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Using Augmented Arpeggios
Jeff Gunn plays percussive acoustic guitar.
5 Ways to Master Artificial Harmonics

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.

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Lesson: 4 Easy Steps to Getting the Best Natural Harmonics on Acoustic Guitar

The beauty of the acoustic guitar is elevated by natural harmonics, which result from delicately touching an open string or strings at a given point. Transcending musical genres, these chime-like sounds feature prominently in everything from Led Zeppelin’s “Black Mountain Side” intro to Antoine Dufour’s solo guitar interpretation of Coldplay’s…

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Playing Tambor

In this excerpt from Alex de Grassi Fingertstyle Guitar Method, Alex de Grassi talks about the percussive qualities that a guitar’s body has and how to achieve those sounds. The terms tambor (meaning “drum” in Spanish, tambora in Italian) and golpe (strike) have been used for some time as directions…

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Video Lesson: Express Yourself Through Slurs, Bends, and Vibrato

One of the best ways to add an expressive character to your playing is through the use of slurs (slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs), bends, and vibrato. So much of the vocal quality guitar players like to emulate comes from the fret-hand manipulation of the strings. In this lesson, you’ll take the A minor pentatonic scale and use it to create musical phrases that allow you to manipulate the strings using these various techniques.

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Acoustic guitarist Peppino D'Agostino

Peppino D’Agostino Talks About his Percussive Techniques, Unusual Alternate Tunings, and the Importance of Melody

Peppino D’Agostino’s approach to guitar incorporates the entire range of modern fingerstyle techniques—from exotic alternate tunings to percussion and two-handed tapping—creating multidimensional layers of sound that often seem impossible to execute on one guitar. But it’s his lyrical, romantic melodies, tinged with slightly exotic harmonies and delivered with a combination of emotion and fiery energy, that catch listeners’ ears and draw them in.