Technique and Theory

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Discover a Whole New World of Rhythm and Tone with the Engle


Today’s video from Engler Innovations showcases an “acoustic effect" designed to broaden the sonic boundaries of the interaction between a guitarist and their instrument.


Video. Advice. Technique and Theory.

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The Magic of D A D G A D


Play the three most commonly used chords in the key of D in a new and instantly pleasing way with the help of this excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Best Private Lessons.


Lessons. Technique and Theory.

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ArtistWorks Instructor Martin Taylor Teaches the Foundation of His Fingerstyle Mastery


In this free lesson from the good folks over at ArtistWorks, solo jazz icon Martin Taylor teaches the foundation of his fingerstyle mastery.


Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Technique and Theory.

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Cordoba Guitars Artist Iren Arutyunyan on the Basics of Fingerstyle Technique


Learn how to apply the basics of fingerstyle technique to the Beatles’ song “Blackbird” with the help of this free video lesson from our friends at Cordoba Guitars.


Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory.

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Center Stage Guitar Academy Presents “How to Make Your Chords Sound Country”


Bryan Billhimer teaches you how to use simple hammer-ons and pull-offs to give your chords an authentic country sound.


Video. Advice. Country. Technique and Theory.

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Comping with Walking Bass Lines: Master the Technique with ArtistWorks Instructor Martin Taylor


In this lesson, fingerstyle legend Martin Taylor breaks down the bass and rhythm component of his fluid style.


Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory.

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Minor-Key Basics


This excerpt from Music Basics for Guitarists breaks down the differences between major and minor scales and reveals what it is that gives minor keys that sad sound.


Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Use the Flat VI Chord in Your Blues Rock Songs


Note that in this excerpt, you’re playing all rock-style power chords, which have no thirds so are not explicitly major or minor.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Up-the-Neck Octave Exercises


Get ready to stretch. These up-the-neck octave exercises from the Weekly Workout series will help you learn the fingerboard.


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

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Learn How To Shift Between Chords


Develop your chord shifting skills by changing between G and C chords with the help of this excerpt from Rhythm and Strumming Basics.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Move Up the Fingerboard with Ascending Seventh-Chord Arpeggios


Pace yourself and expect some careful shifting as you play through the measures in this excerpt from the Weekly Workout series.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Intermediate.

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3/4 Time for Beginners


Here’s an exercise to help you hear the rhythm of 3/4  or “waltz” time more easily.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Explore the Fingerboard with Three-Against-Four Rhythms


This excerpt will help you explore the fingerboard and begins by guiding you through some cascading three-note arpeggios in the key of G in open position.


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

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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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Build Your Chops with a Harmonized Major Scale Pentatonic Workout


This excerpt from the Weekly Workout guide series will get your fretting-hand fingers moving in new ways and help you learn the fingerboard.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate.

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Watch an Excerpt from our Instructional Guide: "Drop Two Chord Arpeggios"


Play along to this excerpt from Drop Two Arpeggios, and you'll strengthen your picking and fretting hands.


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

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Improve Your Technique by Practicing “Broken Thirds” Scales


Break up your scale practice with third-based patterns.


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

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Create New Melodic Lines by Looking at the Five-Note Scale in a Different Way


This excerpt from Weekly Workout: Pentatonic Patterns, instructs you to create new pentatonic melodic lines by looking at the five-note scale in a different way.


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

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Weekly Workout: Chord Scales


Learn the function of the individual notes in scales by matching scales to the chords in your songs.


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

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Weekly Workout: Three-Against-Four Rhythms


Use the ubiquitous polyrhythm in your fingerboard explorations.


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

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Weekly Workout: Move It On Up


Learn scales and intervals that move up the fingerboard on each individual string.


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

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Weekly Workout: Harmonized Major Scale Licks


Get your fretting-hand fingers moving in new ways and learn your way around the fingerboard.


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

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Sync Your Picking Hand with a Metronome


Today’s How To includes some single-note exercises to help you get your picking hand synced with the metronome.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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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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Learn How to Play Natural Harmonics


Alex de Grassi teaches you how to find and play natural harmonics.


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

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