Here’s a great Acoustic Guitar Video on Youtube by Antoine Dufour, extremely funky and percussive, It’s called Drac and Friends
And if you liked that, check out this: Antoine Dufour Acoustic Guitar
Here’s a great Acoustic Guitar Video on Youtube by Antoine Dufour, extremely funky and percussive, It’s called Drac and Friends
And if you liked that, check out this: Antoine Dufour Acoustic Guitar
Here is a very interesting Acoustic Guitar video of a guitar player by the name of Justin King using acoustic guitar tapping techniques. Justin has an album called Bleu. To hear samples of Justins music, go to the website at the following address, Justin King
To hear another brilliant contemporary acoustic guitar players go to Acoustic Guitar Player, go to Antoin Dufour
I first heard this tune by Everlast called What it’s like, a few years back when a guitar stdent I had said he wanted to learn it. It’s very simple and that in itself is a great lesson in music. The lesson being is that many players over complicate music, why complicate something just to be clever. I like this tune, it’s a handful of chords, the guitar part is seventy-ish but the vocal line and rhythm is sot of 90’s. It’s a Dm chord at the beginning, do a bit of ear training and work out the rest. Note the slide up when he plays the middle bit.
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A week or so back I was standing in sa book shop in Byron Bay and this song came on and I was dumb-struck for a few minutes, I couldn’t leave until it was over. Bob Dylan with his signature harp sound and 12 fret to the body parlor guitar. I am not sure if it has the same affect on people that never grew up with this song. It’s beauitiful in itsrawness, what I like is the story telling lyric which pulls you in. It’s another few chord wonder.
For another great old video check out Led Zeppelin Acoustic
Tony Melendez, I salute you and am humbled
I’m writing this article not as an advertisement, this blog site doesn’t advertise. A few years back a friend sent me two CD’s by a man called Steven Walters. Quite frankly I will unashamedly say he is the Worlds Best at what he does. He is a singer songwriter who plays a Gurian Guitar ( I’ve got one two) , his music is from the same sort of stream as James Taylor etc , great simple guitar and a beautiful voice, it’s very gentle style and the lyrics are Eastern in thought. But don’t let that get in your way, this guy is sensible, non-preachy and if you let his music wash over you when you listen to it, it can be very uplifting.
One album is called So Many Blessings, in a way very soothing and could be used by people as healing music, for listening when you want the world to feel a bit sweeter or are suffering in some way. If you click the link you can check out his samples recommend you listen to the song called Nothing Less than Everything
I hope Steven does mind me rating his music so highly on the Web, his music is not ego based. I don’t even know the guy apart from once emailing him to let him know how good his music is.
This is the first time I’ve posted a youtube to this guitar blog that didn’t have an acoustic guitar in it but I couldn’t resist this one with Bela Fleck the contemporary banjo player playing banjo. Bela Fleck has worked with numerass Bluegrass and NewGrass (modern Bluegrass that ventures out a little more) and he has also worked with a number of World Musicians, such as Vishwan Mohan Bhatt. In keeping with my policy at my sites, I’m not going to stick with one style of music because it’s possible to inspired from numerous styles.
This version of Mediteranean Sundance played by Al Di Meola Paco De Lucia John McLaughlin is fantastic. I saw them play it live over 20 years ago and it’s interesting to see how the tune has developed over that period of time. To see three virtuosos playing together and there being enough musical glue for each of them to retain their individuality but find a meeting point is a wonder in itself. The only thing better than two guitars is three….in the right hands.
John Renbourn the British guitarist has been at the forefront of acoustic fingerstyle guitar for many years now, he is a former member of the band Pentangle, and recored some extraordinary music with American Guitar Player / Historian Stefan Grossman.
This youtube has him doing Sandwood down to Kyle, it’s in DADGAD tuning, the tuning that Davey Graham made famous and Pierre Bensusan has mastered.
To see Grossman an Renbourn performing he jazz standard Round Midnight click the link
Grossman and Renbourn Youtube
Who is the worlds best guitar player?
Somebody asked in one of my surveys the other day whether I was the worlds best guitar player. It always makes me laugh because the idea of anyone being the best guitar player in the world really depends on who is deciding. Ánd as I’ve stated before in other articles, it’s not about how brilliant you are it’s about waht you get out of it. There are always going to be players arguing about McLaughlin, Brij Bhushan Kabra, Pat Martino, John Williams and the greats that have moved on like Hendrix or Segovia but how do you compare players of different styles, what criteria do you use for judging,… and in the end music is about feelings isn’t it, not about being flashy so that handful of players will say you are fantastic and everyone else says ‘That doesn’t even sound like music.
I wrote a great article about this very topic last year.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel inspired many pop and folk singers to run out and buy an acoustic guitar. To watch Paul Simon develop as a musician over the years is a music lesson in itself. Graceland, the song has possibly one of the best lyric lines ever “the Mississipi Delta is shinng like a National Guitar”.
Credit where it’s due, Paul Simon has helped shape contemporary music. Lefty by Art Garfunkel is one of my all time favourite vocal albums, I’m surprised it never had massive success.
If you like Acoustic Blues, I’d recommend that you check out this Laurence Juber Youtube Video. It’s rather soulful. You may or may not know Laurence Juber. He has a member of Paul McCartney’s Wings. One very iinteresting thing about his style is he plays fingerstyle with no nails. He is very well respected amongst agoustic guitar players and held in very high regard, I’m not surprised. Unfotrtunately I am not sure who the double bass player my apologies on this matter as it is nce to respect the contribution of all players.
Here is a link to Laurence Jubers site.
For some other Blues Guitar check out Stefan Grossman playing an acoustic blues tutorial
Where do you go to my lovely when you’re alone in your bed by Peter Sarstedt If you remember this song you’ll know why I’ve posted it. I’ve decided to post a couple of nostalgic Youtubes, songs that stand up by themselves that buskers and solo acoustic guitar players and singers would perform. As a soloist it’s always a brilliant tune to throw in every now and then. No, it’s not part of the Hippy Songs of the Seventies because everyone could relate to it. The story line is fantastic, very cutting I guess but very likeable. Note: this tune was from 1969.
There are a couple of videos going around, this one is a touch short but I think is more beautiful than another more recent one.
At a guess that looks like an old Eko guitar.
Also, here is the other version
You may also like this San Francisco
Acoustic Guitar song by Don Maclean
Don Maclean arrived on the commercial music scene with his simple guitar and voice in the early seventies. His ability to paint pictures with his lyrics and tell a tale like a true baladeer is second to none. This song is perfect in every way and any one that has bothered to learn and play the tune would have probably seen the brilliance in the simplicity of it.
The Kinks were very famous in the sixties and seventies, often people only think of the song Lola, love it or hate it. There was a song that I heard in the late sixties that would always make me turn up the radio. The main rhythm part is on acoustic guitar, but there are some brilliant little guitar lines going on in the background if you take the time to listen closely and some very nice harmonies and oohs filling up the music-scape. If you missed this song because your grandparents or parents had poor taste in music, it’s worth a listen and would definitely go onto my ‘Best of The Sixties’ album if I were permitted to do a compilation.
To hear another classic song, do yourself a favour, don’t forget your kaftan
Most guitar players have heard of Lighning Hopkins, Muddy Waters, B B King, Robert Johnson but one legendary player that may have slipped past you is Mance Lipscomb. This tune is the Classic Baby Please Don’t Go.
If you’d like to see Lightning Hopkins doing classic acoustic blues guitar go to:
This youtube video of Jack Johnson is so refreshing to hear, he plays just what’s necessary, simple acoustic rhythm guitar that holds the songs together. Uncomplicated, melodic, a great lesson for us all when we take it all too seriously and need to come to basics of why we play music. The tune is called Better Together, if you know the name of the harp player please let me know, it’s great accompaniment and it’s an injustice not to mention the harp player.
To see Jack Johnson and Ben Harper together, go to Jack Johnson and Ben Harper
I don’t usually include many nylon stringers in my posts, but this is worth hearing if you haven’t heard it. It is Jose Gonzalez the Swedish born musician of Argentian descent. The song is called Heartbeats. He’s capoed up at fret one, it’s extremely beautiful, played perfectly and is the vocal line works well against the guitar part.
I first became aware of the guitar player Kaki King when I read a Frets magazine a couple of years back, it had an article about her, in it they said she was one of the most interesting guitarists since Michael Hedges, that was enough for me to take notice. Her technique is worth watching, it’s unconventional but that’s how music forges ahead, throw the rule book out of the window. This youtube video of her is very good and the tune stands up, she’s playing an Ovation guitar. The Ovations came to the fore in the mid seventies because they were one of the best acoustics to you in a live situation. For me, this tune is a little Hedgesish (as in Michael Hedges style).
You may not be familiar with ani diFranco. This youTube video is of Ani plaing a beautiful looking (to me) four string guitar, used to be called tipples. I first became aware of Ani deFranco’s music when she toured here, and when I saw a video of here doing ‘i’m not angry anymore’, I was sold forever.
The David Crosby Guinnevere youtube video is a follow up to my previous post about David’s song Thousand Roads which I wrote quite some time ago. This one is with Graham Nash former member of the Hollies. As stated in that post I like David Crosby’s And here’s a link to the other post of David Crosby musicality. It was one of the classic Crosby Stills and Nash songs. Notice the use of simple accompaniment that holds together. Love the harmony in this. This one will take you back in time.
And here’s a link to the David Crosby video youtube mentioned above – Thousand Roads
This youtube features David Crosby. Crosby, the first name in the awesome band Crosby, Stills, Nash and later on, Young. He may not have had the same success solo as did Neil Young, but it was his solo stuff and material with Graham Nash that I always was most fascinated by. His voice and his open tuning guitar wer a perfect combination. David Crosby was a former member of the Byrds, think ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ and ‘Hey Mr Tambourine Man’ , he band also included Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn. The harmonies of the Byrds and later on CSN set the standard for other bands, who could forget their version of Woodstock and Wooden Ships. It would be correct to say I love this guys musicality and if you aren’t aware of his solo material check him out.
Note: David Crosby and his buddies would often use open tunied guitars.
Here is his Official Website – David Crosby
This David Crosby youtube is called A Thousand Roads
I’ll continue to post articles, guitar hints, approaces to glearning guitar, TAB, guitar notation and youtubes on a regular basis.
I first heard Dan Fogelberg around the time that Souvenirs came out. In fact one of my all time favourite songs is Wysteria of the Homefree album
If you want to do the Acoustic Guitar Singer Songwriter thing, thisis how to do it. A poem, a story a ballad, a simple melody and a guitar part that stands up by itself, hamer ons, simple chords and and a straight forward finger picking hand. Dan Fogelbergs death was a loss to the musical community. But the beauty of the technology we have is it’s ability to capture and freeze time.
A sentimental tune and it was great that he was successful with it because many people would have got to hear a lot of his other music. If you are not aware of Dan Fogelbergs music, explore his first few albums. This guy is good and as a singer songwriter it’s the level to aspire to.
James Taylor playing Fire and Rain, his flawless fingerpicking on an Olsen guitar is a reminder how a well written song can stand up over time. This acoustic guitar recording is about ten years old now. Gone is the hair, and the face is a little older but the silky tenor voice still has a gorgeous texture.
The second version is closer to original recording time. It’s a wonderful trip down memory lane.
I’ve posted two versions on my guitar blog site so you can make a comparison.
It’s a reminder to us all how music is not necessarily something that we do for a little while, once we can play it can be with us our whole life. The need for us all to express emotions is an essential part of living a healthy emotional life.
Keith Richards playing acoustic Blues guitar. If you are a Rolling Stones fan you’ve got to see this youtube video of ‘Keef’ playing acoustic guitar in the key of A, 32 20 Blues, Robert Johnson style. Complete with ‘tude and ‘ciggie’ hangin’ out of mouth. I love the tone of the old Gibson guitar.
In fact, even iof you don’t like the Stones, if you play guitar, check it out
Eurovision Song Contest Highlights
Each year I wait for the Eurovision song Contest with more than a 100 million viewers. To hear a mix of the different culural music mixed with commercial music is always an interesting experience and I look forward to hearing music that has some sort of integrity. What turns me off usually is the really bad copies of American music, tackiness, kitsch, and sometimes can’t for the life of me work out what is serious and what is not. There was a dose of non-music but I was overall very impressed.
Fortunately this year had some memorable musical entries that had a certain amount of cultural flavour and didn’t sell out to sound like Macdonalds music:
My favorites, not in any particular order were:
Albania, a 16 year old girl sang so beautifully, great arrangement and if I was to buy any tune that was recorded and add to my collection it would have to be her song.
The guy from Isreal had a beautiful voice.
Portugal, beautiful harmonies, had a lot of integrity.
Croatia had a 75 year old rapper and a lovely folk sounding song, double bass, piano accordian, acoustic guitar.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, very theatrical, I loved it and so did everyone that watched it with me.
Serbia decided to perform a sweet ballad, it had some folk roots.
The Armenian girl really went for it
I didn’t realize that French girls have beards.
Turkey had great solid rock song. The drummer was awesome.
Norway had a classic pop ballad.
Denmark probably had the catchiest tune, however if you sing a chorus six times, sooner or later people will get it. But my biggest question about them was how come they all had dark hair. I’m an Anne Linnet fan from way back
The heavy metal boys from Finland, leather outfits and all, ripped. Screaming guitars, classic sound, I loved it even though my heavy metal days are long behind me. Fire smoke and all.
Goodbye California Girls, the Ukraine girl has just knocked you out. And she can sing.
The guy from Spain was mad, his guitar was too small. But if that’s what it takes to get a harem of dancers, I shall shrink my guitars immediately.
There were others that were good but these are my highlights.
Congratulations to all those countries that decided to send music and not the nonsense that get served up sometimes.
I guess if I had to vote for three, it would be Albania, Bosnia / Herzegovina and Croatia
Joni Mitchell is one of the truly great acoustic guitar innovators. A lot of people that aren’t guitar addicts may not realize how great she is and would just see her as a good songwriter, poet and singer. Don’t be fooled by those labels, her contribution to open tuned acoustic guitar is almost unparalleled. Others such as Davey Graham, Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Alex De Grassi and others made massive contributions to this artform that has pushed the guitar into new areas but Joni Mitchells work really neds to be explored by guitar players, her relaxed style, her throwing out the rule book, unconvential strumming/picking hand. And the amount of open tunings she used to create a backdrop for her musical poetry. I was fortunate enought o see her live, wow.
Don’t be fooled, she is extraordinary. The song is Night Ride Home
in this song she’s playing a semi-acoustic. The song is Edith and the Kingpin
Note Pat Metheny in the background. Here is a link to Pat Metheny on a Linda Manzer Baritone Acoustic Guitar. PAT METHENY
Dedicated To My Son Joshua (1980 – 1999)
A few years ago I recorded a piece of music called ‘The Gap Between the Worlds’ it seems a relevant time to share it with my friends. It’s in open-tuning and is a little ambient and has a certain amount of beauty in it.
To add beauty to the world is a worthwhile thing. we all don’t see the same things as beautiful, but to me this is. The song is in an mp3 format.
There is something extraordinary about having children, a part of us living on when we quietly leave the stage of life. To have a child that leaves before us no doubt is the greatest fear of any parent. As a parent that has met with this experience I feel qualified to discuss it from the point of view where what I say is potent and maybe useful to others that may go through this experience.
Children are a gift; we hold them gently in our care for sometime, we welcome them with open arms and if we are to live in happiness we must be prepared to let them walk freely from the world when it is their time to go. If we don’t do this we can find ourselves in a prison house of grief. This prison house will prevent us to live our own life’s journey in a way that is fitting for the gift of life that we have been given.
Where there is pain, there is clinging; clinging or attachment to things that we know do not last, regardless how deep our love may be for that thing, experience or person. Those that love us and have moved into forever only wish us well and wish to have us live in joy, not suffering for what might have been.
So today is the Birthday of my child that moved from this world in 1999, and I will not pretend that sadness doesn’t swallow me at times, but I will say I have the duty to myself and those around me to take the wisdom from my sons passing and seek to embrace the moments that I have here in this life and live them with the value that they deserve.
And the only Path worth following is one with a Heart and that is the Gap Between Worlds.
To listen click: The Gap Between the Worlds
And here is another piece recorded shortly after my son moved on: The Bardo
My first encounter with the music of David Wilcox was when I read an Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the early 90’s. A few years later when they named the top 10 acoustic guitar albums, his album ‘How Did You Find Me Here’ was included in the list. I’m not surprised. David Wilcox plays mainly open tunings, he also uses capo’s and half capos. His technique is very smooth and relaxed and it’s not until you try and play his music that you realise how good he is. As far as I am concerned, David would have to be one of the best singer songwriters on the planet. I was fortunate enough on the day I was looking for his music in the 90’s to find two of his albums in the shops, as I live in Australia, this is a little odd. I have never sen his music in the shops here since.
I’ve posted information about him because I know that there are many people that wish to play guitar and sing. David Wilcox is a perfect example of how we can express music with one guitar and one voice. He’s a master songwriter with a perfect voice.
Today is a very important day, many guitar players may not be aware of the importance of it. Once we are aware of something, from that moment on we have the choice to act upon it if it appeals to our intelligence / conscience / heart. So here’s my story.
I’ve always had a knack of finding great ‘T shirts’. I found one about a year or so back, it was a cheapie and it said ‘Music is the Weapon of the Future’. Not being an overly violent person apart from enjoying football and martial arts, I could see the wisdom in it and it appealed to my sense of humour. A lot of people would talk to me about the shirt whenever I wore it, this would lead into some tremendous discussions on the role of music and its misuse. Although I have a social conscience, I’ve never really gone out hugging trees and tying myself to fences or other inanimate objects to make a statement, for me, food is an essential item and not being near a coffee shop or kitchen can be extremely stressful.
Apart from being a money spinner, an obsession or hobby, music is a very powerful tool. It has the ability to influence peoples subconscious. Stop for a moment, and think about the songs you grew up with and the lyrics than run through your head. Here’s a few examples: ‘What do you get when you fall in love, you only get pain and lies and sorrow… I’ll never fall in love again’ (Um, yes I will) ; ‘I don’t like Mondays’ (actually I don’t mind them), ‘If you leave me now you’ll take away the the greatest part of me'(No, no, I’m the greatest part of me, not you) … all musically valid of course, I have nothing against any of these great songs but if you let too many of those thoughts run around in your head, eventually if you are not careful, you’ll end up manic depressive or accidentally thinking that what somebody else was processing through writing music could be the the norm or absolute truth without even giving it too much thought.
Social change does not come from the top of the social hierarchy, there are decisions made that impact on everyone but from little things big things grow (thanks Paul Kelly). As musicians, songwriters and performers, we are in a prime position to not only create an awareness of things through music but also to create music that can enhance the communities we live in. I don’t just mean by writing songs about Human Rights issues, I mean writing music and lyrics that if people find themselves repeating the words over and over in a mantra style that at the end of the day when it has finally turned itself off, the person will feel good about themselves, not beaten and battered by love.
I have a friend, a very good drummer and he knows I like bluegrass music ( as well as many other styles) and he came up to me one day and said “Did you know that there are more suicides by people that , listen too country music than any other style’. My obvious response was ‘no’.
What I think we now need is music that when it is played backwards says things like “I will fall in love again and I’ll send you a picture of us on a romantic holiday”, “I like Mondays, because if I don’t by the time it reaches Friday I’m going to feel so crap that I’ll hate that too” , “if you leave me now, well, thanks for the visit but I’m up grading to a better model” .
As musicians we have the ability to bring about powerful social change. If you have written a piece of music that you like that can add something nice to the world we live in, please let us know about it through our comment section.
I also would like to encourage the other guitar blog sites to write about this issue today in some way. For more information on todays joint venture between Blogcatalog and Amnesty International go to http://unite.blogcatalog.com/ And we could also congratulate them on there efforts to help create a more harmonious world.
Guitar Blogs and Directories;
Dear Fellow Internet Developers
As each day goes by I am starting to see my guitar posts and content appear on websites from one side of the Internet to the other. As a musician of almost 40 years experience I am more than happy to aid other musicians in their development as I consider that the world will be a better place if we can create beautiful music. The content I write is well thought out and is aimed at nurturing various aspects of the guitar players education, it includes helpful hints, TABS, Scales, Notation, youTubes of things that you may not be aware of, ideas to help when you’re feeling uninspired, performance tips and numerous high quality information that I have gathered over 30+ years from studying with great musicians, performing in numerous line ups and self study in areas that relate to harmony and improvisation, open tunings, that I couldn’t find in books or learn from any othe players.
As there are so many other blogs etc starting to access my work, it would be appreciated that if you are going to do so , it would be polite if you forwarded a comment to me to discuss this with me as I do not want to be associated with most of the garbage that is out there. Places like guitarnoize, 20lbcat and the guitar blog ring and some others have some good original material but there are many blogs that are just using some of our good content and links to drive traffic to their blogs to sell somebody elses affiliate lessons and in many cases, the owners of these blogs have very little to offer in the way of good quality information.
If you are going to use portions of my posts please contact me prior to doing so. A number of people are also adding useless comments of little value to my comments in order to add their web address, if you plan to do this and not genuinely add a useful comment please save yourself the time and do it on someone else’s blog that does not care so much about quality of what they do.
If you have a good quality blog relating to guitar, I will more than likely help support you in whatever you are doing as I am dedicated to high quality music of any style. By maintaining a decent standard amongst associated guitar blogs it will benefit both the developers and visitors alike
Regards Tony Hogan
This also relates to my other blog the-guitarplayer.com
Gordon Giltrap recorded an excellent album in the seventies (1977) . At the time, my memory tells me he was playing Flyde guitars, a guitar company that made a lot of unique instrument. If you haven’t heard him and you like beautiful guitar playing I suggest you watch this youTube. It’s called Mrs Singers Waltz, and I guess if ever a contemporary tune sounded romantic, this is it. Complete with a couple waltzing.
I heard that Gordon had recently been playing guitar with the great Scottish guitarist martin Taylor… my mind boggled at the idea of these two guys teaming up. Especially when they were both favourites of mine in their respective styles.
Being able to play great solo guitar for me is much more satisfying than playing guitar solos, bith are valid. Although there are strings in this tune it would still stand up as a solo piece. It’s a wonderful thing to watch all these players play after enjoying their music 30 years ago and they just get better, more musical and are a great inspiration to us all as we seek out our own musical personalities.
Gorgeous guitar playing
Steven Baughman is a magnificentopen tuning fingerstyle guitar player. I first heard of himabout 8 years ago when I was playing Celtic style guitar and from memory Pierre Bensusan had mentioned how good he was, so I followed through on therecommendation.
Traditional Celtic tunes are not only beautiful to listen to but as a player they give you a lot back in return for your efforts, regardless how old they often are, there is always something new to be found in them. I recommend if you plan on learning any of the Celtic tunes, see if you can get to hear a vocal version, this may help you interpret them. The third song is very humorous in its execution in this song check out the rhytmic texture created by his right hand, also watch Steve’s left hand very closely in the first two songs. A lot of players try this style, Steve Baughman does it better than most.
The David Qualey youTube recording of Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach is a very interesting one, although the song has been played by many guitarists globally on classical guitar, his interpretation is rather unique. You’ll notice it’s very realaxed and very musical and it’s not stiff like a lot of recordings or performances I’ve heard.
I first heard David Qualey in the eighties when he recorded the album Solioquy on the Windham Hill label, William Akkerman’s record label that brought us the greats Michael Hedges and Alex DeGrassi.
What I like about David’s playing is it’s very relaxed and he manages to take a standard classical piece and make it his own.
I love the intro he has given this song.
David’s site is located at http://www.david-qualey.com/index.html
If you are a regular reader of my guitar blog you would already know that John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman are two of my all time acoustic guitar favorite players, if you have not heard of themm you are in for a treat. I’ve posted this youtube guitar duet of them because it is a fascinating setting to find them in, we have John Renbourn the great British fingerstyle player who plays Baroque and other old music coupled with the excellent American fingerstyle blues / folk player/historian and they are playing the beautiful jazz tune by Thelonius monk on acoustic guitars, both improvising very passionately… it doesn’t come any better. If you like music wih heart and gentle passion you’ll feel this one.
Guitar duets…the only thing more beautiful than one guitar
NOTE: The above mentioned video has been deleted from youtube
Here is Pork Pie Hat
It’s humbling to hear these guys play guitar, a lesson to us all
The blues can be very simple and even broken down to one chord or riff, the most common blues are generally three chords; or you could go to the other extreme and play a jazz blues with numerous chord changes. Regardless whether we play a complex or a simple blues, the end result needs t be be music with feeling. My feelings are, a good way of measuring a players musicality is to get them to play ab blues.
I found this youTube video by Eric Bibb and the first thing that struck me was the texture of the guitar, he’s using a twelve string, it has a small body, the sound is incredibly sweet. Eric Bibb has a very smooth voice and he plays gospel as well as a sort folk style at times, but in most of his music there is blues underlying his tunes.
Have a listen to the chords he ues at times throughout this song ‘aint No Cane On the Brazos’ , what I like is he dares to be a little different in his harmonizing of songs. Eric Bibb has a beautiful sense of time and at times has so musicality that it scares me. His music is simple in structure, quite frankly I think he will be one of the most influencial blues players over the next so many years. We can all take a musuc lesson from him just by listening to his approach. We can all learn from the different ways that other players take something that is very simple and stretch it to make it their own.
One guitar, one voice, perfect in its execution.
Eric Bibb plays a mix of Blues Folk gospel acoustic guitar. If you haven’t heard him play I highly recommend you have a listen. His guitar playing is very smooth, in fact he’s one of those players who plays just what’s needed, he doesn’t over play. Eric has a very good voice that works beautifully with his guitar playing. This song ‘In my Fathers House’ has a very strong rhythmical fingerstyle picking part.
A few months back I woke up one Sunday morning and had a techie problem witha web site, I spent a few hours trying to sort it. After this period of time I decided to call it quits for the day, by this time I was very frustrated. I wandered downtstairs, put on Eric Bibbs Diamond Days album. Within a few minutes of listening, I found myself in great spirits.
Here is the link to his website. ERIC BIBB OFFICIAL SITE
Have a listen to the Eric Bibb – In my Fathers House youTube Video
Have you ever been to see someone play music and it seemed like they’ve played what sounded like almost the same song all night? Sound familiar?
So how to get around this? If you are new to performing you may not even realize that you are doing something a bit like that. As many players want to get out of the practice room and into the public arena, it’s worthwhile thinking about the songs that you play, not just whether you like them but whether there;’s a good balance in what you do.
Now ladies and gentleman, here’s blues ballad number Seventy Three for the evening.
No matter how good you are, or think you are, boring is boring. So here’s a few ideas to get you thinking clearly.
If you have given it your best shot, tried your best and followed the above, if people aren’t happy at the end of this…they may never be happy and this is not your problem.
OK, when I sat down at my computer I had planned to post about something else but we ended up with this and it’s vvery useful…you don’t necessarily have to follow the above but at least it will get you thinking.
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For years now I’ve been a lover of both Indian music and the blues. Due to my studies with the Sarod player Ashok Roy I have played quite a few instrumentals in open tuning, I used to use the tuning B, F# , B , F#, B and E working from the Bass up, the bottom end of the guitar was tuned quite low. I found it very interesting playing in this tuning. My teacher used to sing the parts to me, I’d sing them back, then I’d transcribe it in the Indian notation and then play it back.
I first heard of Harry Manx a few years ago when he toured my local area. What I like about he is he has bridged the gap between Western and Indian music quite well. he plays the Mohan Vina, an instrument played by the musician Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. The vina is a traditional Indian instrument in a similar vain to the sitar. I feel it is important to see what some of the musicians are doing that are playing a little outside the norm because when we hear new things they can create new possiblilities for other players. I’ve linked to two youtube videos of Harry Manx the Canadian player, one is blues slide and the other a mix of Indian and blues.
Can’t be Satisfied
How comfortable does he look playing?
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The Small Faces sang Itchycoo Park is a classic sixties song. I’ve included in my acoustic guitar blog because I feel it is relevant, ok I’m cheating, I can hear an acoustic guitar in the intro. And really it’s too important to leave out. I just love the chorus and the phasey sound at about 60 seconds and also the call and response both in the verse and chorus. Enjoy the youtUbe of Itchycoo Park
The band included the very almost famous Steve Marriot, he went on to form Humble Pie the great rock band.
If you find where I can get one of those outfits please let me know.
The song yesterday by Paul McCartney is an all time acoustic classic. It is very melancholy and is one of those songs that if you were around at the time when it was popular would somehow stop you in your tracks and make you think a little seriously. The youTube video of Yesterday starts of mainly showing Paul mcCartney singer but as the song goes on, the guitar part is shown. It is a classic song that millions of guitar players have played over the last 40 years.
Enjoy the youTube video of Yesterday
So many of the rock groups of the sixties and seventies are known for their electric music. At the time and even still I liked the Led Zeppelin 3 album, complete with cover that rotated. I’ve decided to post their recording of ‘Bron-Yr-Aur-Stomp’. The acoustic guitar playing of Jimmy Page was definitely influenced by the music of Davy Graham. There are parts of the song where I’m thinking Bluegrass, in fact I think that one of the music quotes is from Turkey in the Straw. This recording /youTube is from 1975. Back then it was much harder to use acoustic guitars in a live situation. i love the reintroduction of the rhythm part at about 4.40
The cover of Led Zeppelin 111 album
Enjoy the youTube video of the acoustic guitar song “Bron-Yr-Aur-Stomp’
One of the great guitar players to come of Scotland is John Martyn, he influenced many acoustic guitar players. The band America recorded one of his songs ‘Head and Heart’ on their second album. Also Eric Clapton recorded his tune “May You Never’.
John Martyn was very influenced by Davy Graham and the late Nick Drake. Both of these players were his contemporaries and he wrote Solid Air about Nick Drake.
John Martyn uses a very unusual right hand technique, it is extremely percussive. He uses a number of different open tunings and manages to produce a very BIG sound for a soloist. Note how he uses left hand hammer-ons and pull offs
Enjoy the youtUbe video of John Martyn playing May You Never
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Jimi Hendrix is primarily known as an Electric Guitar Player, and a brilliant one of that.
I think it’s important to hear guitar players without the electronics, unplugged before being unplugged was fashionable. So here’s a youTube of Jimi Hendrix playing his acoustic blues on 12 string guitar. I’ve loved it since I first heard it in the early seventies and it dfinitely stands the test of time.
Enjoy the Jimi Hendrix acoustic guitar video on youTube
Anyone that was alive in the sixties, and in a conscious (or semi conscious) state would be aware of the impact that the song San Francisco had globally. Overnight, from one side of the world to the other there were people abandoning shoes, growing hair, mismatching colors, doing peace signs and saying rather peculiar things to each other.
The song “If you’re going to San Francisco” was one song that influenced numerous people to start playing acoustic guitar, wear sunglasses, look seedy and hang out with other people that had also invested in guitars, bongos and a few books like Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and the Dharma Bums.
Many younger guitarists may never have seen this youTube clip. If you haven’t, I recommend you make yourself a buckwheat tofu sandwich with sprouts, get a few oatmeal cookies, a peppermint tea, light up the incense and sit back and enjoy this song sung by Scott Mackenzie and written by John Phillips.
Enjoy the Scott MacKenzie youTube video of san Francisco
The Youtube has been disbled but is worth seeing, go to San Francisco
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Most electric guitarists that have grown up playing rock guitar want the volume control to go up to eleven, not ten.
So in keeping with that philosophy I thought I’d write eleven useful tips to help beginners that are learning guitar.
1. Always make sure your guitar is in tune. An in tune instrument will help you develop a good ear. Being in tune is easy these days because guitar tunes are cheap and they take the pain out of tuning.
2. Always relax when you play. Relax your hands but sit in a position with your spine reasonably straight.
3. Practice somewhere where your mistakes and repetition will not annoy others.
4. Don’t take criticism to heart. When you are starting out, people can be a little careless with their comments.
5. Practice something new each day, whether it be a new chord, a new melody.
6. When you start practicing, start slowly and begin with the easiest things first.
7. If you start to get frustrated. Take a bit of time out and maybe practice something else.
8. Gradually train your ear to recognise different chord types. Start with the basic Majors, Minors and Sevenths.
9. Playing in time is better than playing fast. Eventually you will be able to play very fast.
10. Learn to play different styles. There’s joy to be found in all music genres and you’ll end up a far better musician/guitarist.
11. Always finish your practice by playing something that you know reasonably well. It’s important to close your music session and walk away from it in a good state of mind. If you finish on a half played piece, you may feel a bit uninspired.
Many people are not aware of the great guitar player that influenced so many guitar players, Michael Hedges died in a car accident in 1993, he was 43 years old. He played open tuning guitar, what this means to the uninitiate is that the guitar was tuned differently. This guy is unbelievable. Be patient with this, he does his intro tune up and then. Personall I think he reinvented the acoustic guitar. He’s quite young in this video.
Enjoy the Michael Hedges youtube video
Doc Watson the blind acoustic bluegrass guitar player is by far one of the greatest players in his style. What has surprised me a lot over the years, is that many people I have encountered thought he was a black blues player. I have added this youtube video of Doc Watson because many people haven’t heard him play. The song Black Mountain Rag is a classic. For those that are interested in harmony and counterpoint, have alisten to the way the guitars start working together at about 2.27 and also the upping the tempo at about 3.04.
Brilliant. Doc’s contribution to the development of the acoustic guitar playing has been great, he has influenced many players. I think what has surprised me also is the stiffness of his right arm, slightly unusual
Enjoy the Doc Watson youtube video of Black Mountain Rag
Russ Barenberg is definetly one of the cleanest sounding acoustic guitar players around. If you want to help mke your playing smoother, one of the best things to use for developing fluency is to learn a number of old bluegrass tunes. Although playing scales is useful, learning to play some of the old Irish and Bluegrass tunes is definitely a way to practice, up your technique a little and at the same time it will help you develop an ear for melody as well. Jerry Douglas is by far my most favourite Dobro player.
I will continue to post youtube videos of great acoustic guitar players. I also have some tremendous ones at www.the-guitarplayer.com
Enjoy the Russbarenburg and Jerry Douglas youTube video
Here’s a video of the very brilliant Dan Crary flapicking a medley of songs. I first became aware of Dan Crary about 30 years ago when he used to write for Guitar Player magazine. I have worked in bands where I’ve had to play that second tune of the medley. I never thought of playing it at that speed though.
Enjoy the Dan Crary youtube video