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Keeping Swing Time with a Metronome

Learn how to practice jazz rhythms with a metronome. 

Video. Lessons. Jazz. Early Intermediate.

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Learn the Jazz Classic "T'ain't Nobody's Business if I Do"

Billie Holiday did one of the definitive versions of the eight-bar blues song, “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I do.” Today’s excerpt reveals some handy tricks to playing it well.

Audio. Songs. Blues. Jazz. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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I Ain't Got Nobody

See today’s excerpt for the first eight bars of “I Ain’t Got Nobody”—a song that is instantly recognizable thanks to Louis Prima’s hit 1956 medley with “Just a Gigolo.”

Audio. Songs. Blues. Jazz. 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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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.

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Build Lines around Familiar Chord Shapes

When improvising, you can use single-note lines to outline the harmony of a song. Use today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials to work on improvising through a progression.

Video. Lessons. Jazz. Technique and Theory. Advanced.

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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!


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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