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Enhancing the Alternating Bass with Passing Tones


Passing tones can add emphasis to chord changes and create a more contoured bass line. See them at work in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Use the Alternating Bass Technique in 3/4 Time


Today’s excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics explains the adjustments that need to be made to the bass/strum pattern of 4/4 time in order to accommodate a tune in 3/4 time.


Video. Lessons. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Flatpicking. Beginner.

Alternate Tunings in Acoustic Rock

Fingerstyle Rock in Dropped-D Tuning


Experiment with dropped-D fingerstyle licks that inspired or fueled big rock hits


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Play McCartney's Fingerpicking Pattern from "Yesterday"


Try this short exercise to get your fingers ready to play the Beatles' hit


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Piano-Ballad Style Fingerpicking Pattern


Move between monotonic bass lines and plucked treble notes for a fingerpicking pattern similar to “Tears in Heaven.” 


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Ten Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns

Monotonic-Bass Patterns


Thumping your thumb on the same bass note gives you a foundation for melody playing and singing 


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Rock. Early Intermediate.

Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics

Finessing the V Chord in Slide Melodies


In this excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics, David Hamburger explains how to use the 12th-fret position to play slide melodies that would work well over the V chord.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

Issue 239

Kelly Joe Phelps Slide Lesson


The fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter demonstrates some of the slide guitar techniques that have reinvigorated his playing.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Intermediate.

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Develop Accuracy and Coordination


Perfect your “finger walking” technique with the help of today’s excerpt from The Beginner’s Guide to Guitar.


Audio. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

Chord and Harmony Basics

Learn to Play Chord Fills


Today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Chord and Harmony Basics shows you how to enhance a basic D-Chord harmony.


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

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Fretting-Hand Muting


Use fretting-hand muting to put a little more of a percussive groove into your playing. Today’s excerpt from Rhythm Guitar Essentials shows you how.


Audio. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

Acoustic Guitar Solo Fingerstyle Basics

Great Classical Exercises


Develop your skills in hand and finger independence, bass lines, intervals, voicings, and more by playing elementary classical guitar exercises. See examples in today’s excerpt from Solo Fingerstyle Guitar Basics.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Fingerstyle. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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The Art of Solo Flatpicking


Today’s excerpt from Bluegrass Guitar Essentials explains how a dropped-D tuning can help give you a full bass sound that will allow you to accompany yourself.


Audio. Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Two Essential Elements of Carter-Style Guitar


A root bass note and a first-position chord are the two essential elements of Carter-style guitar playing. Practice both with the examples in today’s excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics.


Video. Lessons. Country. Folk. Beginner.

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How to Go From Standard to Open-G Tuning


Many of the great blues guitarists used open tunings. Learn how to get into open-G from standard tuning with the help of this excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Guide Tone Voicings


Guide tones are simply the third and seventh notes of a chord (occasionally the third and sixth). Learn more in today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Intermediate.

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Add Scratch Rhythms to Your Acoustic Rock Strum Patterns


Learn how to use your guitar to simulate the sound of a backbeat snare drum with the help of today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Harmonize a Melodic Line with Block Chords


Today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials demonstrates the technique of harmonizing a melodic line with full, dense chord voicings – sometimes referred to as using block chords.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Intermediate.

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Learn the Hammer-On Technique from a Fingerstyle Master


Hammer-ons can be used to create a more fluid phrasing of a musical line. Today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method demonstrates how to play them.


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

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Use Dropped-D Tuning for Alternating Bass Fingerpicking


Find out why dropped-D tuning is a popular tuning for alternating-bass fingerpicking in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials.


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

Roots and Blues Mandolin

Do the Mandolin Boogie


Play through the example in today’s excerpt from Roots and Blues Mandolin and discover how effective the mandolin can be as a rhythm instrument.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Folk. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Partial Barre Chords Basics


Partial barres make it possible to combine fretted and open strings. Learn how they’re formed in today's excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


Audio. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Open Strings vs. Fretted Notes


Convenience is one reason for choosing an open note over a fretted one. Discover other factors to consider in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


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

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Quarter-Tone Slides


If a one-fret distance is called a half tone, a quarter tone is half that distance. Learn how to play one in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Theme and Melodic Variations


Learn how to expand a short melody into a complete composition or arrangement, using variations on “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Early Intermediate.

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