A' Talks: Alan shares his knowledge and insights about playing acoustic guitar through various articles. He talks about how to approach learning to play the guitar and shares helpful tips about how to tune, clean and purchase guitars. You'll also find articles about playing techniques and styles, including some of the most detailed info on the web about open and modal tunings.
Books That Help: Here are links to all the best books I personally know of ... some come as personal favorites that are referred by friends. You'll find books about purchasing, tuning, and/or maintaining guitars, books about alternate tunings, books about playing 12-string guitar, books about theory, medical info for players ... and more -- including instructional books for children.
Cool Tools: Here's where to go for chord charts, chord-finders and note-finders, string gauge charts, an internet tuner, info about the different types of woods that are used to build guitars, PDF manuals for Fishman guitar pickup systems, links to sites with free lessons ... and lots more.
Sites & Resources: This is the link to click for web sites that offer free lessons ... retail items ... and links to all the cool stuff - like Alaska Picks ... TablEdit ... The Third-Hand Capo ... PDF manuals for Fishman guitar pickup systems, PDF copies of the Blue Books (acoustic & electric guitars), and guitar repair & how-to sites.
firstname.lastname@example.org: If you're a beginner at playing acoustic guitar, here's where you can get TONS of great help, instruction, and encouragement from some very experienced players! Join up ... toss a question to the group and just see what happens! If you're an experienced player, here's where you can have some fun sharing your experience with others who can appreciate it. You'll see me there nearly every day - I'm the Group Moderator -- all first-time posts are screened by me before appearing to the group, in the interest of maintaining an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone to share guitar related stuff without any annoying "hecklers" or spammers.
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email@example.com: This is my "other" favorite newsgroup on the web ... and an equally friendly and cool group of players. Same as above, this group is for beginners, to advanced players ... only the focus here is on fingerstyle guitar playing. That means playing with two or more fingers on the right hand (rather than using a flatpick), including the use of fingerpicks, playing Classical or Flamenco styles, etc.