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Lessons. Blues. Flatpicking. Guitar Care. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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Retune For Ringing Harmonies and Elegant Arrangements with Legendary British Guitarist Martin Simpson


Martin Simpson’s creative use of altered tunings brings brilliant harmonic colors, cascading notes and resonant voicings to every song he plays.


Video. Lessons.

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Cordoba's Ben Woods Teaches Basic Flamenco Techniques


Impress your friends by incorporating some flamenco techniques into your next jam session!


Video. Lessons.

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Play Slack Key in Open G with Homespun’s Mike Dowling


Learn to play “Big Island,” Mike Dowling's slack key style tune in open G.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle.

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Want to Learn Guitar? It's All in a Day's Work, Says Marlene Hutchinson...


Think it’ll take you months to learn to play the guitar? Maybe even a year? Think again.


Video. Lessons. Beginner.

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Learn The Rumba Flamenco Strum In 7 Easy Steps with Marcelo Berestorov and JamPlay.com


Master Flamenco guitarist Marcelo Berestovoy teaches you how to play the basic rumba strum pattern in 7 easy steps.


Video. Lessons.

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LESSON: Open String Carter-Style Hammer-Ons


Amp up Carter-style guitar with hammer-on embellishments.


Video. Lessons. Country. Flatpicking. 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.

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Play like the Allman Brothers and Neil Young with Flatted III, VI, and VII Chords


In this example we'll look at a song that uses the I, IV, and V, but we'll try substituting the bVII for the V to give the progression a different feel.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Rock. Songwriting.

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Strengthen Your Fretting Hand


This fretting hand exercise from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials will improve your technique, no matter what style you are playing in.


Video. Lessons. Jazz. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Don Ross from JamPlay.com Teaches Travis Picking


Fingerstyle master Don Ross talks fingerpicking patterns with a focus on Travis Picking.


Video. Lessons. Advanced. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Travis Picking Basics


In this excerpt from The Acoustic Guitar Fingerstyle Method, David Hamburger introduces us to travis picking and explains the steps involved in establishing the bass notes.


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

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Fingerpicking the Blues: The Alternating-Bass Pattern


Get to grips with the alternating-bass pattern by playing through the two examples in this excerpt from Country Blues Guitar Basics.


Lessons. Country. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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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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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.

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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Swingin' Blues Soloing with Arpeggios


Arpeggios add a coherent sound to your soloing. This excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics looks at a few arpeggio-based licks.


Video. Lessons. Blues. 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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Play Banjo Roll–Inspired Patterns in Acoustic Rock


This excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials shows you how to use open strings and nondiatonic notes to create unique sounds and great tension in your playing.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Laid-Back Modern Rock Groove


Learn to play this laid-back groove with a 16th-note swing feel.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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Learn a Classic Two-Bar Rock Rhythm Pattern


This syncopated rhythm has become a staple of classic rock, modern rock, and pop.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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Learn the Bo Diddley Beat


Learn the classic rhythm named for Bo Diddley.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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Play Scratch Rhythms on the Backbeat


Learn how to add a percussive pop to your rhythm patterns.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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