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Using Slurs in Fiddle Tunes

Slurs can throw off your pick direction in a fiddle tune. Learn how to use them correctly with the help of this excerpt from Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.

Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Play "Careless Love" on Mandolin

This eight-bar excerpt comes from Roots and Blues Mandolin and is played mostly with double-stops on low and high string pairs in closed positions.

Audio. Songs. Blues. Flatpicking. Folk. Intermediate.

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Play the Traditional Song "Down in the Willow Garden"

Learn about the origins of "Down in the Willow Garden" and get playing tips in today’s excerpt from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher.

Video. Songs. Flatpicking. Folk. Early Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Fiddle Tune "St. Anne's Reel" on Guitar

Play through the first nine bars of this flatpicker’s favorite with today’s excerpt from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

Video. Songs. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Flatpick the Fiddle Tune “Blackberry Blossom”

Play the first eight bars from this popular bluegrass and old-time tune. 

Video. Songs. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Use the Alternating Bass Technique in 3/4 Time

Today’s excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics explains the adjustments that need to be made to the bass/strum pattern of 4/4 time in order to accommodate a tune in 3/4 time.

Video. Lessons. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Flatpicking. Beginner.

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The Art of Solo Flatpicking

Today’s excerpt from Bluegrass Guitar Essentials explains how a dropped-D tuning can help give you a full bass sound that will allow you to accompany yourself.

Audio. Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Flatpick the Fiddle Tune "Forked Deer"

Dan Crary described “Forked Deer” as “one of the great, majestic fiddle tunes.” Play through the first eight measures in today’s excerpt from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

Video. Songs. Flatpicking. Folk. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Texas Fiddle Favorite "Beaumont Rag"

Doc Watson and Clarence White made the fiddle tune “Beaumont Rag” famous as a guitar tune. Try the first 16 bars in this excerpt.

Video. Songs. Flatpicking. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Bluegrass Bass Runs

Embellish the standard boom-chuck rhythm pattern with some well-placed bass runs.

Audio. Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Play the Fiddle Tune "Angeline the Baker" on Guitar

The fiddle tune "Angeline the Baker" is an old-time and bluegrass staple. Learn to play the first eight measures with this excerpt from Fiddle Tune Essentials.

Video. Songs. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Folk. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Use Call-and-Response in Your Blues Leads

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.

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Learn to Play the Fiddle Tune "Black Mountain Rag" on Guitar

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.

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Learn Two Flatpicking Techniques

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.

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Play the Classic Fiddle Tune "Arkansas Traveler"

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.

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Learn to Play the Fiddle Tune "St. Anne's Reel" on Guitar

“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.

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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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7 Great Rock Strumming Patterns

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. 


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Learn Traditional Songs

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

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The Blues Scale and Simple Lead Licks

Take the Lead

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. 

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