Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2018’

New Cost-Friendly Acoustics From Fender: The California Series

New Cost-Friendly Acoustics From Fender: The California Series

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) just announced a new cost-friendly series of acoustic guitars – The California Series. The series name is a nod to the lifestyle and culture associated with Fender’s home state and the brand’s Southern California roots. Energetic and independent, this family of guitars aims to defy acoustic guitar conventions with a visible look and feel of …

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The 10 Best Effects Pedals for Fingerstyle Guitar (Yes, We Use Pedals Too.)

The 10 Best Effects Pedals for Fingerstyle Guitar (Yes, We Use Pedals Too.)

Effects pedals for fingerstyle guitar? Yes. Definitely. Acoustic guitar is typically a minimalist business.  The truth, however, is that even a simple acoustic set up can benefit from a reverb, a stompbox tuner, a light delay….the list goes on. Everything in Moderation Some of the classic fingerstyle players like Chet Atkins or Doc Watson avoided effects pedals or didn’t have …

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Top 2017 Guitar Apps for iOS

Top 2017 Guitar Apps for iOS

We’re a ways into 2018, but it’s worth taking a moment to see what guitar apps have been popular in 2017.  There’s some old standards and couple newbies.  And, most importantly, these apps are continuing to be popular and well-reviewed in 2018! How Did We Choose? The latest updates to the App store make it harder to search by popularity …

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Ian Ethan Case - Earth Suite

New Album by Ian Ethan Case: “Earth Suite”

I recently ran into this video by Ian Ethan Case and was blown away.  His amazing talent is to rock a double-necked acoustic guitar with two-handed tapping, strumming, and harmonics. Believe me, it falls squarely in the “face-melting” category of guitar playing. Coinciding with my own personal discovery of him, he happened to be releasing a new album the same …

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Top 10 Jazz Standards for Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar

Top 10 Jazz Standards for Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar

Some musicians who play acoustic fingerstyle guitar sound like there is definitely more than one guitar playing.   Many jazz standards can be arranged for fingerstyle guitar and this style of guitar playing lends itself well to the genre. Let’s take a look at some of the top jazz standards that are particularly good played fingerstyle on the acoustic guitar. …

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