John Connearn Acoustic Guitar Lesson: Chords In Open D Tuning

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Altered tunings can provide a wealth of inspiration when it comes to composing and exploring new avenues on the guitar, forcing you to think differently about chord voicings and making possible parts that are unplayable in standard tuning. Open D – where the guitar is simply tuned to…

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Maximize The Sonic Potential of Your Guitar

Sponsored by Tone Traveler: The Tone Traveler is a revolutionary device designed to enhance the sound of acoustic instruments. It attaches to your guitar or other acoustic instrument and generates an array of selectable sonic vibrations via the included tablet to accelerate the aging process of the wood, a crucial…

Major/Minor 7th Warm-Up Exercise with Scott Goldbaum | ELIXIR Strings

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: No matter what level you’re at, your playing will always benefit from a good warm-up before practice or performance sessions. We all know that warming up can be dull though, so fresh inspiration is always welcome—and that’s just what Elixir Strings artist Scott Goldbaum delivers with this short…

Experience The Perfect Blend

Sponsored by Cort Guitars: The combination of a “Aged to Vintage” torrefied Englemann Spruce top and “AAA” Grade solid flamed maple back and sides is a delight to your senses. Indulge in a sound that’s uniquely rich and responsive with the Cort Gold Passion. Also completely unique and exclusive to Gold Passion…

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Meet the Upgraded Taylor T5z, Now More Comfortable Than Ever

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: With its unique combination of two humbuckers, an acoustic body sensor and five-way switching to control active pickups, the Taylor T5z hybrid hollowbody electric-acoustic guitar has always been a dynamic musical shapeshifter. Capable of producing warm acoustic tones, searing electric leads and a range of possibilities…

Mandy Rowden Acoustic Guitar Lesson: Blues Turnarounds

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Once you’ve mastered the basics of 12 bar blues, adding in turnarounds at the end of a chord progression to return to the start is a great next step. Turnarounds are a distinctive element of both electric and acoustic blues and can be used in all sorts of…

Capture Better Acoustic Guitar Recordings with Portacapture X8

Sponsored by TASCAM: The TASCAM Portacapture X8 is a comprehensive portable recorder that’s practically tailor-made for recording acoustic guitar. Onboard stereo condenser microphones capture studio-quality sound with amazing fidelity, with two selectable stereo configurations to control how much room sound is captured. And with additional inputs for acoustic-electric guitars, you…

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Hear the New Taylor AD27e

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: With its solid mahogany top, sapele back and sides, tone-enhancing V-Class interior bracing, and signature Taylor craftsmanship, the new AD27e yields rich, warm midrange tone with commanding volume and a focused voice. The Grand Pacific dreadnought body shape delivers clear low-end power with minimal ringing overtones,…

Drop D Tuning Lesson | Elixir Strings

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Drop D tuning (where the lowest string is tuned down a whole step – giving DADGBE from low to high) is an interesting way of adding some extra low end tone to an acoustic guitar. It also opens extra possibilities for creating interesting basslines outside the scope of…

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Meet the Ultra-Refined Builder’s Edition 814ce

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: It’s finally here: the Builder’s Edition 814ce, an ultra-refined evolution of Taylor’s flagship Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar. Featuring back and sides of solid Indian rosewood paired with an Adirondack spruce top, this model yields a powerful, yet sophisticated voice with warm lows, pristine trebles and a…

How to Pop & Slap with Marc Seal

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: In this acoustic guitar lesson, Marc Seal teaches us common bass-style techniques like slapping and popping to coax some different sounds from your acoustic. Add some plucking and percussive clicking and you are ready to put it all together in a riff that will really improve your fingerstyle…

Acoustic Guitar Lesson: “Redbone” by Childish Gambino | Elixir Strings

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: While alternate tunings like Drop D and DADGAD are commonly used by solo acoustic guitarists, there are plenty more options that will open new creative possibilities. In this video, Elixir® Strings artist Tom Anello opts for DADGCE for a beautiful version of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone.” If you haven’t…

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Hear the Taylor GS Mini-e Special Edition Caramel Burst

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Guitar players like singer-songwriter Heather Nation love Taylor’s GS Mini guitars for their portable size that doesn’t sacrifice bold, punchy sound. For musicians of all styles and skill levels, the GS Mini offers a travel-friendly option that’s ready to go at a moment’s notice, perfect for…

Explore new textures, rhythms, & spaces without sacrificing your tone

Sponsored by Fishman: Tailored specifically for acoustic guitars, Fishman AFX Mini Acoustic Pedals allow you to explore new textures, rhythms, and spaces without sacrificing your tone. Fishman AFX Minis are infused with over 4 decades of acoustic-centric design experience. We’ve helped millions of acoustic musicians achieve incredible sound simply by…

Santa Cruz Guitar Returns to The NAMM Show!

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Guitar Company: Come visit the Santa Cruz Guitar Company this week at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California! We are located in Hall D, Booth 5102 along the entrance. SCGC is returning to the annual music industry conference for the first time in three years and…

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Progressive Rock 12-String Guitar

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: The phrase ‘diatonic dissonance’ might be intimidating, but it’s a common sound in 1970s progressive rock. Characterized by a tension between notes, dissonance sounds particularly ‘other worldly’ when played on a 12-string guitar, as Elixir® Strings artist and educator Shawn Persinger demonstrates here. Playing chord progressions reminiscent of…

Acoustic Effects, Unplugged. No Amp Required!

Sponsored by ToneWoodAmp: ToneWoodAmp has been leading a revolution in acoustic guitars with the invention of a compact box that creates effects, unplugged—NO AMP REQUIRED!  Hear it from musician James Thomas: “I travel with this amazing unit, it’s one of my most valuable guitar companions.” The ToneWoodAmp is the first and…

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Thompson Guitars – OM Model Notes and Sounds 

Sponsored by Thompson Guitars: The OM model was based on the 000-12 Fret, but Martin shortened the body rather than moving the bridge to accommodate a 14-fret neck. It produces more bass than a 000-12 or smaller models and has a very balanced tone. Listen to some musicians with a…

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How to play the four chord progression in Snap by Rosa Linn

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Elixir® Strings artist Jake Fine breaks down the four chord acoustic guitar progression that underpins Rosa Linn’s song “Snap.” Even beginners will be able to get their hands round the simple open position chords with a bit of practice and, as Jake mentions, it’s a great feel that…