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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 Classic Jazz Tune "After You've Gone"


Play this eight-bar excerpt of “After You’ve Gone” (taken from Early Jazz and Swing Songs for Guitar) at a moderate tempo.


Songs. Jazz. Early 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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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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Translate Piano Voicings to Solo Jazz Guitar


Piano voicings featuring stacked fourths work well for solo guitar. Find out why and see the guitar translations at work in this excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Advanced.

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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!


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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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