A Guitarist's Guide to Hybrid Picking

Zak Hobbs

Combining Flatpicking with Fingerpicking

Hybrid picking is a versatile technique that combines the power of a flatpick with the intricacy of fingerpicking. The pick plays strong bass and rhythm notes while your middle and ring fingers pick out arpeggios, harmonies and melodies. This style of picking can be applied to many musical genres and is used by numerous well-known players.  Zak Hobbs has ... Read More

A Lesson With Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Guitars, Songs and Picking Techniques

Take a lesson with one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of our time!  A master storyteller, Steve Earle crafts his powerful songs with basic chords and a two-finger picking style that is eloquent in its simplicity. His music combines folk, blues, alt-country and rock styles in a powerful, instantly recognizable genre all its own. This unique video gives us ... Read More

Comes and Goes

Pete Huttlinger
By special request, the late, great Pete Huttlinger had recorded this piece as a "bonus" song for his lesson, "Learn to Play the Songs of Dan Fogelberg." We're now offering it to you as a single "mini-lesson," and there's much to learn from it. You'll play a beautiful, flowing picking pattern to accompany the song, along with an ... Read More

Happy Traum Teaches Seven Classic Bob Dylan Songs

Happy Traum

Easy Fingerpicking Arrangements

Songs: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right; Blowin' in the Wind; I'll Be Your Baby Tonight; I Pity the Poor Immigrant; Buckets of Rain; Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You; Farewell. Happy Traum's long association with Bob Dylan makes him the perfect instructor to teach these seven Dylan favorites. In nearly three hours of ... Read More

Happy Traum Teaches Songs of Pete Seeger

Happy Traum

Six Favorites for Fingerstyle Guitar

Pete Seeger had been a towering figure in the world of folk music for more than seventy years until his death in 2014 at the age of 94. He was a brilliant instrumentalist, songwriter, activist, teacher and humanitarian who introduced the world to hundreds - perhaps thousands - of great songs of all kinds.  Happy Traum, a long-time friend and colleague ... Read More

How I Play (Some of) My Favorite Songs

Tom Rush

10 Easy-to-Play Classics

Tom Rush has always had an uncanny knack for finding - and writing -wonderful songs, many of which have continued to be played and re-interpreted by new generations of musicians. Play along with him as he personally teaches you ten of the memorable songs and guitar arrangements that have long made him one of America's most beloved performers. You'll ... Read More

How to Play Lead Acoustic Guitar

Artie Traum with Diane Zeigler

Secrets to Successful Song Accompaniment

This may be one of the best lessons we have ever produced for acoustic guitar! Recently discovered in our VHS archives, we have restored it to digital download and it's now available to learning players for the first time in many years. A good accompanist adds depth, sparkle and excitement to a song, punctuating it with improvised lines and ... Read More

John Sebastian Teaches Eight Lovin' Spoonful Hits

John Sebastian

(and Welcome Back)

Learn to play some of the most enduring hits in the history of rock and roll! John Sebastian guides you through nine of his classic songs, teaching the chord progressions, bass lines, strums and fingerpicking techniques that will enable you to play these good-time tunes with relative ease. With his affable good humor and impeccable musicianship, John points out the ... Read More

Learn Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic Guitar - Two Lesson Set

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Easy Arrangements for Intermediate Players

Learn fourteen iconic songs by America's first and greatest jam band. With complete transcriptions and Jeffrey’s clear, step-by-step demonstrations, you’ll go beyond strumming the basic chords, adding riffs and lead licks inspired by the Dead’s studio recordings and live jams. Most of the material is played in standard tuning with a pick, but you’ll also learn some fingerstyle and ... Read More

Learn Seven Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic Guitar - Lesson 1

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Easy Arrangements for Intermediate Players

Bring the music of the Grateful Dead to life on your guitar! This easy-to-follow lesson teaches complete arrangements to seven songs, including both rhythm and lead parts. It includes acoustic favorites Friend of the Devil and Black Peter; classic ballads Brokedown Palace and Stella Blue; and the great jam tunes Fire on the Mountain, New Speedway Boogie and Cassidy. Musician ... Read More

Learn Seven More Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic Guitar - Lesson 2

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Easy Arrangements for Intermediate Players

In this follow-up to his top-selling Homespun video, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers teaches seven more classic songs by the Grateful Dead, specially arranged for solo acoustic guitar and vocal. Jeffrey, the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir about their approaches to the guitar and songwriting, and captures the essence of the Dead’s most enduring ... Read More

Learn Three Iconic Richard Thompson Songs

Zak Hobbs

Beeswing, Valerie, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Richard Thompson is indisputably high up in the pantheon of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of our time. His style is hugely influential and his songs are widely sung, but it is his unique instrumental arrangements that have captivated guitar players around the world. No one knows the intricacies of Richard Thompson’s guitar technique better than Zak Hobbs. The grandson ... Read More
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