What are advanced acoustic guitar techniques? Tricky approaches like harp or artificial harmonics, bends, and two-handed tapping are all considered advanced techniques, as are percussive effects and complex strumming patterns. These lessons will help advancing guitarists take their playing to the next level.
Here are some ways to blend different fingerstyle techniques together to add variety and complexity to your guitar playing.
We spend a lot of time trying to find the right notes, or the best words for what we’re trying to say, but how we say something is what helps us leave our mark
Learn to use three-note, three-string triads — you probably already know a lot of these chords, and in this lesson, you’ll find ways to repurpose them.
In this advanced guitar lesson, meet the melodic and harmonic minor scales and then explore the harmonies that can be generated from them.
Let’s take a close look at a common extended chord—containing a note beyond the seventh, the venerable ninth.
In this guitar lesson you'll learn economy picking, which includes alternate and sweep picking styles, as well as legato techniques for your fretting fingers.
Contrapuntal lines are not necessarily intuitive for most guitarists, but the approach is certainly worth the investment and yields dividends equivalent to sonic gold.
Lisa Liu teaches fretboard exercises you can use to play beautiful, dreamlike augmented arpeggios for soloing and composing in any style.
Improve your acoustic guitar tone with these tips and techniques for fretting-hand, flatpicking, and fingerstyle playing for both your right and left hands.
When used as a tool—and not merely a crutch—a capo can offer inspiration and creativity for guitar players of all skill levels.
Take a deep dive into building independence among the fingers of both hands.
Guitarist Jeff Gunn offers a series of exercises designed to get you used to playing harp harmonics, a technique that produces chime-like tones, on acoustic guitar.
This technique involves using a plectrum to play a series of single notes on adjacent strings in a consecutive motion, resulting in a fast, fluid sound.
Learn how each type of harmonic—natural, harp, percussive, and pinch—is produced and how it can be used to add textural interest to your guitar playing.
Try these picking and exercises to improve your picking technique and precision and make your notes sustain and vibrate.
Lines based on thirds present great material for picking- and fretting-hand exercises, and also provide a solid foundation for melodic ideas and solos.
If you watch the hands of guitarists who play with enviable speed and fluidity, you may notice how little effort they seem to exert. Their finger movements are relaxed and minimal, considering the amount of music they are generating. What they’re playing is surely not easy, but it looks that way. So how does a guitarist achieve that state of grace?
If you'd like to strengthen your knowledge of the fretboard, try viewing it through a handful of different perspectives.
Chord shapes are great tools for expanding the range and flexibility of your guitar solos—in any style. They can help you get your bearings up and down the neck and find phrases and riffs that truly lock in with a song’s chord changes.
Try these exercises to make your melodies more harmonic and your harmonies more melodic.
Just as you would do pushups for upper-body strength or crunches to work on your core, the best way to improve pinky strength is to train it.
Enhance your rhythm playing by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs to chords—an essential technique used in all styles on the acoustic guitar.
Here you'll learn some harmonica basics that will help you blow harp while you keep your guitar chords pulsing.
Solos don’t have to be fast or fancy to be effective!
If you’re drawn to the creative possibilities of alternate tunings but don’t want to completely lose your bearings on the fingerboard, a partial capo may be just the ticket.