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Acoustic Guitar Tips And Articles

On this page you will find a variety of acoustic guitar tips and articles on how to play your acoustic guitar in the very best ways possible. Be sure to check these acoustic recources out and stop wasting time with a trial and error approach.


Guitar-Chord-Melody-Mistakes-2BRAND NEW! Creating your own chord/melody arrangements on guitar, where you play the chords and melody of a song at the same time, is not so much a matter of having great skills, as it is having a great strategy and method in place in which to play this way. I did it the hard way by not having any strategy in place. It was time consuming and frustrating to say the least!

Let me save you that unnecessary pain. In an earlier lesson I revealed to you 3 critical mistakes guitarists make when trying to play chord/melody style. Now I want to add to that a further 4 equally critical mistakes guitarists make when playing chord/melody style. By simply avoiding these mistakes yourself, playing and creating chord/melody arrangements on your guitar will become easy and fun to do!

Discover more common and critical mistakes guitar players make when trying to play chord/melody and how to avoid them in your own playing.


Clawhammer-Fingerpicking-Technique-Pattern-Variations-ImageNEW! The clawhammer fingerpicking pattern is perhaps the most commonly used, useful, applicable fingerpicking pattern for your guitar playing.

Yet it will be totally useless to you, in any real life capacity at least, if all you do is learn the basic pattern. There is much more to mastering a fingerpicking pattern such as this, that meets the eye. It is a multi step process, where most people stop after step 1, believing they have got it, yet are left frustrated, wondering why they are struggling to make anything that resembles real music with it on their guitar.

Read this article, and discover how to truly master the clawhammer fingerpicking guitar technique so you can sound like the pro’s do when fingerpicking your guitar


Guitar Chord Melody MistakesNEW! Ever tried creating and/or playing chord/melody arrangements on your guitar and failed miserably, finding it near impossible to play both the chords and melody of a song at the same time?

If you answered yes, you are definitely not alone!

It’s one of the most impressive and rewarding ways to play a guitar, but also one of the most challenging.

The great news is, you most likely don’t need to increase your guitar skills to play and create chord/melody arrangements, but rather avoid critical and common mistakes most guitar players make because they have no strategy or method in place when trying to play this style.

Learn how to avoid these critical chord melody guitar playing mistakes and easily create your own awesome sounding arrangements as a result!


Clawhammer-Fingerpicking-Pattern-ImageEver wondered how your favourite players make fingerpicking their guitar look so easy to do?

Truth is, a lot of the time there is a lot less going on than what meets the eye, or in this case, the ear. While many patterns exist in the world of fingerpicking, there is one in particular that is more prevalent than any other.

This fingerpicking pattern will provide you with the ability to play literally thousands of songs, as well as create your own fingerpicking masterpieces!

Learn the number one fingerpicking pattern for your guitar playing with this easy to follow, step by step, method I have laid out for you.


Creative Guitar Playing PicIf you are feeling unmotivated, uninspired, and just all round frustrated with your guitar playing right now, the great news is that times like these are often proceeded by your biggest growth and improvement as a player and musician!

Check this article out on ways to reignite your creativity and passion on guitar and learn how to take advantage of lean periods in your playing where you feel like you have plateau’d.



Acoustic Guitar Mini Course PicStuck in a rut with your acoustic guitar rhythm playing? It is very common to get caught up in a strum only approach when playing acoustic guitar. Truth is, given the right strategies and methods you can totally transform your acoustic rhythm guitar playing. You will have a new found freedom and even surprise yourself when you pick your guitar up to play.

Read this article on acoustic rhythm guitar and learn how to give your playing the makeover it needs so you never get bored with your own playing ever again!



Acoustic Guitar Fingerpicking PicWhen it comes to playing guitar it is often said that there is the EASY way to do it and then there is the RIGHT way. It is the same when fingerpicking your acoustic guitar. Don't fall into the trap of going with what comes natural to you when trying to learn this style of playing on your own. There is every chance you will be going about it the wrong way. Don't waste your time!

Check this article out on guitar fingerpicking technique to learn exactly how to go about getting the fundamentals of this style down the RIGHT way.



Learning Songs On Acoustic Guitar PicThink that having the music/tablature to a song plus a recording of it is enough to get that song down from start to finish?

Think again! Learning full songs on the guitar can be a massive frustration for many players. However it doesn't have to be. In order to learn the songs you love you must first have effective strategies in place to do this.

Read this article on exactly how to learn full songs on your guitar from start to finish and avoid the frustrations that come with learning songs ineffectively.


Play Guitar In Time Article Page PicThe rhythm and timing of a song tends to be something that many guitar players think will just happen by default once they have the notes and chords down. This is NOT true, and as a result it is the cause of many guitar playing problems and frustrations.

Check this article out on how to play your guitar in time to be on your way to better guitar timing, and playing, today.


Part 2 of ways to inspire new found creativity and inspiration into your acoustic guitar playing. If you've ever felt like you have hit the wall with your guitar playing, and we all do, then check this article out where a further 3 ways are presented to you that will help reignite your creativity on the guitar.

You'll never feel bored or discouraged with your playing again when you discover these cool and unique ways to play your acoustic guitar



When creating an unplugged version of an electric song on your acoustic guitar, you need to do more than simply copy the existing song, note for note, onto your acoustic. There are many things to consider and do to make your unplugged version sound awesome! The secret is to tap into the unique characteristics of the acoustic guitar, which in turn will provide you with ways to compensate for the electric guitar, and the other instruments in the song too, if you are playing solo (ie. just you and your guitar).

Read this article on creating your own unplugged acoustic guitar song to learn how to do this.


Chords are commonly associated with rhythm guitar playing. What is not so commonly known however, is that chords are also a great tool to use for soloing on your acoustic guitar. You may choose to use them a little, sprinkled amongst your single note lines, adding great depth and texture to your solos, or you may use them a lot, creating a full blown chord solo.

It’s up to you. One thing is for sure though, adding an element of chords to your guitar soloing will take your acoustic playing to great new heights.

Read this article on how to solo using chords on your acoustic guitar and add a whole new sound to your playing starting today!


You know the feeling. We’ve all been there as guitar players before. You’ve hit the wall and are running low on inspiration and motivation, maybe even contemplating quitting all together. Stop!

A great way to fuel your desire to play the guitar is to study the styles and techniques of your favourite players. This has helped me out of a flat spot many times and is a great way to expand and improve your own guitar playing in massively defining ways!

Learn how to go about this through studying the guitar playing style and techniques of Chet Atkins



Analysis Unplugged Songs PicInterested in learning a whole bunch of cool and great sounding approaches to creating an unplugged version of a song?

To become a better acoustic guitar player you need to carefully listen, observe, and learn from others. While this may seem like simple and obvious advise, it is also very powerful.

Observing and learning from what other players have done before you is like taking your own personal lesson from them in playing your guitar.

Check out these 5 awesome acoustic versions of songs that I have carefully analysed for you to get you started in creating your own cool unplugged arrangements.


acoustic-guitarA great way to massively increase your creativity on the acoustic guitar is to transcribe music other instruments play. This will get you playing your acoustic in ways you would never have thought of, as all instruments are unique in how they sound and execute their notes. Great guitar players don't limit their listening and learning experiences to the guitar alone. They become great by listening carefully to other instruments, taking what they can and applying it to their own playing.

Learn how you can get started doing the same right now by arranging music from other instruments onto your acoustic guitar



Acoustic Guitar Blues RhythmPicture this, you’re jamming the blues and you’ve just played an awesome solo. It’s now your turn to play the rhythm.

What are you going to do?

Hopefully not play the same old boring open chords. Having strong rhythm guitar skills is essential in becoming a great guitarist, yet many players ignore this area of their playing.

Learn some great ways to spice up your acoustic blues rhythm guitar playing. Everyone will want to jam with you!


Open-Tuning-Article-PicAre you a “one tuning wonder?”

Do you purposely stick to standard tuning with everything you play on guitar, unwilling to try anything new, sighting that it’s too hard learning to play guitar in multiple tunings?

I mean, why go turn everything upside down by changing the tuning of your guitar.

This was my attitude in the early years of my playing, however I am so grateful I saw the light and discovered the magic of open tunings for my acoustic guitar playing.

Open tunings, or any kind of tuning for that matter, are designed to make things easier to play on guitar. In a lot of cases, things you can do in open tunings aren’t even possible to do in standard tuning.

Let me show you 5 easy things you can start doing right now to make open tunings part of your acoustic guitar playing.


Harp Harmonic PicI want to show you a technique for your acoustic guitar playing that totally blew me away when I first heard it. I couldn’t believe the sound I was hearing was actually coming from a guitar! This technique is commonly known as harp harmonics or cascading harmonics. Whatever you want to call them, these will change the way you approach your acoustic guitar playing from the day you first start learning them.

Don't be mistaken, harp harmonics are no “one trick pony”. They are extremely musical in their application. What you can do with them and the scope they offer your acoustic guitar playing is huge! Let me show you how to get started playing harp harmonics on your acoustic guitar right now!


Advanced Chords For GuitarKnowing your open and bar chords is good. However if this is all you know when it comes to chords on your guitar then this is NOT good. In fact, it’s restricting your playing big time in ways you’re not even aware of!

Many years ago I had this problem myself. I was a decent guitar player however when it came to chords, my knowledge and application of them on the instrument was poor. Translated, this means I only really knew my open and bar chord forms.

Let me show you what got me out of this rut I found myself in with these easy to play, advanced sounding guitar chords


What do all great guitar players do?

Answer: They look outside of their chosen style of music for inspiration and ideas they can apply musically to their own genre and way of playing. This is a key ingredient to becoming a great guitar player!

In fact, if I did not do this myself, there would be many, many things I simply would not be able to do that I CAN thankfully do now, within my own style.

Check out these 5 areas of jazz that will make you a better acoustic guitar player. You may even find jazz becomes another string to your bow regarding your guitar playing.


Open G Tuning Chords For GuitarOne of the great things about open tunings is the whole new sound spectrum that is available for your guitar playing. 

One great beneficiary to open tunings are your chords. Whether it be the unfamiliar, but lush sound of the droning open strings against fretted notes, or the single fret bar chords that allow you to add extensions and embellishments not possible in standard tuning, open tunings will bring a whole new world of creativity to your guitar playing which can immediately take your playing to a much higher level.

Check out this article to learn creative ways to play chords in an Open G tuning on your guitar.


Acoustic Blues Fingerpicking TechniqueIn this video/article lesson I am going to show you a very cool, easy, yet advanced sounding way to fingerpick the blues on your acoustic guitar. This fingerpicking technique will have you playing both the rhythm and lead parts to your blues at the same time, much like a pianist provides both the chords (left hand) and melody (right hand) to the pieces they play.

Better yet, this technique is simple to do!

Learn exactly how to go about creating your own acoustic fingerpicking blues arrangements on your guitar with this easy to follow method I have set out for you.