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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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The Giuliani Studies


Explore classical guitar master Mauro Giuliani’s legendary picking-hand exercises.


Lessons. Classical. Intermediate.

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The Art of the Classical Arpeggio


Study the classical guitar approach to picking figures across sets of strings with this series of arpeggio exercises.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Beginner.

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Assume the Classical Playing Position


Before you begin learning classical technique, it’s important to learn the proper way to sit and hold the guitar.


Video. Lessons. Classical. Early Intermediate.

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Translate Piano Voicings to Solo Jazz Guitar


Piano voicings featuring stacked fourths work well for solo guitar. Find out why and see the guitar translations at work in this excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Advanced.

Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials

Learn to Play in Dropped-D Tuning


Get into dropped-D tuning, and discover a world of new tonalities and textures. Find out how in today’s excerpt from Alternate Tunings Guitar Essentials.


Lessons. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate.

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Create a Three-Dimensional Sound on Fingerstyle Guitar


In music, depth of field is accomplished primarily through “internal dynamics.” Find out more in today’s excerpt from The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method.


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

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Keeping Swing Time with a Metronome


Learn how to practice jazz rhythms with a metronome. 


Video. Lessons. Jazz. Early Intermediate.

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Walkin' the Basses


One of the most common devices in the blues guitar repertoire is walking the bass line. Learn more in today’s excerpt from the Fingerstyle Blues Songbook.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Fingerstyle. Early Intermediate.

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Bluegrass Bass Runs


Embellish the standard boom-chuck rhythm pattern with some well-placed bass runs.


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

Composing with Chord Substitutions

Using Extended Chords


Need to spice up a simple chord progression? Try using extended chords.


Audio. Lessons. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Intermediate.

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Experiment with Sound


Ever wonder how experienced songwriters tweak songs to make them sound original? Here are a few ways to recast your songs.


Lessons. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

ARB: Chordal Riffs

Using Basic Chord Shapes to Create Riffs


Here’s how to break up easy chords to create cool riffs like you hear in some of rock's most memorable songs.  


Video. Lessons. Rock. Songwriting. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

Songwriting Basics for Guitarists: Start Writing Songs

Rework an Existing Song


Take the first steps toward creating something new and exciting by using a song by one of your favorite artists as a building block.


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

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Learn the Boom-Chuck Rhythm


Learn the rhythm at the heart of countless folk and country songs. 


Audio. Lessons. Country. Folk. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Explore 3/4 Time


Learn 3 great strumming patterns in 3/4 Time


Audio. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

Country Blues Guitar Basics

The Art of the Blues Turnaround


Today’s excerpt from Country Blues Guitar Basics will teach you how to harmonize a basic musical figure with other notes to create some versatile blues turnarounds.


Audio. Lessons. Blues. Beginner.

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Blues Shuffle Lesson


The backbone of blues is the shuffle. Here’s how to do it! 


Video. Lessons. Blues. Early Intermediate.

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Play a Ragtime Blues Thumb Roll


A thumb roll in the bass before the downbeat of the measure gives your groove some bounce. Learn how to play one with today’s excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics.


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

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