Acoustic

Mother Maybelle Carter was an innovator who reinvented rhythm guitar—here's how she did it.

Intermediate to Advanced

Beginner

  • Learn how to strum chords and pick melodies at the same time.
  • Combine the various elements to create your own songs and arrangements.
  • Explore guitar-friendly keys using open strings.
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Strum chords and pick melodies at the same time! While Carter-style picking is most closely associated with country legend Maybelle Carter, the technique, and variations thereof, can be heard in the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and even progressive pioneers Yes.

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A step-by-step guide to unlocking some of John Mayer's signature acoustic guitar techniques.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Learn to add percussive drum-like sounds to your playing.
  • Combine folk and modern fingerstyle techniques together for a full-band sound.
  • Blend classic rhythm and blues guitar styles with pop sensibilities.
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John Mayer's acoustic guitar techniques have wowed audiences ever since he first arrived on the music scene. From his unshakeable groove and tough chord stretches to the unique combinations of techniques in his strumming hand, Mayer has challenged the guitar community with a whole new vocabulary for rhythm guitar.

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Learn to craft workable arrangements on the fly with these simple patterns.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Understand the elements that go into a fingerstyle arrangement.
  • Develop your forward and backward banjo rolls.
  • Create space for vocalists as well as other instrumentalists.
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It's great to have polished songs memorized note-for-note and stored neatly in your gigging repertoire, but there's probably just as much value to being able to fly by the seat of your pants and pull an arrangement out of thin air. Knowing the building blocks of fingerstyle guitar is a great way to accomplish this.

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