How to Get the Best Tone from your Acoustic Guitar

Achieve increased volume, more fundamental, and a richer sound

Fingerstyle master Alex de Grassi demonstrates how to get the best tone, and more volume, from your acoustic guitar using the “preloaded free stroke.” His lesson also includes a brief overview of other right hand fingerpicking techniques, the free stroke and rest stroke.

Alex de Grassi is a long-time Elixir® Strings endorsing artist, acclaimed acoustic guitar virtuoso, stylistic innovator, music educator and author. Learn more at

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

I get more volume, a balanced sound, and my strings last longer when I use Elixir Phosphor Bronze Strings.” Alex de Grassi

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