Sam Bell - Acoustic 101

Welcome to Sam Bell - Acoustic 101, a comprehensive and engaging guitar lesson series brought to you by These lessons, taught by the talented Sam Bell, are designed for guitarists looking to enhance their acoustic playing skills through in-depth tutorials and practical demonstrations. The course is divided into two main lessons, each focusing on essential techniques and performance elements that will elevate your playing to new heights.

Lesson 1: Fundamental Techniques

In Lesson 1, Sam Bell introduces a range of fundamental acoustic guitar techniques, providing a solid foundation for any aspiring guitarist. Each technique is demonstrated and explained in detail, ensuring that you understand both the mechanics and musical context.


Finger-picking is a crucial technique for any acoustic guitarist. In this lesson, Sam covers various finger-picking patterns, emphasising the importance of independence between the thumb and fingers. This technique enhances your ability to play intricate melodies and bass lines simultaneously, making your playing more versatile and expressive.

Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs

Learning hammer-ons and pull-offs is essential for creating smooth, legato passages in your playing. Sam demonstrates these techniques with practical examples, showing how they can add fluidity and speed to your solos and riffs. Mastering these will improve your ability to play connected notes without re-picking each one, giving your playing a more professional sound.


Slides are another fundamental technique that can add expressiveness to your playing. Sam explains how to execute slides correctly, moving between notes with a smooth, gliding motion. This technique is particularly useful for transitioning between chords and adding a vocal-like quality to your solos.

Lesson 2: Advanced Techniques and Performance

Lesson 2 builds on the basics covered in the first lesson, introducing more advanced techniques and demonstrating them within the context of a performance. This approach helps you see how these techniques can be applied in real musical situations, enhancing your learning experience.

Travis Picking

Travis picking is a style of finger-picking that involves alternating bass notes with melody lines, creating a rich, full sound. Sam breaks down this technique, making it accessible even if you're new to finger-picking. Understanding Travis picking will greatly expand your ability to play complex, multi-layered pieces.

Arpeggiated Chord Progressions

In this segment, Sam delves into arpeggiated chord progressions, teaching you how to break down chords into individual notes played in succession. This technique is widely used in various genres, from classical to folk, and helps create a flowing, melodic accompaniment. Learning arpeggiated chord progressions will enhance your ability to create intricate, beautiful music on the guitar.

Hybrid Picking

Hybrid picking combines the use of a pick and fingers to pluck the strings, offering a versatile way to approach both rhythm and lead playing. Sam explains the mechanics of hybrid picking, demonstrating how it can be used to achieve a wide range of tones and textures. Mastering this technique will make your playing more dynamic and versatile.

Performance Context

Seeing these techniques applied in a performance context is incredibly beneficial. Sam Bell performs pieces that incorporate the techniques taught, allowing you to see how they function in a real musical setting. This not only reinforces your learning but also inspires you to apply these techniques creatively in your own playing. Watching a skilled guitarist like Sam perform helps you understand the musicality and expression behind each technique, making your practice more purposeful and engaging.

Techniques Covered

By the end of Sam Bell - Acoustic 101, you will have a comprehensive understanding of these essential techniques and how to apply them in your playing. Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your skills, these lessons will provide valuable insights and practical knowledge to help you become a more proficient and expressive guitarist. Start your journey with Sam Bell today and take your acoustic playing to the next level!

About The Tutor

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Sam Bell

Sam Bell has been playing guitar from the age of 4, since then he has played many styles from Funky Blues to screaming Metal/Fusion on 8 string guitar. A member of UK tech metal band ‘Mask of Judas’, he is also currently writing his own solo instrumental album. He also...

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