Learn to create dynamic accompaniment parts in any setting in this online course led by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, author of numerous books and videos for guitarists, and staff instructor at Ashokan Guitar Camp.

When you’re playing guitar behind vocals, you can do so much more than simply strum the chords and keep the time. In this course, you’ll learn how to add variety and power to your accompaniment using partial chords, power chords, bass lines, muting, percussive effects, cross-picking, alternate tunings, and more.

The course is based on the book/video series Beyond Strumming, which Chris Eldridge of Punch Brothers calls "a great resource for people looking to play songs in new ways."

Advance registration is required, and space is limited. The cost is $120 for six sessions. Order the Beyond Strumming book/video along with your registration and save 20 percent off the book's regular price, with free shipping (within the U.S. only).


May 13 to June 17: Beyond Strumming
Six Wednesdays, 8 to 9 p.m. EDT, online on Zoom

How online sessions work

  • When you register, you'll receive a link for attending the live meeting through the easy-to-use Zoom video conferencing platform.
  • During the session, you'll have opportunities to ask questions.
  • A recording of each session will be available afterward for you to review, along with links to any files that were shared.
  • You'll also have access to a private Facebook group, the Words and Music Lounge, for continuing the conversation and staying in contact with fellow guitarists.

Questions? Email Jeffrey