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Newport Folk Festival: Nickel Creek, Willie Watson, Milk Carton Kids, and Jack White All Shine


Day two at this year's Newport Folk Festival was jam packed with talent. From the Milk Carton Kids to Nickel Creek, the stage saw no shortage of acoustic stars.


Sessions. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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FLASH SALE: Acoustic Guitar Back Issues for $2


Acoustic Guitar July back issues are one sale for $2. Limited supplies available, offer expires 7/25 (midnight PST).


Sessions. Fingerstyle. Guitar Care. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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



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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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FLASH SALE: Get Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs for Just $12


Get the complete Acoustic Guitar Guide, Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs for just $12 (normally $29.99). Offer valid 7/18/14. You'll learn to flatpick the melodies to ten traditional fiddle tunes and songs, with simple melodic variations and performance tips.


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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Muriel Anderson Headlines July 17 'All Star Guitar Night'


The guitar stars will be shining on Nashville this week, when some of the brightest orbs in the acoustic world will strum up great music—and funds for a great cause—at Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night, one of the signature events at the National Association of Music Merchants’ summer conference.


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Play Slack Key in Open G with Homespun’s Mike Dowling


Learn to play “Big Island,” Mike Dowling's slack key style tune in open G.


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Robbie Basho Documentary Fundraiser Planned


Think of it as: a bash for Basho. At least that’s one way to describe the planned fundraising concert being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, next month to raise money for the completion of a documentary on the life of the late acoustic-guitar innovator Robbie Basho.


Video. Sessions. Fingerstyle. Folk.

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Learn Guitar with Pat Donohue, Mary Flower and More at 'Blues in the Gorge'


Menucha Presents: Blues in the Gorge. Immerse yourself in music for a long weekend with some of the best blues and fingerstyle guitarists around.


Video. Advice. Blues. Fingerstyle.

Andy McKee Sets Autumn Tour Dates


Andy McKee may not yet be an acoustic-guitar “legend,” but his fall Mythmaker tour looks like an epic in the making.


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Folk.

Alt Tunings Guitar Collections

FLASH SALE | Alternate Tunings Guitar Collection for $6


Learn to play songs from David Crosby, Ani DiFranco, Peter Finger, Paul Brady, Alex de Grassi, and many more - for just $6 plus shipping and handling


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Guitar Care. Technique and Theory.

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Ben and Ellen Harper Keep it in the Family with 'Childhood Home'


Not many things are as magical as the voices of blood relatives singing together in close, lockstep harmony. You’ve heard it countless times over the decades: the Carters, the Louvins, the Everlys, the Staples. When the singers are a mother and her son, the bond is deeper still.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock.

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Review: Gibson's New J-29 is an Acoustic-Rock Workhorse


So much classic music has been made on a Gibson J-45. Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, and John Lennon are just a few of the greats who have relied on this workhorse of a guitar, with its taut bass and overall warmth, not to mention its receptiveness to both forceful strumming and delicate fingerpicking. Gibson recently introduced a pair of curious variations on the J-45—the J-15 and J-29—swapping out walnut and rosewood bodies, respectively, for the traditional mahogany. 


News. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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Lowden Announces Youth Guitar Contest


Are you under 25, interested in free stuff, and able to shred on the guitar? If so, the Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year Competition might just be for you.


News. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Rock.

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Nickel Creek Rocks Oakland's Fox Theater


After a six-year hiatus, Nickel Creek is back on the road supporting their new album, A Dotted Line, and on Monday night at Oakland's Fox Theater, the band showed it it hasn't lost a beat. 


News. Bluegrass. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Jazz.

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ArtistWorks Instructor Martin Taylor Expands on his Foundation for Fingerstyle Magic


Build mini chord progressions all over the neck with root/10th transition points.


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Flash Sale: Explore Alternate Tunings Book for Just $5


Get the Acoustic Guitar book, Explore Alternate Tunings for just $5 (normally $19.99). Offer valid 5/2/14.


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Slack-key Legend Dennis Kamakahi, 1953 - 2014


Dennis Kamakahi, the renowned slack-key guitarist who helped put that distinctive open-tuning Hawaiian style on the map, died from lung cancer April 28. He was 61.


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VIDEO: Ricky Skaggs Awe-Struck at Merlefest


“Holy Ghost moment.” Those words came from the mouth of venerable mandolin player Ricky Skaggs as he walked off the Doc & Merle Watson Theatre stage at Merlefest Friday night, eyes closed and in a near trance, having just played a smoking set with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley.


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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.


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Ben Harper and Mom Keep It in the Family on New Album


Ben Harper is bringing it all back home this week, in anticipation of the upcoming release of Childhood Home, a new album the three-time Grammy winner recorded with his mom Ellen.


Video. News. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock.

Dolly Parton Offers Vinyl 7-inch for Record Store Day


Dolly Parton wants to leave record lovers blue this week—with a blue-vinyl edition of her new song “Blue Smoke,” that is.


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Dave Van Ronk 'Live in Monterey' to be Released May 13


Call it “Inside Dave Van Ronk.” At least that’s how Omnivore Recordings is framing its release of a 1998 live performance from the late Greenwich Village folk singer who found posthumous fame earlier this year thanks to the Coen Brothers’ movie Inside Llewyn Davis, whose title character was based loosely on Van Ronk.


Video. News. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk.

Guernsey Guitar Auction Hits a Bum Note


What if they held a million-dollar acoustic-guitar auction and nobody came?


Video. News. Bluegrass. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

Million-Dollar Martin, and more, on Auction in NYC


File under: guitars that had better stay in tune. And that’s the least the winning bidder of the 1930 Martin OM-45 Deluxe being auctioned in New York April 3 should expect—especially since that rare Depression-era model is expected to go for as much as $2 million.


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