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Watch the Blue Bell online guitar lesson by Muriel Anderson from Essentials: Fingerstyle Guitar

Merle Travis’ arrangement of "Bluebell" is a classic in the fingerstyle guitar repertoire. I tried to keep some of the best parts of his arrangement while making it easier to learn.

This arrangement uses a lot of the techniques and ideas we've explored up to this point. Towards the end, an easy way to make the “hinge bar” described in the breakdown is by bringing the left elbow forward just enough so that the top strings are open and the lowest strings are still covered by the bar. Once this is under your fingers, you can explore some other variations and nuances in Merle Travis’ and/or other versions of "Bluebell."