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Most Recent Acoustic Tutorials
Acoustic Strumming Step-by-Step, Level 1
Let's start with the basics of strumming, and then teach you to strum in a variety of keys, tempos, and time signatures. Along the way, you'll learn to play 10 songs! A solid...
In this lesson, Caren Armstrong will teach you "Amazing Grace". Caren will first show you the three chords in the song, then how to place your fingers to play them. Then you'll...
In this technique tutorial, Caren Armstrong will get you focused on your strumming. Caren will start by look the right hand with basic 1/8th notes, then she'll spice it up in the...
Strumming is essential to playing the guitar, and in this tutorial Anders Mouridsen will teach you some basic techniques and patterns to give you a solid strumming foundation....
In these six lessons, I will introduce you to the concept of two-note chords. Then I will show you a small example song, so you can see how they can be used in a musical context.
Boom Chick Blues II
In this second tutorial in my Boom Chick Blues series, we will build upon what we learned in the previous tutorial and take it to the next level. We will add a few licks to the...
Boom Chick Blues
In this series of lessons I will teach you a nice way to play unaccompanied blues on just the acoustic guitar. I will show you what to play over the I chord, the IV chord and the...
Dance of the Little Swans
In these six lessons, I will guide you through a small section of The Swan Lake ballet, adapted for guitar. We will play it in the key of Am to make the fingerings easier. First...
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We Three Kings, 2 Ways! (Fingerstyle Acoustic)
Learn to play a fingerstyle version of this traditional Christmas Carol, using a fingerpicking pattern in 3/4 time that you could sing with. And if you're a more advanced player,...
Campfire Chords With Character
In this style tutorial, Dale Turner will teach you some ways that you can spice up your common "campfire" style chords. You'll learn how to create chords like add2/sus2,...
John Prine Style Artist Study
In this artist study Mick Leonardi will teach you several guitar techniques in the John Prine style, used to support the storytelling in his songwriting. First we'll look at...
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Restring & Tune Your Acoustic Guitar
Every guitar player should have a working knowledge of how to change his/her guitar strings. What happens if you break a string on a gig? You should know how to put on a new...
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In this tutorial I'll show you how much cool stuff you can do with harmonics on the acoustic guitar. We're gonna break down the open harmonics and how to use them to play scales,...
Take a close up look at the 12-string acoustic guitar. Find out why and how it makes such a rich harp-like sound, and how you can adapt your 6-string skills to a 12-string guitar...
Country-Blues Fingerstyle Guitar
In this tutorial I'll introduce you to a really cool style of guitar playing that most people refer to as "Country-Blues Fingerstyle" or "Ragtime Guitar". Old school players...
Boom Chick Fingerpicking
I will start by introducing you to boom chick fingerpicking, and in the four lessons that follow, I will teach you a little song I wrote just for this tutorial. We will start with...
The Butterfly: Irish Jig in 9/8 time, DADGAD
Learn this haunting Celtic tune, played in 9/8 time and DADGAD tuning. Legend has it, this tune is too beautiful and mysterious to have been written by human hands. Its...
Acoustic Fingerstyle Christmas Songs
5 traditional Christmas songs are presented with fingerstyle arrangements. Each song has an arrangement to accompany singing, and also an instrumental melody solo.
Often we play chord progressions that are predictable and boring. Inversions are a way to break up the old sound of over used chord progressions and to add a new interesting...
Stringband Guitar: O Brother, This is Fun!
Learn how to play basic Stringband guitar in the 4 most popular keys. The acoustic guitar has a specific and important role to play in traditional Stringband music. It's a lot of...
Using Open Strings to Color Chords or Scales
In this set of lessons, we're going to take a look at various ways to use open strings to color chords or scales.
Blues/Folk Style Fingerpicking
This style is inspired by acoustic blues/folk artists such as Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, and Brownie McGhee, and was also used by 60's folk players.
Fingerpicking Instrumental: Rainy Spring Day
This instrumental song project uses a single fingerpicking pattern, and some chord variations There are no other fancy moves, which makes this a great piece for the Advanced...
Acoustic Fingerpicking 9: Learn the Theme Song!
This tutorial is the graduation ceremony for Acoustic Fingerpicking, Levels 1-8. Learning to play this tune will draw on skills you have learned in the previous levels, and give...