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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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Adding Hammer-Ons to an Alternating Bass Melody


Make an alternating-bass melody clearer by adding some hammer-ons. Play through the examples in today's excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Lead and Melody Basics.


Lessons. Beginner.

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Classic Chord Progressions in Songs by the Beatles


Today's excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials lays out chord progressions commonly heard in songs including The Beatles' "Twist and Shout," "Yes It Is," and "That Boy." Try playing the examples.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate.

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Cross-String Picking Basics


Cross-string picking is when open and fretted strings are combined to play ascending/descending intervals on nonsequential strings. See the examples in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Method.


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

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Use Sus4 Chords in Your Acoustic Rock Compositions


Sus4 chords can be heard in classic songs like Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” and many others. Today’s excerpt shows you how to play them.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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How to Create Chordal Riffs


Deconstruct simple chord shapes and progressions to create classic riffs in the style of Neil Young and the Beatles.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials

Frailing in Alternate Tunings


Use your guitar to reproduce that old-time banjo sound. This easy exercise will get you started with frailing.


Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

Acoustic Guitar Method

Get Started Playing Guitar


Just beginning your journey with the guitar? These lessons from the Acoustic Guitar Method will help you navigate some of the basics like comfortably holding the guitar, easily forming and switching between chords, and spicing up your playing with single-note picking. You’ll also learn a few classic traditional songs to bring the music to life. So pick up your guitar and let’s get started! 


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7 Great Rock Strumming Patterns


Playing effective rhythm is more than simply learning how to strum along with a beat—it involves finding the unique groove that fits each song best, whether that’s integrating strummed passages with bass notes, palm muting, syncopation, accents, or other techniques. In this feature, we take a look at seven popular strummed rock rhythm patterns that you can use or adapt for your own songs. 


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Weekly Workout


These seven excerpts from Acoustic Guitar’s Weekly Workout lessons will provide you with interesting technical exercises that will get your fretting- and picking-hand fingers working in different ways and provide you with musical “studies” that will help you visualize and explore the fingerboard.


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Ukulele Basics


Bitten by the ukulele bug? This series of lessons, songs, and articles is sure to feed your need for all things uke.


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Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns


This week, we’re exploring fingerpicking patterns that have fueled some of the biggest hits in rock music. Listen to iconic songs like the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” Cat Stevens’s “Moonshadow,” or Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” and you’ll hear they’re all driven by distinctive fingerpicking patterns. These patterns fit their songs perfectly, but they each take different approaches; from the flowing arpeggio patterns heard in “House of the Rising Sun” to the alternating-bass fingerpicking heard in “Dear Prudence.” Let’s check them out!  


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Let It Slide


Whether you're just starting out on slide, looking to improve your technique, or interested in adding to your blues repertoire, this series of seven lessons is sure to ignite your interest in slide guitar.


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Country Blues Guitar Basics

Explore the Blues


Everybody loves the blues. Whether you prefer to jam on the blues with a friend or try to master a fingerstyle blues classic by an old master, these seven lessons will give you some new insights into a timeless style.


Video. Audio.

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Play Classical Guitar Now


For guitarists who haven’t devoted years into studying at the local conservatory, developing a classical guitar repertoire can seem like an impossible goal. In this series of articles, we’ll look at techniques and musical pieces accessible to guitarists regardless of skill level and musical background.


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Song Forms

Improving Your Songwriting


Songwriting isn’t just an art—it’s a skill that you can develop through practice and by applying some tried-and-true techniques. From overcoming that dreaded white page to crafting the perfect bridge, this series of articles will help you use your acoustic guitar to write your next—or first—song.


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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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Rhythm Rundown


Developing a good sense of rhythm will pay big dividends when you learn new songs and play with other musicians. This series of articles gives you a solid foundation in common time signatures and advice on how to keep a steady groove in a variety of styles. 


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