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Watch the Fingerstyle Journals online guitar lesson by John Knowles, C.G.P. from Fingerstyle Journals

Hi, I'm John Knowles and welcome to Fingerstyle Journals. I've chosen a handful of fingerstyle solos that I think you'll enjoy learning and performing. We'll cover five originals and one arrangement of a traditional tune.

There's "Las Palmas"...with a little mariachi influence, "After Paris"...European memories, "Chicken in the Rain"...there's something about wet chickens, "Turning Home"...the feel of the open ocean, "Danny Boy"...a timeless Irish melody, and "Boulevard"...a tune I wrote for my pal Chet Atkins.

Of course, I want to show you how to play each one, but I also want to share my thoughts about composing, arranging, know...the good stuff. Like many of you, I figured out a lot of this for myself, but I've also been fortunate to work with some of my heroes. I'll be sure to pass along some things I learned from them...including some licks I borrowed...permanently.