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10 Commandments of Bluegrass Guitar

November 21, 2015
Essential tips for nailing that “high, lonesome” sound.
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Jon Stickley Trio: “Darth Radar” Song Premiere

October 7, 2015
An acoustic power trio that’s influenced as much by Tony Rice as they are by deadmau5.
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The Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge and Chris Thile: Classically Blue(grass)

February 13, 2015
The progressive acoustic outfit teams up with a legendary producer to create the band’s most wildly interesting album yet, The Phosphorescent Blues.
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Pluck ’Em! A Crash Course in Country Guitar

September 20, 2014
Grab a Tele and dig into this comprehensive look at the art of twang.
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Twang 101: Chromatic Country Runs

May 29, 2013
Understand everything you need to know about how to use the "country chromatic scale" and create some of the most finger-busting licks this side of Brent Mason.
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Acoustic Adventures: Open for Business

August 10, 2012
No longer relegated to beginner-level melodies or open-position chords, open strings can add sonic spice to your solos and make them come alive.
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Album Review: Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Leaving Eden"

April 6, 2012
The Piedmont multi-instrumentalists may be of a vanishing breed who call and respond to their ancestors, arranging classics like “Briggs’ Corn Shucking Jig,” dating as far back as 1855.
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Acoustic Adventures: Flatpicking Fiddle Tunes - Inside The Cuckoo’s Nest

July 12, 2011
An arrangement of the flatpicking standard, The Cuckoo''s Nest
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Country Guitar Endings: Classic Lines to Bring the Song to a Convincing Close

January 17, 2011
Country tunes can be brought to a close in a number of ways: vamping on the song’s last chord, tossing in an interesting harmonic twist, interjecting one of several classic bluegrass clichés, or unleashing a barn-burning, country-fried double-stop lick.
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Sally Anne: Bluegrass Standard Arranged for Solo Flatpicking Guitar

July 20, 2010
Wayne Henderson''s full arrangement of the Bluegrass Standard Sally Anne
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