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The 12 String Guitar of Roger McGuinn

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10 Videos | Length: 54min 46sec
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  • Introduction 2:44

    Introduction

    Roger opens the course with a song , introduces himself, and tells you what you will learn.

  • Tuning Up 3:06

    Tuning Up

    Roger tunes up his guitar and gets ready to rock

  • Playing Chords on the Rickenbacker 2:17

    Playing Chords on the Rickenbacker

    Roger dives into plying some chords on his 12-string Rickenbacker.

  • Mr. Tambourine Man 3:07

    Mr. Tambourine Man

    In this video, Roger discusses and demonstrates "Mr. Tambourine Man,"includeing the highlighting the way he achieves ringing sustain with the use of finger-picks and flatpick.

  • Turn! Turn! Turn! 11:08

    Turn! Turn! Turn!

    Roger shows banjo-like rolls, double-time picking and other techniques from this folk classic.

  • Eight Miles High 3:45

    Eight Miles High

    Roger dives into blues scales, single string bends, and up-and-down picking for the dynamic solo of the song "Eight Miles High".

  • Changing Strings 15:11

    Changing Strings

    Roger demonstrates how he changes the strings on his guitar.

  • Acoustic 12-String 4:14

    Acoustic 12-String

    Roger pulls out his acoustic 12-string and plays a song.

  • Martin D12-45 5:44

    Martin D12-45

    Martin discusses the guitar he is playing (a Martin D12-45) and plays the song "Mr. Spaceman".

  • Studio Techniques 3:30

    Studio Techniques

    In this final video, Roger talks about his advice for playing, guitar maintenance, recording preferences, and more!

Product Overview


In this vintage Homespun video series, discover the signature sound of Roger McGuinn's Rickenbacker electric 12-string guitar, and be immersed in the music that made legendary musical group The Byrds a prime musical force.

Now you can learn to play favorites from his powerful repertoire, and master the licks and guitar techniques that made his sound instantly recognizable.

Roger plays, sings and analyzes his version of Mr. Tamborine Man, Turn, Turn, Turn, Eight Miles High, Mr. Spaceman and other songs, complete with instruction in the blues scales, picking styles, bass lines and runs and other important techniques.

As a bonus, you’ll also get detailed advice on basic 12-string maintenance, recording preferences and other "insider" tips.


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