This gently rolling ballad is not only satisfying to play, it shows the musical benefits of learning pieces not originally composed for guitar.
While details of Mitchell's playing are tough to discern on the original, this newly released solo demo is especially illuminating.
"Blue Skies,” arranged here in the guitar-friendly key of C, has been covered in many popular styles from ragtime piano to big band jazz to country.
As I write this, California is seeing historic atmospheric rivers and treacherous flooding and I can’t help but think of this song from the blues canon.
This Eagles classic is one of the most requested song transcriptions from AG readers.
We've published the music to more than 1,500 songs in Acoustic Guitar magazine since 1990. Now you can easily locate the issue in which a song appeared.
Most of this arrangement's melody notes are reachable without leaving first position, and all the necessary bass notes are easily played.
This simple arrangement allows for easy, primarily open chording.
With tight harmonies, sturdy twin guitar strumming, thoughtful lyrics, and a bit of vocal countermelody, the song has all the hallmarks of the duo's style.
The arrangement of this song, also known as "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," is inspired by Nirvana’s version.
Originally released in 1991 and re-released on this year's ‘At First Light,’ this challenging tune features nearly three dozen different chords.
Originally published in 1844, the song remains a popular favorite among children and adults to celebrate Thanksgiving and the Christmas season.
Thirty five years after its release, this powerful narrative, with its distinctive guitar part, feels as vital as ever.
Singer-songwriter Maurice Tani teaches how to add fresh color and anticipation to a traditional favorite.
“Sidewalk Chalk” is a lovely waltz with a beautiful set of chord changes. It’s also quite approachable and, like so much of Levy’s work, is a joy to play.
Lightfoot recorded the song on a 12-string—specifically, a Gibson B-45-12—but it will work just as well on a six-string.
This ragtime-inspired composition leaves a lot of room for improvisation and variations on the main themes.
Learn to Play “Big Sciota,” a Traditional Fiddle Tune Popularized by Flatpicking Master Russ Barenberg
“Big Sciota” is not necessarily easy to play, but if you stick with it, you'll learn a fun and well-known tune and develop some powerful chops in both hands.
This easy campfire arrangement follows a traditional four-bar pattern using just the chords Am, G, and C.
With its "quirky rhythmic and harmonic twists and turns," this piece moves all around the fretboard.
Video Lesson: Learn a Fingerstyle Arrangement of “It Is Well with My Soul” in Double Dropped-D Tuning
The arrangement is fairly undemanding of both the picking and fretting hands and makes strategic use of the open strings.
Cotten plays “Shake Sugaree” on a guitar tuned down a whole step, using chord shapes in the key of C major that sound in Bb.
The brilliance of Watson’s right-hand technique can be clearly heard on this punishingly fast instrumental
This version of “Little Liza Jane” comes from the eastern Kentucky fiddler J.P. Fraley (1923–2011), who played it in the key of A major.
One of James' most popular tunes, “Talco Girl” is supported by a guitar accompaniment that would make a smart instrumental composition on its own.