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Issue 239

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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Emulate the Piano Using Guide Tone Voicings


When playing through the examples in today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials, the trick is to keep the half-note guide tones sustaining while playing the eighth-note lines on top.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Learn Maybelle Carter's Bass Note Technique


This excerpt from Carter-Style Guitar Basics will help you discover the flexibility you need to begin working melodic lines into the otherwise-basic chord progressions in the Carter Family repertoire.


Video. Lessons. Country. Beginner.

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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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Borrow Chords from Related Keys


Learn how to borrow chords from related, parallel keys to create interesting and exciting chord progressions.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate.

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Country Blues Guitar in Open C


Play through two exercises and learn how to get into open-C tuning with the help of today’s excerpt from Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials.


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

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Play Leads with Major Scales


Build any major scale by starting on a pitch and applying the whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half formula when adding notes.


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

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Using Familiar Songs as Songwriting Templates


Try switching the key of a familiar song – a modification that may then inspire ideas for changing the rhythmic feel.


Video. Lessons. Songwriting. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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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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