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Call and response is one of the fundamental concepts of blues soloing. Learn more and see it at work in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Lead and Melody Basics.
Audio. Lessons. Blues. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.
Before Doc Watson made “Black Mountain Rag” a unique guitar piece, it was an equally unique fiddle tune. Play through today’s excerpt from an arrangement by Grammy-nominated guitarist Scott Nygaard.
Audio. Songs. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Intermediate.
Try mixing upstrokes and downstrokes to achieve speed in your flatpicking. Learn more and put the advice into practice with the examples in today’s excerpt from Flatpicking Guitar Basics.
Audio. . Flatpicking. Beginner.
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.
“St. Anne’s Reel” is a flatpicker’s favorite, thought to be of French-Canadian origin. Play through the first nine bars in today’s excerpt from Fiddle Tune Essentials.
Video. Songs. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.
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!
Playing effective rhythm is more than simply learning how to strum along with a beat—it involves finding the unique groove that fits each song best, whether that’s integrating strummed passages with bass notes, palm muting, syncopation, accents, or other techniques. In this feature, we take a look at seven popular strummed rock rhythm patterns that you can use or adapt for your own songs.
Add these traditional blues, folk, and Celtic songs to your repertoire.
Whether you are just starting to explore melodies on the guitar or a seasoned jammer, these seven lessons will give you new ideas about what to do when it’s time to take a solo.