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Learn to Play the Traditional Song “Down by the Riverside"


Look out for the inclusion of a very useful single-string “pinch” technique in measures 3, 8, and 11 of this excerpt from Gospel Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Play Gaspar Sanz's Baroque Guitar Piece "Canarios"


“Canarios” is based upon a popular dance form from the Spanish Baroque and alternates between a 6/8 and 3/4 time feel.


Video. Songs. Classical. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Emulate the Piano Using Guide Tone Voicings


When playing through the examples in today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials, the trick is to keep the half-note guide tones sustaining while playing the eighth-note lines on top.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Advanced. Intermediate.

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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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Play a Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"


Today’s excerpt from Gospel Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar invites you to play a classic hymn of praise that has a beautifully sweet melody.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Folk. Advanced. Intermediate.

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How to Pick the Right Key for Your Arrangement


When choosing the right key for your arrangement, think about the tune’s harmony and how active its melody is.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Technique and Theory. Intermediate.

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Learn a Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Go Tell It on the Mountain"


Play “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” arranged here as an alternating-thumb piece with a bluesy feel.


Video. Songs. Fingerstyle. Folk. Intermediate.

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Learn How to Play Natural Harmonics


Alex de Grassi teaches you how to find and play natural harmonics.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early 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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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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