“As in a painting, the melody should be the subject right up front, close to your eyes, and the bass should be the mountains in the background,” D’Agostino says.
This song has a striking tuning of F C Eb Ab C Eb, try your hand at playing it!
“Bill Cheatham” is the perfect example of a fiddle tune that's also a great way to learn flatpicking on guitar.
This is not only a good introduction to fiddle tunes, but to flatpicking in general as it covers the hallmarks of the style.
In this lesson, Bruce Molsky demonstrates how the guitar tradition from Madagascar takes in not only local music elements but classical and pop influences from everywhere.
Eddie Lang's jazz guitar interpretation of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-Sharp Minor keeps the dark and brooding atmosphere of the original piano piece.
“Yiddishe Hora” is a piece written in the early 20th century by composer, violinist, and bandleader Alexander Olshanetsky. Here it is arranged for solo guitar.
Cross-pick through a seasonal favorite, The Little Drummer Boy, in the guitar-friendly key of C major.
Check out Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers' fingerstyle guitar arrangements of 3 Christmas classics: “The First Noel,” “Joy to the World,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”
Try this flatpicking acoustic guitar workout for "Home Sweet Home," inspired by the banjo classic.
Guitarist Alan Barnosky teaches an acoustic guitar arrangement of the melodic fiddle tune “Old Grimes,” as interpreted by Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
A common question advancing flatpickers have is how and when to play up the guitar neck. The old favorite "Salt Creek" gives a good example of how to do it.
“VanWart” started out as an improvisation, including some of the colorful harmonies inherent to DADGAD tuning.
Learn a solo guitar arrangement of "Dance of the Hounsies," a voodoo-inspired work by guitarist-composer Frantz Casseus, aka the "father of Haitian classical guitar."
Despite its popularity among fiddlers, “Leather Britches” is less known with flatpickers—surprisingly so, as it is fun to play and lands well on the guitar.
One should focus on Reinhardt’s total control of harmony, the sophisticated ways in which he moves the chords’ inner and outer voices
Many guitarists flock to Tony Rice because of his jaw-dropping leads. However, Rice’s epic solos are only a small element of what made his music so special.
These approachable pieces will be great additions to your fingerstyle repertoire.
This song is a showcase for Basho’s considerable fingerpicking technique
Mexican composer Manuel Ponce's most successful piece by far is “Estrellita” (“Little Star”), a romantic song for which he wrote both music and lyrics in 1912. The tune is beloved throughout the Spanish-speaking world and has been hugely popular since the 1930s.
“It’s become an annual tradition for me to do this song, and finding ways to reharmonize it but keep the melody and essence intact is a fun challenge."
This tune is played in the key of E minor, with a judicious combination of fretted notes and open strings creating beautifully textured harmonies.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers teaches simple arrangements for "Angels We Have Heard on High", "Silent Night", and "O Holy Night" that let the melodies shine.
Explore Alex de Grassi's hip and jazzy arrangement of this seasonal favorite, recorded on his signature model Lowden.
The guitarist's solo introduction takes liberties with harmony, melody, and tempo.