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Weekly Workout: Using Horizontal Harmonies to Express Chord Changes

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:28
 Using Horizontal Harmonies to Express Chord Changes
From the February 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY ADAM LEVY Guitarists tend to think of harmony and melody as two distinctly different musical elements. For most players, harmony consists of the standard chord grips. Melodies are played one note at a time and are usually related to familiar scale patterns. While those conceptions aren’t incorrect, there are ways of […]

Lesson: Expanding Your Harmonic Palette

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:11
 Expanding Your Harmonic Palette
From the February 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY JIM JOSSELYN THE PROBLEM You know the basic open chords but want to expand your harmonic vocabulary using the entire fretboard. THE SOLUTION Learn a system for turning shapes you already know into a new way of seeing and hearing what you can play on the guitar. GET EXPERIMENTAL Begin by conducting […]

Alberto Lombardi Embarks on a Fingerstyle Journey with ‘Birds’

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:43
Alberto Lombardi Embarks on a Fingerstyle Journey with ‘Birds’
From the January 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY MARK ARI Alberto Lombardi is in love. After 25 years as a producer, arranger, and electric session player, the Italian guitarist has given his heart to acoustic guitar. He credits Tommy Emmanuel for his conversion, and Emmanuel’s stylistic influence can be heard on Lombardi’s first acoustic album, Birds (Fingerpicking). The 2016 […]

Throwback Thursday: Jerry Garcia & David Grisman Play ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:35
 Jerry Garcia & David Grisman Play ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’
Having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? We’re here to help! Here’s a cool performance of Jerry Garcia and mandolin titan David Grisman performing a jammy, jazzy instrumental version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco on December 7, 1991. Helping out on the song are two members of […]

Summer Guitar and Music Camps, Workshops, and Clinics

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:09
Summer Guitar and Music Camps, Workshops, and Clinics
We asked Acoustic Guitar readers and audience members where they’ve been to camp recently. Here’s the list: EVENT NAME STATE/PROVINCE COUNTRY Acoustic Alaska AK US Alabama Folk School  AL US Folk Music Festival at Sharlot Hall Museum AZ US Alex de Grassi’s Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop CA US California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Festival CBA Youth […]

Lesson: How to Play the Blues Like Charley Patton

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:56
 How to Play the Blues Like Charley Patton
From the February 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY PETE MADSEN Not enough can be said about the influence of Charley Patton, a musician who is widely considered the father of the Delta blues. He informally mentored none other than Robert Johnson, and Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and John Lee Hooker are just a few of […]

Jazz Chord Improvisation Lesson with Martin Taylor

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:35
Jazz Chord Improvisation Lesson with Martin Taylor
Sponsored by Artistworks Martin Taylor has been teaching fingerstyle guitar online at ArtistWorks since 2010. Check out this free lesson where Martin breaks down how to improvise over jazz chords. For beginners, this exercise is a great way to try out improvisation and practice playing a clean solo without too many notes to complicate it. […]

How to Shop for a Used Guitar, Part 2

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:37
How to Shop for a Used Guitar, Part 2
From the February 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY MAMIE MINCH The first part of this series appeared in the January 2018 issue and is also available at AcousticGuitar.com So you’ve been shopping for your new favorite old guitar, and you’ve done everything right: You’ve got an idea in mind of what kind of guitar you’re looking for, you did […]

Lesson: Up-The-Neck Octave Exercises for Acoustic Guitar Players

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 04:14
Lesson Up-The-Neck Octave Exercises for Acoustic Guitar Players
  Posted by Scott Nygaard Excerpted from Weekly Workout: Move It On Up This workout starts with octaves on the E and D strings and continues with octaves on the B and A and then G and E strings. You’ll notice that some of the octaves on the G and E strings (measure 3) require […]

Throwback Thursday: Jackson Browne Sings ‘For Everyman’

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:04
 Jackson Browne Sings ‘For Everyman’
No hype needed here… Just a deep and powerful performance by one of our greatest singer-songwriters of one his all-time best songs, “For Everyman,” the title track of landmark second album, released in 1973. As relevant today as it was back then.  —Blair Jackson