Podcasts are a great way to stay informed on the guitar world, learn some new skills, and get inspired. There are quite a few folks out there working hard every week to put together quality material. Podcasts are convenient format for getting this material for several reasons:
- They’re available on your phone, so they’re easily accessible during ‘downtime’ on flights, long drives, etc.
- They’re typically short programs that don’t suck up a lot of time.
- Using the “radio station” feature in the new iO7 Podcasts app (or the similar feature in other apps like Downcast, Instacast, etc.), you can create a guitar channel that automatically updates with the latest episodes.
So, the big questions is: Where to get started? With so many podcasts, which are the best guitar podcasts to begin listening to? We’ve listed the Top 7 Best Guitar Podcasts below that are worth taking a look at. Several factors went into consideration when recommending these: Frequency of updates, Recency of updates, Quality of recording, Follower Reviews, and last, but certainly not least, Quality of Content.
And The Best Guitar Podcasts Are…
1. Fingerstyle Guitar Hangout with Adam Rafferty
A new ‘spot on’ podcast covering the in’s and out’s of fingerstyle guitar.
2. The Guitar Podcast
A great general guitar podcast with fundamental episodes on the basics of guitars, amps, effects pedals, accessories and more.
3. Guitar Music Theory – Desi Serna Podcast
This podcast features free audio guitar lessons that teach music theory for guitar. Listeners learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. This includes a focus on compositional and improvisational techniques used in popular styles of music. The lessons are geared toward intermediate level players on up and can be followed on either an acoustic or electric guitar. Bass players can learn a lot from the instruction too. It is recommended that you begin with the first episode titled, What Is Guitar Theory, and then follow the lessons in order from there.
4. Flatpicking Guitar Podcast
Put out by Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, this Podcast focuses on flatpicking through features celebrity interviews, music, and flatpicking news and information.
5. Fretboard Journal
Produced by Fretboard Journal Magazine, this is a weekly podcast highlighting interviews with legendary guitarists, luthiers and more.
6. Rig Rundowns – Premier Guitar
Premier Guitar’s world-famous Rig Rundowns take you backstage to explore the live gear used by your favorite guitar and bass players. Whether you’re into shred, country, indie, or classic rock, Rig Rundowns give you the lowdown on the instruments, pedals, and amps powering the biggest acts on the road today—and often we even coax them into demoing their favorite settings. Listen now and pick up new tricks for how to set up your rig!
7. 60 Cycle Hum: The Guitar Podcast!
A fun podcast from two guys just chatting guitars and other stuff. With great reviews from their listeners, they’ve been going strong since Jan 2014.
8. The Guitar Channel
Pierre Journel began this podcast with the mission to “help discover all the facets of the guitar via encounters with musicians, luthiers, amp or effect builder and also via soundseeings of instruments, effects as well as any equipment having a role in creating a sound.”
9. The Double-Stop Podcast
This rock-focused podcast by Brian Sword focuses on a lot of player interviews, bringing out some good real world playing experience for the listener.
10. Learning Guitar Now
John W. Tuggle produces this podcast focusing on blues and slide guitar lessons in the style of BB King, Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman.
There are certainly many other great guitar-oriented podcasts out there. But this is a good list to get started.