Meet Taylor’s Sunburst-Topped American Dream Series Guitars

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: With all-solid woods and tone-enhancing bracing, Taylor’s U.S.-made American Dream Series delivers rich, bold sound in a package that looks great wherever you take it. Now, the family grows with three new models featuring solid walnut backs and sides, Sitka spruce tops, and striking sunburst finishes.…

One Tool Perfect For Changing Your Acoustic Guitar Strings

Sponsored by MusicNomad: Changing strings just got a whole lot easier, safer & more FUN! MusicNomad’s patent pending GRIP ONE sets a new higher standard for what you should expect when buying an all-in-ONE String Winder, Cutter, Puller. No feature is overlooked, starting with the precision bearing design MusicNomad invented…

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Blues Turnaround Tips | Elixir Strings

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Once you’ve mastered the basics of 12 bar blues, adding 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 settings.…

Meet the Taylor AD17 Blacktop Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Taylor’s American Dream Series is all about delivering exceptional performance at a more accessible price for all kinds of musicians, and the AD17 Blacktop fits the bill with all-solid tonewoods, tone-boosting V-Class bracing and signature Taylor playability. This U.S.-made Grand Pacific dreadnought guitar boasts back and…

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Discover Taylor’s Urban Ironbark 500 Series

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Meet Urban Ironbark, an all-new acoustic guitar tonewood from Taylor Guitars. This responsibly sourced hardwood brings a fresh sound to the world of acoustic guitars: a bold, rich and sweet tone with robust volume and remarkable balance across the tonal spectrum. With a vibrant midrange response, clear trebles and warm low-end…

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Gibson Generation Collection | Hear More of You

Sponsored by Gibson: Modeled after the Gibson Hummingbird™, our flagship square-shouldered dreadnought, the G-Bird continues the unmatched legacy of the Hummingbird…but with a twist. The Player Port™ is an original Gibson concept from the early 1960s that has since been refined by our acoustic luthier team to deliver revolutionary sonic…

A Note on Sustainable Wood Sourcing from Santa Cruz Guitar Company

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Guitar Company: Building guitars for exceptional sound begins with honoring those practices evolved from millenia of experimentation yielding the noble modern violin. This isn’t about the wonderfully practical folk instruments made from whatever was at hand. These trade secrets were born from a lineage of makers…

How String Gauge Impacts the Sound and Playability of Your Acoustic Guitar

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Have you ever wondered what effect your choice of string gauge has on the sound and playability of your acoustic guitar? In this video, award-winning acoustic guitarist Michael Watts compares three gauges of Elixir® Phosphor Bronze Strings on the same instrument. Using gauges 11-52 (custom light), 12-53 (light)…

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Big Sale! Acoustic Effects, No Amp Required!

Sponsored by ToneWoodAmp: Take advantage of ToneWoodAmp’s biggest sale of the year today and revolutionize the way you play acoustic guitar! ToneWoodAmp is a compact device that creates effects, unplugged—NO AMP REQUIRED!  It is the first product of its kind to use the body of any acoustic guitar to create reverb, delay, tremolo, and more. No…

For the Love of Music – Bill Scott 

Sponsored by Enya: Bill Scott is a music producer who has collaborated with a variety of well known musicians. We are beyond thrilled to meet with him, show him our NEXG guitar and hear about his story of being a musician.  Do you have any influences? What’s your inspiration as…

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How to Set Up Your Acoustic Guitar to Match Your Playing Style

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Different styles of play demand different action on your guitar. If you are a fingerstyle guitar player, you might want a lower action. If you are a flat picker, you might desire a higher action on your acoustic guitar. In this video, master luthier Ron Ruggiero demos simple…

Introducing Taylor’s All-New 500 Series with Urban Ironbark

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Meet Taylor’s latest innovation in the world of acoustic guitars: the all-new 500 Series, crafted with backs and sides of Urban Ironbark. This new tonewood, responsibly sourced through Taylor’s urban woods program, adds an entirely new flavor of tone to the Taylor lineup, a bold, muscular…

Discover Santa Cruz Parabolic Tension Strings

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Guitar Company: When it comes to strings, it’s all about tension. While gauge is simply the measurement of the string’s diameter, the tension of a string determines its relative volume to the other strings (EQ). String tension is determined by its core to wrap ratio, which…

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The Inimitable Hummingbird Meets Its Sonic Future

Sponsored by Gibson: Modeled after the Gibson Hummingbird™, our flagship square-shouldered dreadnought, the G-Bird continues the unmatched legacy of the Hummingbird…but with a twist.  The Player Port™ is an original Gibson concept from the early 1960s that has since been refined by our acoustic luthier team to deliver revolutionary sonic…

Essential String Skipping Exercise for Acoustic Guitar

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Pro guitarist and Elixir® Strings artist Marc Seal introduces a string skipping exercise to add to your daily practice routine. In this short acoustic guitar video lesson, watch as Marc adds some ear-catching interest to his playing by using wide intervals in his picking patterns. Although jumping from…

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See Why Guitar Players Love the Taylor GT

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Players of all styles and skill levels love the Taylor GT. With its blend of bold solid-wood tone, bass-boosting C-Class bracing and compact, accommodating dimensions, the GT is in a class of its own in the acoustic guitar world. Between the GT Urban Ash, the maple/spruce…

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Learn to Play a New Orleans-Style Rhumba on Guitar

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Want to groove like Doctor John or Professor Longhair? Play piano on guitar! Renowned guitar instructor and Elixir® Strings artist Mary Flower takes you through three ways to play the rhumba beat and capture that New Orleans feel. Mary performs this acoustic lesson with Elixir Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Strings with…

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Add Blues-Style Flavor with Inverted Thirds

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Mandy Rowden demonstrates in this quick guitar lesson inverted thirds and how easy it is to move the shapes around the fretboard for different keys. Either fingerstyle or plectrum-and-fingers hybrid picking works great with inverted thirds, so they’re perfect for acoustic and electric players. “Elixir Strings give me…