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Strengthen Your Picking and Fretting Hands with "Drop Two Chord Arpeggios"


The latest in our super-popular Weekly Workout series explores drop two chord arpeggios. You'll work through a variety of chord types using diatonic chords of major and melodic minor scales, all the while getting a comprehensive workout for the fretting and picking hands.


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Hosting Spring Conference


One of the biggest annual East Coast conferences aimed at folk music professionals will take place at the scenic Montreat Conference Center, 20 minutes northeast of Asheville, North Carolina, May 15-17. The four-day affair, put on by the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA), offers performances, informative panels, instructional workshops, and keynote speakers in an attempt to, in the words of SERFA president Kim Richardson, “bring together this community of music-minded folks and provide the space and time to connect and re-energize together—to ask questions, share lessons learned, and inspire one another—not to mention, to play a ton of music in this stunning setting.”


News. Bluegrass. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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World Circuit Records Releases Buena Vista Social Club's 'Lost & Found' on March 24


World Circuit Records is set to release Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found on March 24, distributed in North America by Nonesuch Records. The album features unreleased tracks by Cuban guitar master Eliades Ochoa.


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz. Recording.

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Joshua Radin Performs Wedding Song for Ellen


Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin appeared on Ellen earlier this week and performed the acoustic ballad “Today,” a song he sang at the host’s 2008 wedding.


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock.

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WinterWonderGrass Expands to California


For the past two years, the WinterWonderGrass festival has delighted bluegrass fans in Colorado with its eclectic lineups and picture-perfect location in the Vail Valley. For 2015, WWG has announced an inaugural California event to be held at Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe area.


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

Ed Sheeran, Ani DiFranco, Seth Avett Top the 10 Most-Watched 'Acoustic Guitar Sessions' of 2014


Take another look at the year's most popular AG video interviews and performances.


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

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2015 Grammy Nominations Unveiled


The 2015 Grammy nominations have been announced, and there are a number of Acoustic Guitar favorites on the list. Here are the nominations in the American Roots Music categories:


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Songwriting.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces U.S. Sessions


Guitar Workshop Plus, recipient of a 2014 Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award for Instruction, has announced its first-ever U.S.-based workshop for 2015. GWP has chosen San Diego as its newest location, and the inaugural San Diego workshop will be held on June 21-26, 2015 at the campus of California State University, San Marcos.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

Listen to the January Issue of 'Acoustic Guitar'


This week we offer some of the musical highlights from the January issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine.


Video. Sessions. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz. Rock. Songwriting.

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Over 45 Great Guitars for Under $600


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.


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

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Learn Fingerstyle Techniques with Part 2 of Cordoba's "How to Play Fingerstyle Guitar"


Fingerstyle technique is used in almost every genre and style of music, from timeless classical pieces to today's top hits. Instead of strumming chords, pluck individual strings to "decorate" the harmony!


Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Yusuf, Tell 'Em I'm Gone


Singer-songwriter Yusuf releases the best album Cat Stevens could never make.


Sessions. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Recording. Rock. Songwriting.

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Wayfaring Stranger No More: In less than five years, pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has become a household name


When the lights go down and a lone silhouette appears onstage under four towering LED screens inside the gargantuan SAP Center in San Jose, California, the place erupts into deafening screams. Ed Sheeran, who walked away from the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles the week before with a Moon Man statue for Best Male Video, launches into the sweet sorrow of “I’m a Mess,” from his new album, X, and nearly every one of the 8,000 mostly young, mostly female fans mouths the words, as if they, too, have suffered the relationship turmoil the song describes.


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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Dark Star: Forty years after his death, the songs of Nick Drake—flush with melancholy and mystique—continue to inspire guitarists


Nick Drake died in the dark. Not just in the literal shadow of nighttime—although he did apparently pass away before dawn on November 25, 1974 from an overdose of antidepressants—but also at a moment when the reclusive British singer-songwriter could have no way of gleaning the influence he would exert on generations of guitarists and songwriters.


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

Guitar Auction to Benefit Tony Rice


Here’s an auction that’s twice as exciting for Tony Rice fans—not only will they be able to bid on a fantastic Tony Rice-style guitar, but they’ll be helping their musical hero at the same time.


Video. News. Bluegrass. Fingerstyle.

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NYC’s Third Annual Guitar Mash Set for November 16


Acoustic-guitar luminaries from across the musical spectrum will be performing at the third annual Guitar Mash benefit show, to be held at New York’s City Winery on November 16. David Bromberg, Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge, Valerie June, and Chilean folk-rock wizard Nano Stern are among the top-notch musicians scheduled to appear.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Jazz. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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Rory Block Releases Latest in Her Mentor Series


In 1996, accomplished blueswoman Rory Block released a fine tribute to Robert Johnson, The Lady and Mr. Johnson, and the success of that release spawned her Mentor Series, a collection of tribute albums celebrating her most significant influences. The latest in that series, Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James, was released today on Stony Plain Records.


News. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Recording.

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O Sister: Alynda Lee Segarra reimagines roots music in Hurray for the Riff Raff


Alynda Lee Segarra was a high schooler in New York City when she first heard Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, and Alison Krauss in the 2000 blockbuster, O Brother, Where Art Thou? At that point, Segarra, like so many others her age, became part of the O Brother generation—one of the young musicians whose exposure to American roots music through the film would help to energize the latest folk revival.


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

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ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Rice, My Favourite Faded Fantasy


In the eight years since Damien Rice released his second album, 9, a cottage industry of sensitive, Starbucks-approved indie singer-songwriters emerged and then exploded into the teen-pop mainstream with the arrival of Rice-acolyte Ed Sheeran, who graces this issue’s cover. You can almost imagine Rice hovering in the wings with a furrowed brow, sullenly wringing his hands, thinking, “Please, please, relieve me of this writer’s block.”


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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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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Stan Jay of Mandolin Brothers Ailing


The Mandolin Café website is reporting that Stan Jay, owner of Mandolin Brothers instrument shop in Staten Island, New York, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. For more than 40 years, Jay’s beloved shop has been an institution, one of the world’s foremost purveyors of vintage instruments.


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

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Blueridge’s New BR-65KCE Offers Vintage Details


Whether playing a handful of fancy chords or a few single-note runs, Blueridge’s new BR-65KCE feels uncommonly responsive for an imported, mid-priced guitar, and the balance among the bass, middle, and treble regions is impressive. Perhaps owing to its koa build, the guitar has a warm and lovely voice, the notes ringing true and clear up and down the fretboard.


News. Bluegrass. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Songwriting.

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Bryan Sutton Wins Guitar Player of the Year at IBMA Awards


A slow, light rain crept across downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, early in the evening of October 3, the fourth day of the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass event.


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

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Santa Cruz Guitar Co., and the Birth of the Boutique


In late May, the acoustic-blues and folk singer Otis Taylor was hanging out at Immersive Studios in Boulder, Colorado, working on some new songs, when he ran into Bill Nershi, the guitarist for String Cheese Incident. The two got to talking about their instruments.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Rock. Songwriting.

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AG Contributors Release New Albums, Kickstarter Campaign


It’s been an embarrassment of musical riches for Acoustic Guitar recently, as three different AG contributors have recorded three very different acoustic-based album projects.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz. Recording. Rock. Songwriting.

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