check them out!  

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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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