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Whether you're just starting out or have been playing guitar for years, Peghead Nation has courses to help you develop your playing and song repertoire. From beginning to advanced guitar lessons with some of the finest players and instructors in roots music, you can delve into bluegrass, fingerstyle, flatpicking, Celtic, roots backup, and other styles, building your repertoire of tunes and filling out your toolbox of techniques as you go. See introduction videos of all of our guitar courses below, and check out free sample lessons as well. Enjoy!


 

Learn to play guitar from scratch and sing some of your favorite songs with simple but powerful chords and strum patterns. Includes 24 great songs to play, with chord and lyric sheets.


 

 

Learn the essential techniques of roots and bluegrass rhythm guitar by playing classic and contemporary songs, with flatpicking technique tips and strums, bass runs, and fills to play.


 

 

Learn great traditional and original tunes in a variety of styles—old-time, bluegrass, Latin, jazz, and more—from a modern mandolin master.


 

 

Become a complete blues player through these lessons in country blues fingerpicking, blues lead guitar, and bottleneck slide, with great technique lessons and 25 blues songs from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and more.


 

 

Learn to play fingerstyle from the beginning, from traditional Travis-picking tunes to contemporary song accompaniment and more, with acclaimed performer, teacher, and entertainer Stevie Coyle.


 

 

Learn the essential techniques of bluegrass flatpicking guitar through classic and lesser-known songs and tunes, from bluegrass blues to old-time fiddle tunes to country swing sounds.


 

 

Learn to play fingerstyle blues, with a bottleneck slide and without, through songs from blues legends Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Tampa Red, Blind Willie Johnson, and more. Includes 32 extensive video lessons and 25 complete fingerstyle blues songs to play.


 

Roots of Jazz Guitar with Matt Munisteri

 

Learn to play the 1920s and ’30s chord melody and rhythm guitar styles of Eddie Lang, Nick Lucas, Freddie Green, Carl Kress, and other early jazz greats. With chord melody solos to popular swing melodies, advanced rhythm guitar techniques, and acoustic jazz picking techniques.


 

Celtic Guitar with Tony McManus

 

Learn to play reels, jigs, airs, and other traditional forms, both fingerstyle and with a flatpick. Celtic guitar master Tony McManus walks you through melodies and shows you how to bring tunes to life with the ornamentation that defines Irish and Scottish traditional music.


 

Advanced Fingerstyle Workshop with Teja Gerken

 

Meet 15 of the best players in the international fingerstyle guitar community, as they demonstrate their techniques, playing styles, and signature tunes.


 

Weekly Guitar Workout with Scott Nygaard

 

This series of exercises will help guitarists learn the fingerboard and expand their knowledge of chord and scale theory, with handy tips on picking and fretting techniques that will improve their sound. Includes 100 workouts.


 

Guitar Chord Theory with Mark Goldenberg

 

Learn guitar chord theory in-depth with Mark Goldenberg, one of the most respected touring and session guitarists around and a student of the legendary Ted Greene. You'll explore basic major and minor chord inversions all over the neck and on all string sets, as well as wide-triad voicings; harmonized major scales; major, minor, and dominant seventh-chord voicings; and more.


 

GUITAR PERFORMANCES

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Steve Baughman: “Hard Times”


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Martin Simpson: “Trouble Brought Me Here”


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Mike Compton and Joe Newberry, “Please Baby”


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Tony McManus: “Roslin Castle/Vigo”



GUITAR DEMOS

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Fender Redondo Special


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Preston Thompson 0000-14JMS


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Taylor 514ce


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Huss and Dalton TD-M



GUITAR PRATTLE

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Keep Going!


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The New Cosmic Cowboy


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One Course — $20/month or $200/year
Two Courses — $30/month or $300/year
Access to All Courses — $100/month

Peghead Nation’s String School is your source for roots music instruction, bringing you full courses in guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, fiddle, and Dobro, featuring talented instructors, high-quality video instruction, accurate notation and tab, and fun songs to play right from the beginning. Enroll and become a Peghead today!





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Jul 14, 2018
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