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Learn a Solo-Guitar Arrangement of “Silent Night”


Round off Christmas Day with a rendition of the enduring holiday classic “Silent Night,” arranged here in the key of A major.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Add "O Holy Night" to Your Christmas Carol Repertoire


Learn to play one of the most beloved Christmas carols. Today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar presents an arrangement of “O Holy Night” that features a low, cello-inspired tuning.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play "Auld Lang Syne" for New Year's Eve


Today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar challenges you to create the effect of a congregation of people singing together. Try it with these measures from "Auld Lang Syne."


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play a Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Deck the Halls"


Enjoy the Celtic-sounding drone in this arrangement of "Deck the Halls," set in standard tuning in the key of E major and taken from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Learn the Hammer-On Technique from a Fingerstyle Master


Hammer-ons can be used to create a more fluid phrasing of a musical line. Today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method demonstrates how to play them.


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

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Play the Holiday Classic "Jingle Bells"


Today’s excerpt from Holiday Classics for Fingerstyle Guitar includes the first eight measures of that festive favorite “Jingle Bells,” arranged in dropped-D tuning and a jubilant Chet Atkins/Jerry Reed style.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

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Play the Spanish Classical Song "Guardame Las Vacas"


Today’s excerpt from Spanish Repertoire for Classical Guitar includes the first eight measures of “Guardame las Vacas” – one of the earliest published examples of a variation piece.


Video. Songs. Classical. Fingerstyle. Advanced.

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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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Partial Barre Chords Basics


Partial barres make it possible to combine fretted and open strings. Learn how they’re formed in today's excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Open Strings vs. Fretted Notes


Convenience is one reason for choosing an open note over a fretted one. Discover other factors to consider in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate.

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Play the Holiday Tune "The Holly and the Ivy"


Enjoy the elegant melody of this enduring classic. Play the first eight bars of “The Holly and the Ivy” with today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. 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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Translate Piano Voicings to Solo Jazz Guitar


Piano voicings featuring stacked fourths work well for solo guitar. Find out why and see the guitar translations at work in this excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Advanced.

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Create a Three-Dimensional Sound on Fingerstyle Guitar


In music, depth of field is accomplished primarily through “internal dynamics.” Find out more in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Beginner. 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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Play a Syncopated Fingerstyle Rhythm


In today’s excerpt from his Fingerstyle Guitar Method, Alex de Grassi teaches you how to correctly count and play a syncopated variation of a 4/4 rhythm.


Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

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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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