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Play Acoustic Guitar 9: Advanced Style Diversity

Diversify your acoustic guitar chops with this Acoustic Learning Path core course.
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Overview

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 9: Advanced Style Diversity for late intermediate to advanced students of acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 6 top TrueFire educators: Pierre Bensusan, Roberto Dalla Vecchia, Tim Sparks, Vicki Genfan, Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs. The Advanced Style Diversity curriculum is comprised of select acoustic guitar lessons from the educators' existing TrueFire course libraries.

One of the qualities that attracts all of us to the guitar is the virtually infinite range of styles and techniques that are possible on the instrument. Having a grasp on a wide variety of styles and techniques not only broadens your musicality, it opens the door to many more playing opportunities with other musicians. You'll gain more clarity on the instrument overall and expressing yourself on it will become a richer experience. The video guitar lessons in this core course will diversify your skill set and help take your playing to the next level.

Play Acoustic Guitar 9: Advanced Style Diversity is organized into 5 sections. In the first section, Pierre Bensusan presents a mini-masterclass in DADGAD tuning. Tim Sparks presents 10 boogie variations to spice up your fingerstyle blues vocabulary in the second section. In the third section, Vicki Genfan presents 3 performance studies in 3 different open tunings. In Section 4, Roberto Dalla Vecchia presents 3 performance studies designed to impart some serious flatpicking chops. In the fifth and final section, Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs introduce you to Nuevo Flamenco, an ideal study program for any guitarist who wants to delve into the world of Flamenco or world music.

When you've completed the lessons here in Advanced Style Diversity, you'll find more lessons focused on variations in Advanced Style Variations, also a Play Acoustic Guitar 9 core course.

The educators demonstrate all of the key examples over jam tracks (where and when applicable) to simulate a real-world application, in a musical context. Key examples are also tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. Take as much time as you need to work through each video guitar lesson before moving on to the next lesson. If you want to dig deeper or wider into any of the topics covered in this core course, check out the rest of the courses in the Acoustic Learning Path where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators. Grab your guitar and let's get started!

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Play Acoustic Guitar 9: Advanced Style Diversity - Introduction

01: Play Acoustic Guitar 9: Advanced Style Diversity - Introduction

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 9: Advanced Style Diversity for late intermediate to advanced students of Acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 6 top TrueFire educators: Pierre Bensusan, Roberto Dalla Vecchia, Tim Sparks, Vicki Genfan, Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs.

3 min
DADGAD - SECTION 1: Overview

02: DADGAD - SECTION 1: Overview

In this section, Pierre Bensusan presents a mini-masterclass in DADGAD tuning. He starts with a series of performances and breakdowns designed to impart the basis of DADGAD and then guides you through a DADGAD performance study.

1 min
Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Performance

03: Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Performance

Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan and is sourced from DADGAD Explorer: Guitar Intuite. I wrote this song in 1977 with Ireland in my heart, as I was on a ferry boat traveling from the harbor of Le Havre in Normandy (France) to Roeselare in the south of Ireland to do my first Irish tour.

2 min
Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 1

04: Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 1

Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan and is sourced from DADGAD Explorer: Guitar Intuite. Melody is very important in the music that I play.

6 min
Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 2

05: Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 2

Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan and is sourced from DADGAD Explorer: Guitar Intuite. In this segment, we'll be working on developing a hierarchy of resonances.

8 min
Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 3

06: Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 3

Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan and is sourced from DADGAD Explorer: Guitar Intuite. Here we'll be looking at the chords behind the melody of "Le Voyage Pour l'Irlande.

3 min
Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 4

07: Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 4

Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan and is sourced from DADGAD Explorer: Guitar Intuite. Now let's look at placing the bass line.

2 min
Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 5

08: Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 5

Le Voyage Pour L'Irlande - Concepts & Approaches: 5 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan and is sourced from DADGAD Explorer: Guitar Intuite. This piece has been developed over time, as most of my pieces.

6 min
Hekimoğlu - Performance

09: Hekimoğlu - Performance

Hekimolu - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan and is sourced from DADGAD Explorer: Guitar Intuite. I was introduced to this Turkish traditional ballad by Michele Shalon, who I met in Glasgow, Scotland.

2 min
Hekimoğlu - Breakdown

10: Hekimoğlu - Breakdown

Hekimolu - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan and is sourced from DADGAD Explorer: Guitar Intuite. I was introduced to this Turkish traditional ballad by Michele Shalon, who I met in Glasgow, Scotland.

5 min
Fingerstyle Boogie - SECTION 2: Overview

11: Fingerstyle Boogie - SECTION 2: Overview

Fingerstyle guitarists have tweaked and refined the boogie-woogie style into a sophisticated art form. It still has deep roots to its country blues beginnings but with countless variations and often-times very challenging fingerstyle techniques.

1 min
Freight Train Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

12: Freight Train Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

Freight Train Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Freight Train boogie is twelve bar blues. A three-note, chord shape riff followed by a boogie bass line is played in a version for the I, IV and V chord.

4 min
Highway Boogie  - Performance & Breakdown

13: Highway Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

Highway Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Highway Boogie is a 12 bar blues with a call and response riff that mixes a three-note, 9th chord shape with a boogie bass pattern.

3 min
Boogie On The Tarmac - Performance & Breakdown

14: Boogie On The Tarmac - Performance & Breakdown

Boogie On The Tarmac - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Boogie on the Tarmac is a variation on the Minor Third Boogie using three-note chord shapes in a call and response with a Boogie bass line over a 12 bar blues.

3 min
Lightnin' Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

15: Lightnin' Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

Lightnin' Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Lightnin' Boogie is a 12 Bar Blues that blends a tasty blues riff with a boogie bass pattern in the style of the great Texas Boogie Bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins.

3 min
Delta Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

16: Delta Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

Delta Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Delta Boogie shows an example of playing with a rhythm feeling of 4/4 against 6/8.

3 min
Chicago Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

17: Chicago Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

Chicago Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Chicago Boogie takes the 4/4 against 6/8 rhythm feeling from the Delta and turns it into a minor blues mixing 3 note, 9th chord shapes with a boogie bass line.

4 min
Tommy's Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

18: Tommy's Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

Tommy's Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Tommy's Boogie breaks down some fingerings in a variation from Tommy Emmanuel's celebrated version of Guitar Boogie.

4 min
New Orleans Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

19: New Orleans Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

New Orleans Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. New Orleans Boogie is in the style of the legendary Louisiana Bluesman Snooks Eaglin.

3 min
Funky Time Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

20: Funky Time Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

Funky Time Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Funky Time Boogie is also in the style of Snooks Eaglin and mixes three-note chord shapes with a minor penatonic bass line over a 12 bar blues using funky rhythm.

4 min
Gospel Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

21: Gospel Boogie - Performance & Breakdown

Gospel Boogie - Performance & Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks and is sourced from Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook. Gospel Boogie mixes Blues with Gospel piano phrases in the style of Ray Charles and Professor Longhair.

6 min
Open Tunings - SECTION 3: Overview

22: Open Tunings - SECTION 3: Overview

One of the most harmonically exciting and singular qualities of the guitar is the player's ability to easily tune their instrument to a virtually countless variety of open tunings. In this section, Vicki Genfan presents 3 performance studies in 3 different open tunings.

1 min
D sus 2 Tuning - Overview

23: D sus 2 Tuning - Overview

D sus 2 Tuning - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. This chord is probably more likely to be named a Dadd2.

2 min
D sus 2 Tuning - Performance

24: D sus 2 Tuning - Performance

D sus 2 Tuning - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. If you feel more comfortable using a pick, feel free to use it.

1 min
D sus 2 Tuning - Breakdown

25: D sus 2 Tuning - Breakdown

D sus 2 Tuning - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. Make sure to move your left hand fingers as little as possible when changing chords - notice which fingers can remain on the strings as you move from one chord to the next.

16 min
E m11 Tuning - Overview

26: E m11 Tuning - Overview

E m11 Tuning - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. Love this tuning. It's a more recent addition to my arsenal. Don't know why it took me so long to find it.The open chord is such a perfectly balanced voicing.

2 min
E m11 Tuning - Performance

27: E m11 Tuning - Performance

E m11 Tuning - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. Feel the flowing of 6/8 time in this piece. It happens with a smooth strum and accenting the right beats.

1 min
E m11 Tuning - Breakdown

28: E m11 Tuning - Breakdown

E m11 Tuning - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. Even though this étude employs a really strong, full strumming pattern, tune in with your ears and make sure you can follow the melody line that we're picking out on the 4th and 5th strings.

4 min
D7 sus 4 Tuning - Overview

29: D7 sus 4 Tuning - Overview

D7 sus 4 Tuning - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. This tuning has the feeling of mischievous joy to me. The first composition that came through to me was Kali Dreams' which is about my crazy kitty, Kali.

2 min
D7 sus 4 Tuning - Performance

30: D7 sus 4 Tuning - Performance

D7 sus 4 Tuning - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. Notice the feeling of playfulness in this étude. There's a lightness.

1 min
D7 sus 4 Tuning - Breakdown

31: D7 sus 4 Tuning - Breakdown

D7 sus 4 Tuning - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Essentials: Open Tunings. Can you get the 12th fret harmonics to really ring out using your pinky?

6 min
Flatpicking - SECTION 4: Overview

32: Flatpicking - SECTION 4: Overview

Popularized by players like Doc Watson, Norman Blake and Tony Rice, flatpicking was developed by guitarists arranging old-time American fiddle tunes on the guitar, expanding the instrument's traditional rhythmic role by adding melodies and occasional bass runs on the lower strings.

1 min
Bill Cheatham - Overview

33: Bill Cheatham - Overview

Bill Cheatham - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. This is a very popular fiddle tune among flatpickers around the globe.

2 min
Bill Cheatham - Performance

34: Bill Cheatham - Performance

Bill Cheatham - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. This is a very popular fiddle tune among flatpickers around the globe.

2 min
Bill Cheatham - Breakdown

35: Bill Cheatham - Breakdown

Bill Cheatham - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. This is a very popular fiddle tune among flatpickers around the globe.

8 min
Eight More Miles To Louisville - Overview

36: Eight More Miles To Louisville - Overview

Eight More Miles To Louisville - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. This is an old traditional tune I learned from the listening to Tony Rice and Norman Blake.

3 min
Eight More Miles To Louisville - Performance

37: Eight More Miles To Louisville - Performance

Eight More Miles To Louisville - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. This is an old traditional tune I learned from the listening to Tony Rice and Norman Blake.

1 min
Eight More Miles To Louisville - Breakdown

38: Eight More Miles To Louisville - Breakdown

Eight More Miles To Louisville - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. This is an old traditional tune I learned from the listening to Tony Rice and Norman Blake.

7 min
Ticket To Cesuna - Overview

39: Ticket To Cesuna - Overview

Ticket To Cesuna - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. Our last study is a song of mine called "Ticket to Cesuna."

2 min
Ticket To Cesuna - Performance

40: Ticket To Cesuna - Performance

Ticket To Cesuna - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. Our last study is a song of mine called "Ticket to Cesuna".

1 min
Ticket To Cesuna - Breakdown

41: Ticket To Cesuna - Breakdown

Ticket To Cesuna - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Roberto Dalla Vecchia and is sourced from Solo Flatpicking Handbook. Our last study is a song of mine called "Ticket to Cesuna".

10 min
Nuevo Flamenco - SECTION 5: Overview

42: Nuevo Flamenco - SECTION 5: Overview

In this section, Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs introduce you to Nuevo Flamenco, an ideal study program for any guitarist who wants to delve into the world of Flamenco or world music by learning some of the traditional Flamenco techniques with a contemporary World twist.

1 min
Boreal 1 - Rhythm Part Overview

43: Boreal 1 - Rhythm Part Overview

Boreal 1 - Rhythm Part Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Tierra Negra and is sourced from New World Flamenco. "Boreal" is a song Tierra Negra plays that features Rumba Pattern 1a and Rasgueado Technique 5.

1 min
Boreal 2 - Rhythm Demo 1: Slow Tempo

44: Boreal 2 - Rhythm Demo 1: Slow Tempo

Boreal 2 - Rhythm Demo 1: Slow Tempo is a video guitar lesson presented by Tierra Negra and is sourced from New World Flamenco. In this lesson, I will demonstrate the rhythm part for "Boreal" at a slow tempo.

2 min
Boreal 3 - Rhythm Demo 2: At Tempo

45: Boreal 3 - Rhythm Demo 2: At Tempo

Boreal 3 - Rhythm Demo 2: At Tempo is a video guitar lesson presented by Tierra Negra and is sourced from New World Flamenco. Now I will demonstrate the rhythm part for "Boreal" at its normal tempo.

2 min
Boreal 4 - Melody Part Overview

46: Boreal 4 - Melody Part Overview

Boreal 4 - Melody Part Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Tierra Negra and is sourced from New World Flamenco. The melody for "Boreal" will start on the 4th fret. If you still have a capo on the guitar from the rhythm lesson, remove it now to play the melody.

0 min
Boreal 5 - Melody Demo: Slow Tempo

47: Boreal 5 - Melody Demo: Slow Tempo

Boreal 5 - Melody Demo: Slow Tempo is a video guitar lesson presented by Tierra Negra and is sourced from New World Flamenco. As you can see on the video, I'm using the rest stroke technique from the Melody Technique 1 lesson.

2 min
Boreal 6 - Melody Demo: At Tempo

48: Boreal 6 - Melody Demo: At Tempo

Boreal 6 - Melody Demo: At Tempo is a video guitar lesson presented by Tierra Negra and is sourced from New World Flamenco. Now I will demonstrate the "Boreal" melody at normal performance tempo.

2 min
Play Acoustic Guitar 9: Advanced Style Diversity - Conclusion

49: Play Acoustic Guitar 9: Advanced Style Diversity - Conclusion

Congratulations on completing this core course in your learning path! If you want to dig deeper or wider into the topics covered in this course, check out the recommended supplementary courses where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators.

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