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Throwback Thursday: Grateful Dead Unplugged in 1980

Grateful Dead perform "Bird Song" acoustic, Halloween 1980

Video. Sessions. Folk. Rock.

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Prime Dylan for the Curious and Completists

The next installment in The Bootleg Series focuses on three of his most-loved 1960s albums

Video. Sessions. Folk. Rock.

Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan 25 years Later

Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan

Video. News. Blues. Rock.


How to Play Easy, Movable Arpeggios that Work with Any Chord Progression

Most guitarists start playing leads by learning how to play scales, which is a great way to begin, but scales are just one way to play solo lines. Learn more in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Basics.

Video. Lessons. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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Indigo Girls: Tried & True

Emily Saliers—one half of the Indigo Girls—always returns to the guitar for songwriting

News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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Jerry's Way: A Look at the Grateful Dead Guitarist’s Acoustic Style

This lesson examines the trademarks of Jerry Garcia’s acoustic approach.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Rock. Technique and Theory.


Guitar + Harmonica: How to "Tongue Block"

This excerpt from A Basic Harmonica Lesson for Guitarists teaches you a vital technique called "tongue blocking." It also covers the chord progression used by Neil Young on his popular guitar-and-harp song, “Heart of Gold.”

Advice. Blues. Folk. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.


Paul Simon Speaks Candidly about the Art and Craft of Songwriting

In this excerpt from Rock Troubadors, Paul Simon discusses writing and arranging some of his most famous songs.

Advice. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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Tea Time with Jerry Garcia: The Grateful Dead Guitarist on his Country Roots

Sharing a cup of tea with Jerry Garcia yielded reflections on friendship and his country roots.

News. Bluegrass. Rock. Songwriting.


Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals Haven't Skipped a Beat

The calendar says it’s been seven years since Ben Harper played with his Innocent Criminals, but you wouldn’t have known it if you were at the Fillmore Auditorium last night. In fact, it sounded as if Harper and his longtime cohorts haven’t skipped a beat.

News. Rock. Songwriting.


Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna Manager Bill Thompson Dies

Less than a month after the passing of original Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully, comes word that another heavyweight of the San Francisco music scene, former Jefferson Airplane, Starship and Hot Tuna manager Bill Thompson, died January 12 of a heart attack in Mill Valley, Calif., where he lived, at the age of 70.

News. Folk. Rock.

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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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Stripped Down: Ultravox’s Midge Ure Tours Solo Acoustic

With the dawning of the new year, Midge Ure, best known in the U.S. as the charismatic frontman for the popular UK electropop group Ultravox during the first half of the 1980s, has embarked on a solo acoustic tour of North America from January through the first week of March.

News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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.

Vegas Disco-Pop Singer Shamir Turns in Acoustic Cover of Miranda Lambert Song

Electronic hipster unveils his inner country-folkie

Video. News. Country. Folk. Rock.

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Loop-the-Loop: Create your own Ed Sheeran sound

Ed Sheeran's guitar tech Trevor Dawkins explains the magic behind the pop star's big, glorious sound, both onstage and off.

Advice. Folk. Recording. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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Grateful Dead Manager Rock Scully Dies

Rock Scully, colorful manager of the Grateful Dead from early 1966 through most of the following two decades, died of lung cancer December 16 at the age of 74, in Monterey, California, where he was a longtime resident. 

News. Rock.

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A Sense of Purpose: Trampled by Turtles guitarist Dave Simonett reflects on his migration from rock ‘n’ roll to string-band music

When a group of young musicians got together in the early 2000s up in Duluth, Minnesota, to form a side project called Trampled By Turtles, they were unlikely candidates for an acoustic string band. 

News. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Folk. Rock.

VIDEO: Melissa Etheridge Shows Off Her Guitars to PBS

If you happened to catch the PBS NewsHour on December 9, you may have noticed Gwen Ifill's recent interview with Melissa Etheridge. Ifill went backstage to check out the rocker's traveling guitar collection. "I know nothing about guitars," Ifill told Etheridge, but that didn't stop Etheridge from showing off some of her favorite instruments.

Video. News. Rock.

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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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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.

EXCLUSIVE: Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band Premiere New Song, "Sorrow's Shine"

Listen to a brand new song from Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band's upcoming album Take it Like a Man.

Video. Sessions. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Folk. 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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