How to Improve Your Guitar Picking (and Fingerpicking) by Richard Thompson

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings Get up close and personal with Fairport Convention legend and touring and recording guitarist Richard Thompson as he demonstrates his strumming, flat picking, fingerpicking, and hybrid picking techniques in one quick demo for Elixir® Strings. Watch as Thompson displays immense control as he gets a wide variety of…

Andy McKee Announces His Full Instructor Staff for Musicarium 2019

Sponsored by Dreamcatcher Events 4 days and nights of 6 acoustic stringed discovery and wonder in California. Andy McKee’s Musicarium is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day…

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Experience the Sights and Sounds of Spain

Experience the music and history of Spain as visitors rarely do. With its lively markets, world-renowned museums, brightly colored gardens, flavorful cuisine, and architecture from centuries gone by, Spain strikes the perfect balance between old and new, traditional and modern, urban jungle and green parks. For the musician or music…

Intermediate Fingerpicking Pattern

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings Guitarist and composer Chris Woods of The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra takes you step by step through an intermediate fingerpicking pattern. Using two very simple open dream-like chords and a repetitive picking pattern this lesson is an opportunity to focus on detail and bring some serious…

Enter to Win Your Dream Custom Guitar!

Sponsored by Breedlove Breedlove is celebrating the introduction of our new Custom Masterclass Build-to-Order Program by giving one lucky contestant the opportunity to win a Custom Masterclass of their design. This is a tremendous occasion to take home one of the finest sounding custom acoustic guitars from our USA Custom…

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Fender California Series™ Acoustic Guitars

Sponsored by Fender Inspired by the California lifestyle—colorful, energetic and independent—we fused our electric guitar DNA with exceptional acoustic playability and tone to craft the California Series. CALIFORNIA CLASSIC With their superb playability, distinctive looks and unmistakable Fender vibe, California Classic guitars transcend traditional acoustic guitar design. Starting at $799.99…

Artwood Vintage: Thermo Aged™

Sponsored by Ibanez Based On The Best Of Music’s Past Ever wonder why an old, time-worn guitar seems to have magic buried deep within its sound? Ibanez found the secret, and now you don’t have to wait 25 years and play hundreds of gigs to get that same tone. The…

How to Master the Key of F by Mary Flower

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings World-class fingerstyle guitarist Mary Flower shows you how to master a traditional 12-bar blues in F by demonstrating smooth transitions, simplifying clunky chords, and adding a boogie-woogie bassline. Watch and learn as Flower fingerpicks her Elixir® Strings through two choruses of blues and encourages you to…

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Download the Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Shopping for a guitar-playing loved one? Looking for yourself before the holidays hit? Whoever you’re buying for this season, our Holiday Gift Guide is a great resource for discovering gear and accessories. From stocking stuffers to luxuries to splurge on, this guide has got you covered. DOWNLOAD NOW (PDF file; 484KB)

Breedlove Ukuleles are Back!

Sponsored by Breedlove Kim Breedlove was always at his best when he was designing and handcrafting stringed instruments. From walking and exploring the koa forests of Hawaii – to his home workshop in Bend, Oregon where he experimented with nuances in ukulele body design – the ukulele was one of…

D’Addario Presents: Raw Talent Season Two

Sponsored by D’Addario Missed Raw Talent? Not to worry. Your favorite improv song series is back with seven all-new episodes featuring the likes of John Oates, Striking Matches, The Mastersons, and more! In addition to these chart-topping acoustic artists, this season of Raw Talent spotlights a slew of new artists…

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Acoustic Options In Every Size

Sponsored by Ibanez Built For The Widest Range Of Players Talent is found in a wide range of players and when it comes to their guitars, one size most certainly does not fit all. With this in mind, Ibanez makes it a point to offer a number of short scale…

How to Get the Most Out of Alternate Tunings by Richard Thompson

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings Guitar legend Richard Thompson demonstrates how to get a richer, fuller sound out of your guitar using alternate tunings and Elixir® Strings. Watch and learn as this Fairport Convention icon performs licks and chords in DADGAD, as well as some hybrid picking virtuosity in open C…

Fender California Series™ Acoustic Guitars – Play Something Different

Sponsored by Fender ELECTRIC FEEL Supremely comfortable, California Series guitars’ slim-taper “C”-shaped mahogany necks are inspired by our electric legacy, giving them the same outstanding feel that’s great for any playing style. STRIKING STYLE Instruments as individual as the artists who play them, California Series guitars have unexpected, electric-inspired style…

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Explore Thermo-Aging From Ibanez

Sponsored by Ibanez Quality Woods & Thermo-Aging For The Sound You’ve Always Imagined There is nothing quite like the sound of a perfectly aged acoustic. The fullness, the sustain, and the projection are what make these instruments so valuable and so desirable. Typically, you’d have to own and play a…

How to Slap and Pop

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings, Proud Supporter of “Acoustic Uprising” In this guitar lesson, Marc Seal teaches us common bass-style techniques like slapping and popping to coax some different sounds from your acoustic. Then put it all together in a riff.  “Elixir Strings always sound stellar and really last! Because of…

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Win a Yamaha LS-TA VT!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED There’s nothing so inspiring as playing guitar in a great sounding room – it makes you play better, longer and with more creativity. The Yamaha TransAcoustic guitar recreates that incredible experience without needing any external amplification or effects, just the guitar itself. It’s the most inspiring,…

Win This Eastman AC722CE Grand Auditorium Guitar

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED     The AC722CE features a solid Engelmann Spruce top and solid Rosewood back/sides giving this guitar a tight full bodied sound. To the last detail this guitar sounds, feels, and looks like a real player’s instrument.     Product Features: Mahogany Neck Ebony Fingerboard Hand…

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From the Workbench of Dana Bourgeois

Sponsored by Bourgeois “Years ago Tony Rice casually advised me to make my Dreadnoughts sound as balanced as OMs. After plowing that field literally for decades, I got a twisted notion to move in the opposite direction, bringing the OM closer to a Dreadnought by enlarging its soundhole. The result…

D’ADDARIO AT FOLK ALLIANCE 2018

Sponsored by D’Addario Back in February, D’Addario packed up and took flight to Kansas City for Folk Alliance 2018. There, they teamed up with Cole Clark Guitars and AER Amps to turn a standard, humdrum hotel suite into an all-out folk music showcase, featuring top-notch performances by Molly Tuttle, John…

ENTER TO WIN THIS GUILD F-40!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED Achieve incredible clarity, balance and volume with our jumbo-shaped F-40, made in Southern California. This jumbo acoustic checks all the boxes for players who prize outstanding projection and enhanced mid-range.  A satin varnish finish gives this guitar its familiar broken-in look and feel, while allowing the…

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bourgeois guitars

From the Workbench of Dana Bourgeois

Sponsored by Bourgeois “Years ago Tony Rice casually advised me to make my Dreadnoughts sound as balanced as OMs. After plowing that field literally for decades, I got a twisted notion to move in the opposite direction, bringing the OM closer to a Dreadnought by enlarging its soundhole. The result…