Open Strings & Nutty Bends

Open Strings & Nutty Bends

by Jim Campilongo As I'm drawn to ringing dissonances, blues notes, and passing tones, I try to incorporate open strings in a melody whenever possible.…
John Fahey & Early American Guitar

John Fahey & Early American Guitar

by Cody Campbell John Fahey is one of the most well respected acoustic guitar instrumentalists in American history. His style—which he called American Primitive—has been…
The Voodoo Blues Scale

The Voodoo Blues Scale

by Steve Trovato If there's one fistful of notes that never gets old, it’s the blues scale. Once it finds its way into the hands…
“Diddie Wa Diddie” Guitar Lesson

“Diddie Wa Diddie” Guitar Lesson

More than 60 years after its recording, Blind Blake’s rambunctious “Diddie Wa Diddie”--a double-entendre ragtime-blues--still stands as a fingerpicking classic. Blake’s musical vocabulary is prodigious,…
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