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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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Enhancing the Alternating Bass with Passing Tones


Passing tones can add emphasis to chord changes and create a more contoured bass line. See them at work in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

Alternate Tunings in Acoustic Rock

Fingerstyle Rock in Dropped-D Tuning


Experiment with dropped-D fingerstyle licks that inspired or fueled big rock hits


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Play McCartney's Fingerpicking Pattern from "Yesterday"


Try this short exercise to get your fingers ready to play the Beatles' hit


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Piano-Ballad Style Fingerpicking Pattern


Move between monotonic bass lines and plucked treble notes for a fingerpicking pattern similar to “Tears in Heaven.” 


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Monotonic-Bass Patterns


Thumping your thumb on the same bass note gives you a foundation for melody playing and singing 


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

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.

Acoustic Guitar Solo Fingerstyle Basics

Great Classical Exercises


Develop your skills in hand and finger independence, bass lines, intervals, voicings, and more by playing elementary classical guitar exercises. See examples in today’s excerpt from Solo Fingerstyle Guitar Basics.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Fingerstyle. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Play the Holiday Classic "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"


Whether it's the holiday season or not, fingerstyle guitar never goes out of fashion. Allow the melody to shine above the chord voicings as you play through today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Intermediate.

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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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Guide Tone Voicings


Guide tones are simply the third and seventh notes of a chord (occasionally the third and sixth). Learn more in today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Intermediate.

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Harmonize a Melodic Line with Block Chords


Today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials demonstrates the technique of harmonizing a melodic line with full, dense chord voicings – sometimes referred to as using block chords.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Popular Christmas Hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful"


Today’s excerpt from Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar includes the first eight measures of "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Learn to play this popular hymn.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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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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