Guitar
 
Guitar Methods 7447
 
Fingerpicking 13449
 
Flamenco 13441
 
Flatpicking 13443
 
Latin 13452
 
Resonator 13445
 
Rock & Blues 13446
 
Slide/Bottleneck 13448
 
Guitar: Fingerpicking 7472
 
Method 13293
 
Solos 13294
 
Tunebook 13295
 
Guitar: Flatpicking 7422
 
Method 13366
 
Solos 13367
 
Tunebook 13368
 
Guitar: Latin 7512
 
Method 13402
 
Solo 13403
 
Guitar: Resonator 7432
 
Method 13400
 
Solos 13414
 
Tunebook 13415
 
 
Chord 13074
 
Method 13075
 
Solos 13076
 
Tunebooks 13077
 
 
Banjo
 
Banjo: 5-String 7330
 
Chord 12923
 
Method 12924
 
Solos and Duets 12925
 
Tunebook 12926
 
Banjo: Clawhammer 7337
 
Chord 12936
 
Method 12937
 
Solos and Duets 12938
 
Tunebook 12939
 
Banjo:Tenor 7340
 
Chord 12941
 
Method 12942
 
Solos and Duets 12943
 
Tunebook 12944
 
 
Dulcimer
 
Dulcimer: Hammered 7371
 
Chord 12994
 
Method 12995
 
Solos 12996
 
Dulcimer: Mountain 7375
 
Chord 12998
 
Method 12999
 
Solos 13000
 
 
Harmonica
 
Harmonica: Chromatic 7516
 
Blues Harp 13082
 
Method 13062
 
Solos 13063
 
Harmonica: Diatonic 7517
 
Blues Harp 7518
 
Method 13065
 
Solos 13066
 
Tunebooks 13067
 
 
 
 
Piano
 
Method 13124
 
Organ 13123
 
Solos 13125
 
Songbooks 13126
 
 
Method 13143
 
Solos 13144
 
Tunebooks 13145
 
 
Ukulele
 
 
Other
 
Accordion 7308
 
Concertina 7311
 
Melodeon 12914
 
Piano Accordion 7309
 
Bassoon 7352
 
Cello 7353
 
Duet/Ensemble 12952
 
Method 12953
 
Solos 12954
 
Tunebook 12955
 
Clarinet 7361
 
Method 12957
 
Solos and Duets 12958
 
Tunebook 12959
 
Flute, Fife and Oboe 7395
 
Fife 13034
 
Method 13028
 
Oboe 13035
 
Solos 13029
 
Tunebook 13030
 
French Horn 7405
 
Other String Acoustic 7561
 
Bajo Sexto 7562
 
Bowed Psaltery 7567
 
Charango 7563
 
Guitarron 7564
 
Lute 7565
 
Oud 7566
 
Sitar 7568
 
Tres 7569
 
Vihuela 7570
 
String Bass 7592
 
Tin Whistle 7596
 
Duets 13162
 
Method 13163
 
Solos 13164
 
Tunebooks 13165
 
Viola 7611
 
Method 13195
 
Solos 13196
 
Tunebooks 13197
 
Violin 7612
 
Method 13201
 
Solos 13202
 
Tunebooks 13203
 
 
 
 
 
Country
 
 
 
Gospel
 
 
Jazz
 
 
 
 
Ragtime
 
 
 
French
 
 
Spanish
 

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3/4-size guitar
A smaller than normal guitar with shorter strings and less space between frets.

action
A term referring to the height of the strings above the frets and fretboard.

altered and open tunings
The result of changing the tuning of one or more strings from standard EADGBE.

alternate picking
Picking in alternate directions (down-up-down-up).

arpeggio
A broken chord, usually played evenly low to high and back again.

arrangement
The setting of an original or standard tune for a given solo instrument or group of instruments

barre chord
From the French term barré. The technique of placing the left hand index finger over two to six strings in the fingering of a chord. The great advantage of using barre chords is that they are "moveable shapes" that can be applied at practically any fret.

bending
The act of pushing or pulling a string sideways across the a fret to raise the pitch of a note by a half to full tone or more. Used extensively in rock and blues playing as well as in jazz.

capo
A mechanical barre that attaches to the neck of a guitar by means of a string, spring, elastic or nylon band, or a lever and thumbscrew arrangement. The capo can be used to raise the key of a song to suit a vocalist as well as to lower the action and shorten the string length.

chord
Three or more notes sounded simultaneously.

chorus (of a tune)
Strictly speaking, the portion of a song lyric or melody that is repeated, often with other voices joining in. In jazz improvisation, however, "playing a chorus" would mean taking a turn improvising over the tune's chords progression.

closed voicing
The term "voicing" refers to the vertical arrangement of the notes of a given chord. "Closed voicing" places the member notes as close together as possible, no matter the inversion as opposed to "open voicing" which spreads the member notes of the chord at larger intervals.

cutaway
A concave area generally in the upper right bout of a normal right-hand guitar that allows the player easier access to the high frets.

dropped-D tuning
The practice of lowering the sixth string (E) by a whole tone, one octave lower than the fourth string.

finger picks
Banjo-style picks that fingerstyle guitarists use when playing steel-string instruments.

fingerstyle
Playing with the fingernails or fingertips with or without fingerpicks as opposed to playing with a flatpick.

flatpick
A triangular or teardrop-shaped piece of nylon or plastic used to pluck or strum guitar strings. Flatpicks are available in a large variety of shapes, sizes, and thickness.

footstool
A small adjustable stool used to raise the height of the guitar.

hammer-on
A note sounded literally by "hammering" down with a left hand finger, often performed in conjunction with a note first plucked by the right hand on the same string.

harmonics
Chime-like sounds achieved in two ways: 1) natural harmonics - by touching a string at any equidistant division of the string length (typically 5th, 7th, and 12th fret), directly above the fret with left hand, and striking hard with the right-hand fingers or pick near the bridge where there is more string resistance; or 2) artificial harmonics - touching a string with the index finger of the right hand twelve frets higher than any fretted note and plucking the string with either the thumb or third finger of the right hand.

interval
The distance between two notes.

inversion
Structuring a chord with a note other than the root as the lowest note.

lead guitar
The part played by a guitar soloist in a rock band

modulate
To change keys within a piece of music

open voicing
A manner of chord construction in which the member notes are broadly separated. See closed voicing above.

pentatonic scale
A five-tone scale used often in rock.

picking
Plucking or producing a sound on the guitar in general, either with the fingers or a flatpick. Sometimes refers to playing a single-note melody line.

p i m a
letters derived from the Spanish names for the fingers of the right hand: pulgar (thumb), indice (index), medio (middle), and anular (ring). Used to indicate fingering.

plectrum
Another name for a flatpick.

positions
A reference to placement of the left hand index finger at various frets.

power chord
A chord consisting of the first (root), fifth and eighth degree (octave) of the scale. Power chords are typically used in playing rock music.

pull-off
The opposite of a hammer-on. Performed by plucking a note with a finger on a higher note and pulling parallel to the fret to sound a lower note on the same string.

rhythm guitar
Rhythmic strumming of chord backup for a lead player, singer, or ensemble.

setup
The adjustment of the action of a guitar for optimal playing characteristics.

slide
A plastic or glass tube placed over the third or fourth finger of the left hand and used to play "slide" or glissando effects in rock and blues and other forms of traditional music.

standard tuning
The guitar is generally tuned EADGBE low to high.

string winder
A swivel device with a handle with a fixture that fits over the tuning keys.

strumming
Performed with a pick or the fingers. Generally consists of brushing across 2-6 strings in a rhythmic up and down fashion appropriate to the tune being played.

tablature or tab
A system of writing music for fretted instruments whereby a number or letter appears on lines representing the strings, indicating the fret to be played.

transcription
To write a solo, note for note, off of a recording.

transpose
To change the key of a piece of music by a specific interval.

tremolo
A technique performed with either a very rapid down-up movement of the pick or a pami plucking of the fingers.

triad
A three-note chord.

tuner
An electronic tuning device.

vibrato
To vibrate by slightly altering a pitch higher and lower.

voicing
The arrangement of the member notes of a chord, or placement of the melody or bass line within a harmonic progression.