Mike Dawes puts up big numbers on YouTube with his solo fingerstyle arrangements of popular songs. But it’s Dawes’ technical virtuosity and passion for playing the acoustic guitar that makes his viral videos so compelling.

For this AG Sessions in Place, filmed in Bristol, England, Dawes chose to showcase his original composition “Somewhere Home,” as “it makes a wonderful little lesson and introduction to DADGAD tuning.” Dawes plays his Cuntz CWG23s+ Mike Dawes Model guitar, augmented with a ToneWood amp.


According to Dawes, DADGAD is a “useful tuning to fill an auditorium with sonic joy.” And while auditoriums may be shuttered for a while, we suggest playing along with the video, filling your home with sonic joy.

“Somewhere Home” appeared on Dawes’ first record, and a live version of the piece will appear on his upcoming live album, Shows and Distancing, Live in the USA. And you just might hear it if you tune into his livestreamed concert on November 1.

If you want to learn more from Dawes, he is offering one-on-one “Lockdown Lessons.”