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Martin Simpson

Alternate Tuning with Slide For a Scots Slow Air

Martin Simpson is revered for his fingerstyle playing and for his creative use of open and alternate tunings on the guitar. His haunting arrangement of this beautiful 16th Century Scottish air is played in his favorite tuning: CGDGCD (“Gsus4 over4”) with the added cross-cultural flourish of the use of the bottleneck slide.  Martin touches on essential slide technique, showing how ... Read More
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"Miss Delta" - A Slow Blues Instrumental in E

Mary Flower

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

Learn this sweet, slow fingerstyle blues instrumental in E by the terrific Mary Flower. “Miss Delta” includes plenty to chew on for both basic and experienced guitarists: Descending chord walk-downs, moving basses, interesting chord progressions and rhythmic variations, and some "New Orleans-sounding" licks. This piece packs a lot in!  We're sure you'll get a lot out of it ... Read More
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"Moonshiner" - Single Song Download

Adam Traum

A Classic Folksong

“The Moonshiner” is a favorite traditional song that has been recorded by the Clancy Brothers, Tex Ritter, Bob Dylan, the Punch Brothers, Uncle Tupelo and innumerable other artists and groups through the years. Adam Traum has made an enjoyable and very accessible arrangement of this folk standard that can be played (and sung) by acoustic guitarists as a solo piece ... Read More
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Sitting On Top of the World

Toby Walker

A Country Blues Tune in Dropped D

“Sitting On Top of the World” has been played and sung many ways through the years, from its earliest string band rendition by the Mississippi Sheiks to versions by artists as diverse as Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Chet Atkins and innumerable others. There’s even a version by the heavy rock band Cream! This one, played ... Read More
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St. James Infirmary Blues

Adam Traum

A Download-Only Homespun Single Lesson

The “Saint James Infirmary Blues,” also known as the “Gambler’s Blues,” is an eight-bar, minor blues New Orleans classic. It was originally made famous by Louis Armstrong but has since been performed by countless other blues, jazz, folk and rock artists. In this Homespun single-song lesson, guitarist Adam Traum discovers some suprising ways to make this great song come ... Read More
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Tennessee Waltz: A Guitar Instrumental in Dropped D

Happy Traum

A Download-Only Homespun Single Song Lesson

Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King’s “Tennessee Waltz” has been among the world's most popular country/pop songs since it’s million-selling recording by Patti Page in 1950. Since then, it has been recorded hundreds of times, has been named one of Tennessee’s official state songs, and is a ubiquitous number sung and played around campfires and ... Read More
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The Cherry Tree Carol

Al Petteway
Here’s a beautiful and compelling tune that’s fairly easy to play. It’s perfect for the Christmas season but will have its place in your repertoire at any time of year. Al Petteway has arranged it for fingerstyle guitar in DADGAD tuning. Its open and parallel strings, with ringing overtones, give the piece a lovely reverb-like resonance. Al ... Read More
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"The Parting Glass" - An Irish Guitar Instrumental

Al Petteway

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

This classic Irish song is perfect for the holidays - or any time of the year. Al Petteway's gorgeous and compelling version, in DADGAD tuning, is played as a guitar instrumental, but you can easily find the lyrics on line if you want to sing it. It has been recorded and performed by countless artists through the years and is ... Read More
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Things Are Looking Up

Pete Huttlinger

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

Many of you know that the great fingerstyle guitarist, Pete Huttlinger, has had to overcome some very serious health issues in the past couple of years. This optimistically-titled guitar composition reflects Pete's up-beat nature and confirms his outlook that things are definitely getting better for him. Written and played in dropped D tuning, Pete's extended, multi-part instrumental will ... Read More
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Truckin' by the Grateful Dead

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

Learn to play the Grateful Dead's iconic song Truckin' for solo acoustic guitar and vocal. Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is steeped in the music and lore of the Dead, and he distill's the band's version into something you can play on your own. The song features a great groove, repeating bass riff and powerhouse chord changes. This is ... Read More
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