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Watch the Performance Studies online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Principles

In this third and final section, Muriel Anderson and Peppino D'Agostino present 5 performance studies to prime your repertoire and put your fingerstyle skills to good use. Both Muriel and Peppino will first demonstrate the piece and then break it down for you note-by-note, technique-by technique. You'll not only being able to apply what you've learned in the first two section, you'll also pick up a few new fingerstyle techniques and creative approaches.

TIP! One of the best pieces of advice I ever got as a player, was to "learn it - then do it your own way". At first that seems counter-intuitive. Afterall we are trying to really nail the lessons we are working on, and once we do that… then we are supposed to change it? YES! Throughout history players have been borrowing, or outright stealing others licks and ideas, and then changing them to make them their own. Basically you have to start somewhere as you are developing your own voice on the guitar, so it makes sense to learn something that is already pretty cool, and then put your own spin on it. Try it out, learn a new lick or pattern, but then instead of just moving on to something else - look at how you can tweak, adapt, extend, change and make it your own.