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Build Your Chops with a Harmonized Major Scale Pentatonic Workout


This excerpt from the Weekly Workout guide series will get your fretting-hand fingers moving in new ways and help you learn the fingerboard.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate.

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Use the Flatted Fifth in Your Blues Scale Licks


Today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials shows you three different ways you can use the flatted fifth in your blues scale licks.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Drop Two Chord Arpeggios


Strengthen your picking and fretting hands with these popular four-note chord voicings.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Patterns in Thirds


Break up your scale practice with third-based patterns.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Pentatonic Patterns


Create new pentatonic melodic lines by looking at the five-note scale in a different way.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Chord Scales


Learn the function of the individual notes in scales by matching scales to the chords in your songs.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Three-Against-Four Rhythms


Use the ubiquitous polyrhythm in your fingerboard explorations.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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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.

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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.

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