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Rhythm and Strumming – Down Strums

Down strums can be extremely boring, or they can really add some nice flavor to your playing. You can be very rhythmic with down strums. In this lesson, Brian goes over some basic down strumming patterns as well as how to be dynamic with down strums. Basic Patterns Typically, you’ll want to down strum on […]

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Alternate Tuning – DADGBD

In this lesson, Fuller shows you how to use an alternate tuning known as DADGBD, which is a variation of the popular DADGAD tuning. This is the tuning he uses to play the lead parts to Man of Sorrows Tuning Low E String: tune down to D A string: leave D string: leave G string: […]

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Finger Picking Part 3: An Intermediate Pattern

In our first few finger picking lessons, we’ve gone over some of the basics, such as how to position your fingers and a few simple picking patterns. In this lesson, Fuller teaches you a more intermediate picking pattern to take things up a notch. Tuning To get the exact sound Fuller is getting in this […]

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Finger Picking – Introduction and Your First Pattern

Finger picking is a great way to play more intimate songs, or if you just want to have a completely different feel from flat picking. In this lesson, you’ll learn the basics of fingerpicking – how to place your hand, which fingers to use and your first basic finger picking pattern. It starts with your […]

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The F Shape: Create chords and lead lines

The F chord is typically the first hard chord that many of us love to hate. You typically play it using a barre chord shape, but there are easier ways to play it. Here is the basic F shape that we’ll use in this lesson: The F Shape How it works The black circle on […]

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The D Shape: Create chords and lead lines

Most of us learned how to play a D chord very early on in our history of playing guitar. You can actually use this shape all over the fretboard to create interesting sounding chords and melodic lead playing. The D Shape How it works The note where your third (ring) finger is on the B […]

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Alternate Chord Voicings – Key of B

View all our guitar lessons here Introduction The Key of B is not a super common key to play in – especially on acoustic. Usually you just see people play key of G chords with a capo on the 4th fret or key of A chords with a capo on the 2nd. One of the […]

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Capos: How to play the same song in different keys

One very cool trick you can use capos for is playing the same song with different key voicings. To illustrate how this works, let’s take the song Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United. Oceans is in D, so naturally, you can play without a capo in the key of D. But, you can […]

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Alternate Chord Voicings – Key of D

In this lesson, Bradford walks through several alternate voicings of common chords in the key of D. These voicings will allow you to move more quickly between chords, and they sound a little more open and natural, especially on acoustic. Standard chords in D Typically, you would play chords in A using these voicings: While […]