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Orville Johnson teaches the techniques, progressions, and rhythmic patterns used by acoustic blues guitarists.
Explore the haunting sounds of acoustic slide guitar with this easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction series.
Learn to create dynamic accompaniment parts in any setting.
These 17 solo arrangements in Celtic Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar are from the British Isles and beyond, in Orkney and other tunings, with standard notation, tablature, and performance notes.
A dozen four-week workouts each designed to engage both your fingers and your mind.
This is the perfect guide for getting to know DADGAD, whether you’re just starting out in alternate tunings or have a bit of experience under your fingers.
Learn to flatpick the melodies to ten traditional fiddle tunes and songs, with simple melodic variations and performance tips.
Learn the styles of 12 all-time great pre- and postwar guitarists, from Elizabeth Cotten to Charley Patton to Alvin Youngblood Hart.
Step-by-step, learn the techniques you need to enhance your acoustic-guitar playing skills with a host of complex rhythms.
A comprehensive guitar method, songbook, and narrative anthology by Steve James, available to champions of this site or to purchase at store.AcousticGuitar.com.
Learn to play 15 Scottish classics, with standard notation and tablature, complete lyrics, and background information.
Delve deep into the world of jazz guitar with this book of 10 extended lessons from master guitarist Sean McGowan.
A step-by-step guide to using the fundamentals of music to unlock both the fretboard and your creativity.
Unorthodox tunings made it possible for Nick Drake to create complex harmonies from one- and two-fingered chord shapes, freeing him to concentrate on his highly detailed picking patterns.
Though Willie Nelson is most easily described as a country musician, elements of jazz have always permeated his style. Here, Adam Levy digs into Nelson’s acoustic guitar approach.
Joan Armatrading has followed her own path for 50 years to become one of the most revered songwriters of her generation. Here’s an in-depth look at her guitar playing.
Mitchell reinvented the guitar as a vehicle for accompaniment and songwriting. The evolution of her guitar style is inseparable from her journey as one of the defining singer-songwriters of her
A skilled and precise fingerstyle player, Joan Baez modeled an approach to accompaniment that was not flashy, but effective, elegant, and complete-sounding with no other instruments.
When Richard Thompson plugs in his Stratocaster, fireworks regularly ensue. But his playing is equally brilliant when he picks up a Martin, Ferrington, or Lowden and goes unplugged.
Explore the music of Lucinda Williams by way of some of her best-known songs, with tab examples demonstrating her rhythm playing.
An immersion in Bill Withers’ music brings powerful lessons for any guitar-playing songwriter, especially about the value of directness. This lesson goes inside some of Withers’ best songs—especially from his
Paul Simon—with Art Garfunkel and without—and has composed some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century. This lesson explores his musical styles and techniques.
Among the many players who’ve used such tactics to create sui generis riffs and chord progressions, perhaps no one has been more successful than prolific singer-songwriter Neil Young.
Learn some of Bob Dylan’s deceptive chord moves, his fluency with standard and non-standard tunings, and his knack for constant reinvention with music examples drawn from his early work.
In Bruce Cockburn’s hands, the guitar becomes a true band in a box, delivering powerful grooves, riffs, melodies, harmonized lines, and improvised solos in real time.