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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.

Acoustic Soul Singer Michael Kiwanuka's Indie Label Partners with Fat Possum


Movement Records will soon be on the move in the U.S., as the British indie label recently signed a distribution deal with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum and Sony Entertainment’s RED.


Video. News. Blues. Jazz. Rock.

Bonnaroo Kicks Out the Jams


The Avett Brothers will be playing it to the Bonn this weekend—and by that we mean the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the annual four-day genre-come-all jam session at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee.


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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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Strengthen Your Fretting Hand


This fretting hand exercise from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials will improve your technique, no matter what style you are playing in.


Video. Lessons. Jazz. Advanced. Beginner. 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.


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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.


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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.


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LISTEN: Beck Covers John Lennon's "Love" for Starbucks Valentine's Day Compilation


Hear Beck's acoustic cover of John Lennon's "Love," the teaser track to Starbucks' Sweetheart compilation.


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Jazz. Rock.

VIDEO: Lily Allen and Chris Martin Perform Acoustic Version of "The Fear" at Charity Concert


Chris Martin of Coldplay accompanies Lily Allen on acoustic guitar at the Under 1 Roof benefit concert.


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Rock.

SUNDAY SHOWCASE: Liz Green - "Bad Medicine"


UK singer-songwriter Liz Green delivers an old blues sound...with a twist.


Video. News. Blues. Folk. Jazz.

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ArtistWorks Instructor Martin Taylor Teaches the Foundation of His Fingerstyle Mastery


In this free lesson from the good folks over at ArtistWorks, solo jazz icon Martin Taylor teaches the foundation of his fingerstyle mastery.


Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Technique and Theory.

VIDEO: Acoustic Artists Gaby Moreno and Natalia Lafourcade Take Home Awards from 2013 Latin Grammys


The singer-songwriters take home three awards altogether.


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz.

VIDEO: Natalia Lafourcade Nominated for Two Awards at 2013 Latin Grammys


The Mexican singer-songwriter is up for Best Long-Form Music Video and Best Alternative Music Album.


Video. News. Jazz. Rock.

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Emulate the Piano Using Guide Tone Voicings


When playing through the examples in today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials, the trick is to keep the half-note guide tones sustaining while playing the eighth-note lines on top.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Learn to Play the Classic Jazz Tune "After You've Gone"


Play this eight-bar excerpt of “After You’ve Gone” (taken from Early Jazz and Swing Songs for Guitar) at a moderate tempo.


Songs. Jazz. Early Intermediate.

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How to Pick the Right Key for Your Arrangement


When choosing the right key for your arrangement, think about the tune’s harmony and how active its melody is.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Technique and Theory. Intermediate.

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Guide Tone Voicings


Guide tones are simply the third and seventh notes of a chord (occasionally the third and sixth). Learn more in today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Intermediate.

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Harmonize a Melodic Line with Block Chords


Today’s excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials demonstrates the technique of harmonizing a melodic line with full, dense chord voicings – sometimes referred to as using block chords.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Intermediate.

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Translate Piano Voicings to Solo Jazz Guitar


Piano voicings featuring stacked fourths work well for solo guitar. Find out why and see the guitar translations at work in this excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials.


Video. Lessons. Fingerstyle. Jazz. Advanced.

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