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Acoustic Guitar magazine July/August 2024 issue cover, featuring Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff

Special Focus: How to Practice

A Simple Plan to Make the Most of Your Guitar Practice Time

Book cover for Dynamic Guitar: More Tools to Go Beyond Strumming
Make chord progressions more distinctive and get outside the box of strumming block chords.
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Stay Loose and Avoid Injury by Developing a Guitar Warm-Up Routine
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12 Ways to Challenge Yourself on Guitar

Editor's Picks

Adam Perlmutter is the editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine and has written hundreds of articles, reviews, and song introductions (as well as expertly engraving and transcribing the music for a comparable number of lessons and compositions.)

It’s impossible to choose favorites, but here are a few lessons he’s worked on recently and suggests you check out.

Get to know Adam and the rest of the team better here.

How to Warm Up Smartly
How to approach narrative solo guitar composition
Learn fretboard exercises to play beautiful, dreamlike augmented arpeggios.
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Molly Tuttle Breaks Down Her Technique

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All Lessons and Songs to Play

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Peggy Seeger on The Child Ballads—Learn ‘O the Wind & Rain’

[Editor’s note] Peggy Seeger is no stranger to folklore. Her father was the famed folklorist Charles Seeger; her mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, was a trailblazing avant-garde composer. Her folk musician brother, Mike Seeger, co-founded the New Lost City Ramblers, one of the most influential groups in the 1960s folk revival.…

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Photograph of fingerstyle guitarist John Doyle.

John Doyle Shows You How to Play Celtic Guitar

I met up with Doyle at a Philadelphia-area house concert where, joined by fiddler Duncan Wickel, he performed a stunning show that displayed the full range of his powers on guitar, from rollicking rhythm to beautifully melodic fingerstyle (actually played with a pick and one finger). Before the show, the easygoing virtuoso sat down with his left-handed Muiderman flattop to shed light on how he honors and stretches tradition as a guitarist and songwriter.

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Video Lesson- How to Unlock I-IV-V Chord Progressions on acoustic guitar

Video Lesson: How to Unlock I-IV-V Chord Progressions

The chord trinity known as I–IV–V is one of the most useful theoretical concepts for any musician. The I–IV–V is a skeleton key for countless songs in folk, country, rock, blues, and beyond, revealing the basic similarities of, say, “Louie Louie,” “Ring of Fire,” “Man of Constant Sorrow,” and “I Fought the Law.”

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