Acoustic Versatility: Core Skills

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Austin Filingo

The acoustic guitar may seem like a very one-dimensional instrument, but with the correct techniques, it can be expanded to truly become a versatile instrument that provides a wide range of colors, tones, and feels. Let's join Austin Filingo as he breaks down the skills required to unlock your acoustic playing and achieve a new level of versatility!

20 Lessons

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Full Course Breakdown

Austin will cover a wide range of skills that are aimed at expanding our knowledge of the acoustic guitar. Each exciting lesson will contain a new skill and a practice session to help get them under our fingers to truly expand our acoustic versatility!


Introduction to: Acoustic Versatility

Austin Filingo introduces us to, 'Acoustic Versatility: Core Skills'!

1:51 Runtime

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Right Hand Placement - The Art to Acoustic Guitar

Let's get underway as Austin discusses the all-important right-hand, which is as important as the left in regards to creating a versatile acoustic sound.

16:04 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Picking and Hybrid Picking

Should we play with a pick or our fingers? The answer is both. In this lesson, Austin will highlight some great hybrid picking techniques with a fun Swing-styled chord progression.

19:24 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Harmonics with Your Right Hand

Harmonics can add a layer of finesse to our playing. Here, Austin will cover some techniques to incorporate our right hand into the harmonic mix and expand our knowledge beyond the standard open harmonic positions!

23:24 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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Strength and Speed Challenge

Strength and speed are essential to attributes to versatile playing. In this lesson, Austin presents us with a challenging exercise using a two-octave G-major scale.

17:14 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Embellishments - Left Hand Strength

A strong left hand can help create clear and confident notes that allow for great embellishments in our playing. Here, Austin shows us a great trilling exercise to help develop our left hand strength!

17:54 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Open String Horizontal Licks

Open string licks not only sound great, but can also be a great way to traverse the fretboard. Here's a great pedaling horizontal lick that really captures a classic-rock feel.

17:57 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Open String Vertical Licks

Now let's cover open-stringed vertical licks with this fun descending lick!

17:43 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty



One of the common embelishments that we'll run into are bends. Here, Austin provides us with a bluesy lick that uses bends to cover a lot of real estate on the fretboard!

18:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Capos - Where, When, and Why

Capos are one way that we can effortlessly embellish our sound to create unique tones and textures. In this next lesson, Austin will highlight a few different capo positions over a single backing track to create different feels within the song.

7:59 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Phrasing - Using Only a Few Notes

It doesn't take much to steer the feeling, color, or melody of a song. In this lesson, Austin highlights a minimalist phrasing technique utilizing very few notes.

18:58 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Phrasing and Fitting Chord Changes

It doesn't take much to steer the feeling, color, or melody of a song. In this lesson, Austin highlights a minimalist phrasing technique utilizing very few notes.

16:28 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Rhythmic Displacement With Phrasing

Displacing our notes rhythmically throughout a piece can create an interesting ebb and flow in our phrasing. In this next lesson, Austin will highlight this technique over a familiar backing track.

15:16 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Rhythmic Patterns With Phrasing

We've all heard the term "in the pocket", but what does that actually mean as a guitarist? Here, Austin covers this topic and provides us with a rhythmic phrasing exercise to help us find and stay in "the pocket"!

20:47 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Targeting I IV V Chord Positions On the Neck

It's time to open up the fretboard a bit with this pleasant chording exercise that highlights the I, IV, and V positions!

20:50 Runtime

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Targeting I IV V Scales/Modes On the Neck

Let's take our I, IV, and V positional knowledge to the next level with this exercise covering the scales and modes of those positions.

22:01 Runtime

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Targeting I IV V Arpeggios On the Neck

Closing out our section on the I, IV, V, here Austin will help us to relate these chord positions to their accompanying arpeggios!

15:42 Runtime

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Making Arpeggios Musical

Arpeggios are a fun and useful trick, but how can we make them musical? In this next lesson, Austin will highlight some of his techniques for creating musical arpeggios!

15:38 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Chromatics with Bebop Scales

Bebop Scales can be moved chromatically on the fretboard due to the inclusion of passing tones in the scale. Here, Austin will highlight the use of these scales with a droning chord exercise where we can try our hand at incorporating these useful scales from the Bebop Era of Jazz.

21:03 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Chromatics Using Two Strings

Congratulations! You've arrived at the final lesson of the course! To close things out, Austin will share a great sounding two-string chromatic lick.

22:59 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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