Technique and Theory

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Learn How to Navigate the Modulations in Circle-of-Fifths Progressions

This excerpt from Weekly Workout: Full Circle introduces you the concept and explores circle-of-fifths progressions using seventh-chord arpeggios in one position.

Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory.


How to Use Open Strings When Playing in Flat Keys

Because one of the things that makes something “easy” on the guitar is the presence of open strings, let’s take a closer look at a few flat keys and see how many standard-tuning open-string notes can be found in the keys of Bb and Eb.

Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


How to Play Easy, Movable Arpeggios that Work with Any Chord Progression

Most guitarists start playing leads by learning how to play scales, which is a great way to begin, but scales are just one way to play solo lines. Learn more in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Basics.

Video. Lessons. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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How to Combine Fretted Notes with Slide Notes

Mixing up fretted notes and slide notes over an alternating bass sounds great. Learn how to play this classic blues technique with this excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics.

Video. Advice. Blues. Technique and Theory.

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Learn to Play 3 Common Crosspicking Patterns

There have been many crosspickers in flatpicking’s brief history, including Doc Watson, Dan Crary, and Clarence White. This excerpt will teach you to play 3 common crosspicking patterns.

Lessons. Country. Flatpicking. Technique and Theory.

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Jerry's Way: A Look at the Grateful Dead Guitarist’s Acoustic Style

This lesson examines the trademarks of Jerry Garcia’s acoustic approach.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Rock. Technique and Theory.


Why You Should Check out our New Instructional Video Series "The 5-Minute Lesson"

We are thrilled to announce our latest guide series: The 5-Minute Lesson! Get more from your guitar wit this series of brief, insightful videos with tips on warm-up exercises, practicing, gig preparation and other useful topics.

News. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.


New! The Ultimate Guide to Guitar-Related Injury Prevention

Good wrist, hand, and nerve health is not always a priority when it comes to practice time. And yet, if the issue is overlooked for too long, serious problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis could be the result. The good news is that a regular warm-up routine at the beginning of your practice can help prevent the possibility of pain and injury.

Advice. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


How to Make the Most of an Open Mic

Open mics are a great way to get exposure for you and your tunes, but it’s important to be prepared. This except from Make the Most of an Open Mic will get you started on the path to becoming an open mic hero.

Advice. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Beginner.


Strengthen Your Picking and Fretting Hands with "Drop Two Chord Arpeggios"

The latest in our super-popular Weekly Workout series explores drop two chord arpeggios. You'll work through a variety of chord types using diatonic chords of major and melodic minor scales, all the while getting a comprehensive workout for the fretting and picking hands.

Lessons. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


Guitar + Harmonica: How to "Tongue Block"

This excerpt from A Basic Harmonica Lesson for Guitarists teaches you a vital technique called "tongue blocking." It also covers the chord progression used by Neil Young on his popular guitar-and-harp song, “Heart of Gold.”

Advice. Blues. Folk. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.


Paul Simon Speaks Candidly about the Art and Craft of Songwriting

In this excerpt from Rock Troubadors, Paul Simon discusses writing and arranging some of his most famous songs.

Advice. Rock. Technique and Theory.


Perfect Your Pick Technique with our Latest Weekly Workout Download

These simple exercises will help take your picking-hand technique to the next level.

News. Flatpicking. Technique and Theory.

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A Barre Chord Tip From Jim Deeming and JamPlay

Watch an excerpt from Jim Deeming’s JamPlay Crash Course.

Video. Advice. Technique and Theory.


Craig Thatcher Performs + Dick Boak, Kristi Bronico, and Jeff Allen Talk All Things Martin Guitar: NAMM 2015

Watch guitarist and songwriter Craig Thatcher bring out the rich tones of C.F. Martin’s D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition dreadnought guitar.

Video. Sessions. Guitar Care. Technique and Theory.


2 New Weekly Workout Guides Available!

Increase your familiarity with your fingerboard and learn to apply new techniques to blues, jazz, soloing and more.

News. Technique and Theory.


Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Trigger, Willie Nelson's Martin N-20 Acoustic [Video]

Willie Nelson reveals the story behind Trigger in new documentary.

Video. Sessions. Country. Guitar Care. Technique and Theory.

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Maxwell Hughes (former guitarist of the Lumineers) Demos L.R. Baggs' Acoustic DI at NAMM

Lloyd Baggs introduces the new Session Acoustic DI at the Winter 2015 NAMM Show, while Maxwell Hughes demonstrates how it works.

Video. Advice. Guitar Care. Technique and Theory.

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Loop-the-Loop: Create your own Ed Sheeran sound

Ed Sheeran's guitar tech Trevor Dawkins explains the magic behind the pop star's big, glorious sound, both onstage and off.

Advice. Folk. Recording. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces U.S. Sessions

Guitar Workshop Plus, recipient of a 2014 Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award for Instruction, has announced its first-ever U.S.-based workshop for 2015. GWP has chosen San Diego as its newest location, and the inaugural San Diego workshop will be held on June 21-26, 2015 at the campus of California State University, San Marcos.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


Learn Fingerstyle Techniques with Part 2 of Cordoba's "How to Play Fingerstyle Guitar"

Fingerstyle technique is used in almost every genre and style of music, from timeless classical pieces to today's top hits. Instead of strumming chords, pluck individual strings to "decorate" the harmony!

Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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NYC’s Third Annual Guitar Mash Set for November 16

Acoustic-guitar luminaries from across the musical spectrum will be performing at the third annual Guitar Mash benefit show, to be held at New York’s City Winery on November 16. David Bromberg, Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge, Valerie June, and Chilean folk-rock wizard Nano Stern are among the top-notch musicians scheduled to appear.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Jazz. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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Acoustic Groove Tips from Tom Strahle and ELIXIR® Strings

Los Angeles session guitarist, songwriter and teacher, Tom Strahle, talks about the most important thing to know for acoustic guitar players. This is a tip you can really use!

Video. Advice. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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ArtistWorks Instructor Martin Taylor Expands on his Foundation for Fingerstyle Magic

Build mini chord progressions all over the neck with root/10th transition points.

Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.


Learn "The Island Strum" from's Strummin' with Steve Series

Learn reggae rhythm and palm muting technique in this excerpt from's Strummin' with Steve series.

Video. Advice. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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