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Effective Practice For Adults

Not progressing as fast as you’d like on guitar? It’s quite possible that you are your own worst enemy when it comes to practicing.

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Meet Guild's New Small-Body Guitar

Introducing the all new M-140 from Guild Guitars. In this video, Guild artist Shane Alexander demonstrates the M-140’s distinctive voice, excellent balance and a delicate tone. 

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2015 Guitar Maker Directory

A guitar player’s guide to individual luthiers, mid-size shops, large-scale manufacturers, specialist sources, and everything in between. 


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Check out Phil Keaggy's Capo Technique and Looping in this Video by Elixir® Strings

Ever wonder what the one and only Phil Keaggy does between takes during a video? He just plays the guitar. He loves capos. If one is good, two are better! Check out his playing, capo technique and looping in this video by Elixir®Strings.

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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.


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.

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Effortless Chord Changes

A quick tip on changing chords quickly using “aim targeted movement”. Become a member of JamPlay for a full step-by-step beginner course from David Isaacs.

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Grammy and GMA Dove award winner, Chris Tomlin talks about songwriting, performing and why he plays Elixir® Strings.

Grammy and GMA Dove award winner, Chris Tomlin talks about songwriting, performing and why he plays Elixir® Strings.

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What Kinds of Guitars Did the Early Bluesmen Play?

In this excerpt from Inside Blues Guitar Steve James offers a little history on the guitars used by Skip James, Son House, Robert Johnson and more.

Advice. Blues.


Make the Most from Your Music

For songwriters, there’s big money to be made in the world of music publishing — but it remains one of the least understood aspects of the music industry. 



Bourgeois Introduces Aged Tone Fully Torrefied Guitars

When Bourgeois introduced the Aged Tone™ guitar series a few years ago, the acoustic world was quick to take note the virtues of torrefied top wood, and the vintage sound and appearance it gave our guitars.

Advice. Guitar Care.

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Learn a Blues Turnaround in 2 Minutes (Plus a Special Discount on JamPlay)

Join Jamplay and learn virtually any style you want on acoustic guitar! Browse all our acoustic guitar courses here:

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Breedlove Celebrates Spring with the Oregon Series

Breedlove Celebrates Spring with the Oregon Series

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Pete Huttlinger Tells the Story Behind his Most Recent Record (and Performs the Title Track)

Emmy-nominated and National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, Pete Huttlinger, tells the story behind his most recent record, and plays the title track, McGuire’s Landing.

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Mining Tradition: A Songwriting Tip from Pete Seeger (via Woody Guthrie)

Read a tip from 21 Songwriting Tips from the Masters, a guide in our Songwriting Basics for Guitarists series.

Advice. Songwriting.

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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.

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Why Nashville Guitarist and Songwriter Jeff Hyde Uses Elixir Strings

Nashville based guitarist and songwriter, Jeff Hyde, has written songs for such artists as Charlie Worsham, Easton Corbin, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Bobby Bare, Lee Brice, Jerrod Neimann and Eric Church, who he has recorded and toured with for the past nine years. 

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Meet the Córdoba Mini!

Check out the world’s first miniature nylon-string guitar!

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Tips for Flying with Your Guitar: You’ve Got Rights, and So Does Your instrument!

You’ve probably heard horror stories about expensive guitars being destroyed by air travel — maybe via careless baggage handlers, rapid humidity changes during flight, or something completely unexpected. In this guide, you’ll find some quick tips to help you minimize the chances of becoming another victim of guitar mistreatment. Inside, you will learn about:


Tips for Being a Pro Guitarist with Tom Strahle and ELIXIR Strings

Go behind the scenes with session guitarist Tom Strahle. He shares some stories from the recording studio and offers some advice for developing guitar pros

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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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