10 Great Gifts for the Acoustic Guitarist

10 Great Gifts for the Acoustic Guitarist

The holidays approach and gift-giving is in full swing. As a musician, my family often wondered what to get me for Christmas and birthdays.  “He’s so hard to buy for”. And I get it.  Music is a highly specialized field, and personal opinions about gear and brands run hot.  So it’s intimidating to buy a gift for a musician.  But …

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Two Flamenco Techniques to Enhance Your Right Hand

Two Flamenco Techniques to Enhance Your Right Hand

Do you dream of being faster and more graceful with your right hand? There is a counterintuitive shortcut to gaining more speed and sensitivity in your playing. Before we dive in, this can be implemented along with challenges such as the sweep picking challenge. When you play pop or blues music on a steel acoustic, you mostly use your plectrum, …

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Top 25 Contemporary Acoustic Blues Guitarists

Top 25 Contemporary Acoustic Blues Guitarists

Modern Acoustic Blues finds contemporary artists reviving the older, more country-derived styles of blues in its myriad strains. The form places a great deal of emphasis on instrumental expertise, providing the genre with some astounding players who do more than merely replicate older styles. So how do I propose to rank the best 25 Acoustic Blues Guitarists in the world? …

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Top 7 Best Guitar Stools (or “Guitar Throne”, if you’re feeling awesome…)

Top 7 Best Guitar Stools (or “Guitar Throne”, if you’re feeling awesome…)

The oft-overlooked, but so-essential guitar gear: the guitar stool. Or maybe you call it a “guitar throne” if: a) you happen to feel awesome today, or b) you’ve been hanging out with drummers lately (they insist on calling their stool a “throne”). So Why Get a Special Guitar Stool? Having a well-suited guitar stool helps you as a guitarist in …

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How to use a guitar capo...in 97 seconds

How To Use A Guitar Capo…In 97 Seconds

A guitar capo is essentially a clamp for the guitar neck, which depresses all (or some) of the strings at a given fret. The guitar capo is usually just called a “capo”, short for capo d’astro (Italian) – “the head of the fretboard”. The main advantage of a capo is that it shortens the playable length of the guitar string, …

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