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Instruments > Guitar > Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar with Andy McKee

Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar
with Andy McKee

Acoustic guitar virtuoso Andy McKee teaches his innovative fingerstyle guitar techniques in a series of online guitar lessons crafted for players of all levels. Learn Andy’s unique methods and how to play many of his original songs and imaginative covers. Students have access to hundreds of video lessons, guitar tabs, the added option to submit videos to Andy for direct feedback, & more.

Beginner to Advanced LessonsLearn Guitar Chord Melody

Percussion + Tapping TechniquesGuitar Tabs + Notation

Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar with Andy McKee

What You'll Learn


What ultimately sets these fingerstyle guitar lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Andy reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your guitar playing to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Andy. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Guitar Lessons

  • 100s of guitar lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

About Andy McKee


Andy McKee is widely considered to be one of the finest acoustic guitar players of all time. His unique style and approach to the instrument have garnered him worldwide attention, established him as a pioneer of modern acoustic music, and have put him on stage with some of the greatest musicians of all time including Prince, Dream Theater, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, and more. Most commonly known for his technical prowess, use of progressive fingerstyle methods, and soulful songwriting, Andy brings unparalleled youthful energy to his guitar performance and musical compositions. While Andy incorporates boundary-pushing techniques such as two-hand-tapping, partial capos, slap harmonics, alternate tunings, percussive hits, and more, he never loses focus on the importance of song structure and melody. Andy’s technical abilities combined with his sensibilities as a songwriter elevate him above the rest. In addition to his expertise as a performer, Andy is also a committed educator with decades of experience teaching guitar, both in-person and online. When he’s not touring the globe, Andy calls Topeka, KS his home and has been teaching at ArtistWorks since June 2022.


Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons


Guitar Fundamentals

  • Welcome to the School - Getting Started
  • How to Tune by Ear
  • Intervals & Chord Construction
  • Introduction to Altered tunings
  • Basic Playing Posture - Sitting & Standing
  • Right hand Placement & Technique
  • Left hand Technique for fretting
  • Introduction to Time Signatures (4/4, ¾, ⅞ )
  • Introduction to Polyrhythms
  • Various Ways of Attacking the Strings
  • Basic Strumming Technique
  • Tips for Practicing

Basic Guitar Lessons - Fingerstyle

  • Getting Comfortable with Alternating Bass with Thumb
  • “Dust In The Wind” - Intro
  • “Dust In The Wind” - Verse & Chorus
  • “Pacing the Cage”
  • Arpeggiating Chords
  • Carcassi“Caprice in Dm Op.59” (EADGBE) - Section A
  • Carcassi“Caprice in Dm Op.59” (EADGBE) - Section B
  • Carcassi“Caprice in Dm Op.59” (EADGBE) - Section C
  • Carcassi“Caprice in Dm Op.59” (EADGBE) - Section D
  • Carcassi “Caprice in Dm Op.59” (EADGBE) - Putting it All Together
  • Altered Tuning: CGDGBE
  • “Ouray” (CGDGBE) - Intro & Verse
  • “Ouray” (CGDGBE) - Bridge
  • “Ouray” (CGDGBE) - Putting it All Together
  • Altered Tuning C6/9 Voicing 1: CGDGAD
  • “All Laid Back and Stuff” (CGDGAD) - A Section
  • “All Laid Back and Stuff” (CGDGAD) - B Section
  • “All Laid Back and Stuff” (CGDGAD) - C Section
  • “All Laid Back and Stuff” (CGDGAD) - D Section
  • “All Laid Back and Stuff” (CGDGAD) - Putting it All Together

Basic Guitar Lessons - Tapping

  • Linear Tapping Examples (EADGBE)
  • Cross Hammer examples (DADGAD)
  • Slap harmonics (DADGAD)
  • Altered Tuning Cm11: CGEbFBbD
  • “Nocturne” (CGEbFBbD) - Verse
  • “Nocturne” (CGEbFBbD) - Tapping Section
  • “Nocturne” (CGEbFBbD) - Coda section
  • “Nocturne” (CGEbFBbD) - Putting it All Together

Intermediate Guitar Lessons - Fingerstyle

  • Altered Tuning “Drop D”: DADGBE
  • “Common Ground” (DADGBE) - Intro
  • “Common Ground” (DADGBE) - A section
  • “Common Ground” (DADGBE) - B section
  • “Common Ground” (DADGBE) - C section
  • “Common Ground” (DADGBE) - D section
  • “Common Ground” (DADGBE) - Outro
  • “Common Ground” (DADGBE) - Putting it All Together
  • Altered Tuning C6/9 Voicing 2: ECDGAD
  • “For My Father” (ECDGAD capo 3rd) - Intro
  • “For My Father” (ECDGAD capo 3rd) - A section
  • “For My Father” (ECDGAD capo 3rd) - B section
  • “For My Father” (ECDGAD capo 3rd) - C section
  • “For My Father” (ECDGAD capo 3rd) - Bridge & Solo
  • “For My Father” (ECDGAD capo 3rd) - Outro
  • “For My Father” (ECDGAD capo 3rd) - Putting it All Together
  • Altered Tuning - Down a Whole Step: DGCFAD
  • “Heather’s Song” (DGCFAD) - Intro
  • “Heather’s Song” (DGCFAD) - Verse
  • “Heather’s Song” (DGCFAD) - Chorus
  • “Heather’s Song” (DGCFAD) - Bridge
  • “Heather’s Song” (DGCFAD) - Outro & Variations
  • “Heather’s Song” (DGCFAD) - Putting it All Together
  • Carcassi “Etude No.7, Op.60” (EADGBE) - A Section
  • Carcassi “Etude No.7, Op.60” (EADGBE) - B Section
  • Carcassi “Etude No.7, Op.60” (EADGBE) - C Section
  • Carcassi “Etude No.7, Op.60” (EADGBE) - D Section
  • Carcassi “Etude No.7, Op.60” (EADGBE) - Ending Section
  • Carcassi “Etude No.7, Op.60” (EADGBE) - Putting it All Together

Intermediate Guitar Lessons - Tapping

  • Introduction to Percussion on Acoustic Guitar
  • Altered Tuning Dsus4: DADGAD
  • “Drifting” (DADGAD) - Intro
  • “Drifting” (DADGAD) - A Section
  • “Drifting” (DADGAD) - B Section
  • “Drifting” (DADGAD) - C Section
  • “Drifting” (DADGAD) - Strumming Section
  • “Drifting” (DADGAD) - Putting it All Together
  • Altered Tuning Bsus2: BF#C#F#BF#
  • “7-14” (BF#C#F#BF#) - A Section
  • “7-14” (BF#C#F#BF#) - B Section
  • “7-14” (BF#C#F#BF#) - C Section
  • “7-14” (BF#C#F#BF#) - D Section
  • “7-14” (BF#C#F#BF#) - Putting it All Together
  • Altered Tuning C6/9 Voicing 3: CGDGAC
  • “Clockshop” (CGDGAC) - A Section
  • “Clockshop” (CGDGAC) - B Section
  • “Clockshop” (CGDGAC) - C Section
  • “Clockshop” (CGDGAC) - D Section
  • “Clockshop” (CGDGAC) - A Section Variations
  • “Clockshop” (CGDGAC) - Ending
  • “Clockshop” (CGDGAC) - Putting it All Together

Advanced Guitar Lessons - Fingerstyle

  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - Intro
  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - A Section
  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - B Section
  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - A Section Variations
  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - B Section Variations
  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - C Section
  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - D Section
  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - Outro
  • “Ebon Coast” (DGCFAD) - Putting it All Together
  • Altered Tuning: ECDGAD with Partial Capo on 5th Fret
  • “Rylynn” (ECDGAD partial capo 5th) - Intro
  • “Rylynn” (ECDGAD partial capo 5th) - Verse
  • “Rylynn” (ECDGAD partial capo 5th) - Chorus
  • “Rylynn” (ECDGAD partial capo 5th) - Verse Recap
  • “Rylynn” (ECDGAD partial capo 5th) - Bridge Part 1
  • “Rylynn” (ECDGAD partial capo 5th) - Bridge Part 2
  • “Rylynn” (ECDGAD partial capo 5th) - Outro
  • “Rylynn” (ECDGAD partial capo 5th) - Putting it All Together
  • Arranging Songs for Solo Guitar
  • Altered Tuning Open D6: DADF#BD
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Intro
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Verse
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Chorus
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Intro & Verse Variations
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Bridge
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Harmonic Section
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Solo
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Chorus Variation
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (DADF#BD) - Putting it All Together

Advanced Guitar Lessons - Tapping

  • Altered Tuning - Dsus4: DGDGAD Capo 2nd Fret
  • “Africa” (DGDGAD Capo 2nd Fret) - Intro
  • “Africa” (DGDGAD Capo 2nd Fret) - Verse
  • “Africa” (DGDGAD Capo 2nd Fret) - Chorus
  • “Africa” (DGDGAD Capo 2nd Fret) - Verse Variation
  • “Africa” (DGDGAD Capo 2nd Fret) - Keyboard Solo
  • “Africa” (DGDGAD Capo 2nd Fret) - Chorus Variation
  • “Africa” (DGDGAD Capo 2nd Fret) - Putting it All Together
  • Altered Tuning C6/9 Voicing 4: CCDGAD
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - A Section
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - B Section
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - A Section Variations
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - C Section
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - D Section
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - E Section
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - A Section Variations Recap
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - F Section
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - A Section Simplification
  • “Aerial Boundaries” (CCDGAD) - Putting it All Together

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