The ultimate goal of many acoustic guitarists is to develop a personal style. A good way to achieve this is to study the guitar styles of the greats and synthesize the ideas you find most appealing. Acoustic Guitar has many lessons offering insights into the distinct styles and techniques of your favorite guitarists—including blues greats, folk icons, singer-songwriters, and beyond.
Part 1 of this lesson focused on my ragtime piece “Pete’s Barrelhouse Rag”—inspired by the piano-based jazz-blues form that’s heavily syncopated and that was popular in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Now, as promised, here’s a look at three additional variations on the piece. Variation 5 returns to the standard eight-bar…