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High End, Low Budget: Even with $600 (or less) to spend, guitarists can still find a great instrument


It wasn’t that long ago that budget guitars had the worst reputation: inferior instruments made from laminated woods, with poor playability and even worse tone. But things have changed. CNC (computer numeric control) machinery now allows guitar components to be accurately and efficiently cut into shape with astonishing speed, making high-quality guitars cheaper to produce. And thanks to technological advances, onboard electronics have become both more natural sounding and less expensive.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care.

Flamenco guitar great Manitas de Plata dies at 93


Manitas de Plata, one of the world's most popular flamenco guitarists, died Thursday at 93 in Montpellier, France.


Video. News. Classical. Jazz.

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Berlin Wall (of Guitars)


If you happen to find yourself in Berlin this November and consider yourself a guitar enthusiast, you ought to make your way over to the Holy Grail Guitar Show. The inaugural event will be held on November 15 and 16 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, and it will feature more than 100 of the world’s top guitar makers.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock.

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Baranov, Lin at Carnegie Hall


The next installment of the D’Addario Performance Series features two internationally acclaimed classical guitarists—one a seasoned veteran of the States, the other making his U.S. debut.


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Day Two of Summer NAMM 2014 Featured More Gear, More Excitement



Video. Sessions. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Recording. Rock.

Guitars Descend on Nashville for Summer NAMM Show


NASHVILLE, TENN.—Walk down Lower Broadway in this storied southern city on pretty much any afternoon and you’ll hear acoustic guitars and pedal-steel spilling out of Tootsies and other famous clubs along the city’s legendary strip. But if you’re in town for the Summer NAMM Show, the cacophony of new guitars and gear blasting from the massive new Music City Center nearby almost drowns out the twang.


Video. News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock.

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Ribot Plans Benefit for Haiti Youth Guitar Program


Musicians will be drumming up funds, while strumming for a good cause, this June as part of a fundraising event for the Frantz Casseus Young Guitarists Program in Port-Au-Prince.


News. Classical. Rock.

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Classical Guitar Virtuoso Jason Vieaux Breaks Down “Bourrée” by J.S. Bach


Learn to play Bach's "Bourrée in E Minor" in this lesson from Jason Vieaux and Artistworks.


Video. Songs. Classical. Advanced. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

Ovation Guitars to Cease Domestic Production


The curtain is closing on Ovation’s made-in-the-USA line of acoustic guitars, as parent company Fender Musical Instruments today announced the closing of the brand’s longtime domestic manufacturing facility in New Hartford, Connecticut.


Video. News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock.

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A Tour of the Córdoba Guitars US Shop


A visit to the nylon-string guitar company’s new American shop, where it’s building a new Master Series inspired by iconic classical luthiers.


News. Classical. Guitar Care.

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Art of Guitar in Santa Cruz Includes Dali-like Playfulness


Fred Carlson’s “humanitar”--a highlight of the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival--is a Dali-style amalgamation of harp, guitar, and dancer.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock.

Omar Torrez Debuts New L.R. Baggs Lyric Classical Guitar Microphone


Venice Beach-based flamenco guitarist Omar Torrez showed off the new L.R. Baggs Lyric Classical Microphone at the 2014 NAMM show. 


Video. Songs. Classical. Fingerstyle. Folk.

Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Competition Open to Acoustic Guitarists


The global music competition is accepting applications from acoustic guitarists for 2014.


Video. News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Jazz. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art to Display 35 Rare Martin Guitars in New Exhibit


Thirty-five rare Martin guitars will go on display at the Met.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock.

Family Tries to Raise Money for Flamenco Guitarist Ricardo Anglada Following Stroke


On October 26, Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Anglada suffered a stroke while performing in Laredo, Texas.


Video. Songs. Classical.

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Play Gaspar Sanz's Baroque Guitar Piece "Canarios"


“Canarios” is based upon a popular dance form from the Spanish Baroque and alternates between a 6/8 and 3/4 time feel.


Video. Songs. Classical. Fingerstyle. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Play the Catalan Folk Song "El Testament d'Amelia"


“El Testament d’Amelia” is one of seven Catalan folk songs adapted for guitar by Spanish composer/arranger Miguel Llobet.


Video. Songs. Classical. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Play the Spanish Classical Miniature “Lágrima”


Study one of classical guitar’s most enduring works from Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega.


Video. Songs. Classical. Intermediate.

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Great Classical Exercises


Develop your skills in hand and finger independence, bass lines, intervals, voicings, and more by playing elementary classical guitar exercises. See examples in today’s excerpt from Solo Fingerstyle Guitar Basics.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Fingerstyle. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Play the Spanish Classical Song "Guardame Las Vacas"


Today’s excerpt from Spanish Repertoire for Classical Guitar includes the first eight measures of “Guardame las Vacas” – one of the earliest published examples of a variation piece.


Video. Songs. Classical. Fingerstyle. Advanced.

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Theme and Melodic Variations


Learn how to expand a short melody into a complete composition or arrangement, using variations on “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Early Intermediate.

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The Giuliani Studies


Explore classical guitar master Mauro Giuliani’s legendary picking-hand exercises.


Lessons. Classical. Intermediate.

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Andrés Segovia


How the legendary classical guitarist elevated the guitar to the status of concert instrument in the 20th century.


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Prelude from the Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major


Learn an arrangement of a classic piece by Johann Sebastian Bach, transposed to the key of D and set in dropped-D tuning.


Video. Songs. Classical. Early Intermediate.

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The Art of the Classical Arpeggio


Study the classical guitar approach to picking figures across sets of strings with this series of arpeggio exercises.


Audio. Lessons. Classical. Beginner.

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