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Lessons: Acoustic

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Acoustic Adventures: Harmonic Visions

March 12, 2016
There are sparkling, harp-like notes lurking just above your fretboard that can add a magical touch to any composition. We’ll show you where they are and how to coax them out.
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10 Commandments of Bluegrass Guitar

November 21, 2015
Essential tips for nailing that “high, lonesome” sound.
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Acoustic Adventures: A Twist on the Traditional

September 12, 2015
A quick look at how to work vintage blues/rock and psychedelia into acoustic riffs.
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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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Acoustic Adventures: Leo Kottke's Invisible Thumb

March 15, 2014
Discover the secrets of fingerstyle master Leo Kottke.
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Rhythm Rules: Syncopated 16th-Note Rhythms

August 17, 2013

Stay in the pocket! Learn how 16th-note rhythms work in funk, rock, and acoustic music.


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Style Guide: Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz

April 8, 2013
Uncover the secrets behind Django''s style by learning about three- and four-note voicings, blazing arpeggios, and some cool diminished-sounding tricks.
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Acoustic Adventures: Rhythm of the Heart - Tackling the Bridge in “Rhythm” Changes

December 18, 2012
Work on your internal timing with Pete Huttlinger''s arrangement of "I''ve Got Rhythm."
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Fingerstyle Boot Camp: “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” Arrangement

December 11, 2012
Learn this 16th-century French Christmas carol, in dropped D-plus-G tuning.
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Acoustic Adventures: The Small Stuff - Playing Two Parts at Once

October 8, 2012
“The Small Stuff ” contains several compositional elements that really make a solo guitar piece—a good groove, nice melody, and a solid bass line with clear separation from the melody.
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Secrets of a Classical Cat: The Four Right-Hand Commandments

September 5, 2012
Develop speed, sound, and nuance in your fingerstyle playing by exploring the “secrets” of classical guitar technique—beginning with a great right-hand setup.
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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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Martin Style Types

February 10, 2012
Style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles.
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Style Guide: Acoustic Blues Guitar

February 7, 2012
Today we’ll look at three types of bass lines that help define the sound of three sub-styles of fingerstyle blues: monotone bass, alternating bass, and boogie-woogie bass.
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Fretboard Workshop: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

January 10, 2012
I had been in the hospital for nearly four months with a heart condition. Two of those months I just laid flat in bed. So when I got back home and started to play again, I tried to pick up where I had left off. Wrong!
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2011 in Review

November 15, 2011
As projected, the 2011 market became even more aligned with players, rather than collectors, and certainly not investors.
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Acoustic Adventures: The Fingerpicking Engine

October 18, 2011
If you find yourself among the players who still lack a system for fingerpicking that prevents you from producing these sounds, perhaps your “fingerpicking engine” needs a tune-up.
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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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Piedmont Blues: Capture a Ragtime Sound With This Fingerstyle Piece in Drop D Tuning

December 21, 2010
Capture a Ragtime Sound With This Fingerstyle Piece in Drop D Tuning
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