Classical vs Acoustic Guitar: Which are Easier to Learn for Beginners?

Classical vs Acoustic Guitar: Which is Easier to Learn for Beginners?

There are two opinions among people. One of them is that you should start with a steel-string acoustic guitar (the type you see commonly) first, because if you learn how to play acoustic guitar you will learn to play classical and other types of guitars faster. Some people think it is easier to start with a classical guitar. To cut …

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Binge-Watch Some Tommy Emmanuel: Complete San Francisco Workshop 2014

Binge-Watch Some Tommy Emmanuel: Complete San Francisco Workshop 2014

Tommy Emmanuel is widely hailed as the best acoustic guitar player in the world. He’s got a cult following around the world.  And, certainly, we’re a tiny bit obsessed here at The Guitar Journal. So, imagine the delight upon finding that a generous YouTube user (thank you!) posted full recordings of Tommy’s 2014 San Francisco Workshop. Prepare to binge watch …

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What is newgrass, a primer on the popular, modern wave of bluegrass

What is Newgrass? A Primer on the Popular, Modern Wave of Bluegrass

Bluegrass has come a far way from it’s roots. It’s joined forces with rock, jazz, and world music – and created a new generation of amazing musicians playing this exciting new mashup: Newgrass. AKA “New Acoustic”, or “Modern bluegrass”. Odds are you’ve heard it and loved it, even if you didn’t know what it was called ; ) What is Newgrass? …

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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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