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John Fogerty to speak at USC music school graduation


John Fogerty has a “fortunate son” of a different stripe these days—in this case it’s Shane Fogerty, who’ll see his rock ‘n’ roll dad deliver the commencement speech next month  at his own college graduation ceremony.


Video. News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

Woody Guthrie Home Made into Guitars


This land is your land—and Woody Guthrie’s land is about to become someone’s guitar. At least that’s the plan, as guitar-manufacturing company Gibson is set to auction off eight custom-made guitars built with wood from Woody Guthrie’s childhood home in Oklahoma.


Video. News. Blues. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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REVIEW: Shook Twins Show New Side of Folk Music at Freight & Salvage


Fronted by songwriters Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Shook Twins wowed Berkeley's Freight & Salvage with original compositions that took folk music in a new and unexpected direction.


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

Neil Young is rockin' in the Kickstarter world


It’s “after the gold rush” once again for Neil Young—only this time the gold rush is more than $5 million in Kickstarter-raised funds for the 68-year-old singer-songwriter’s new online digital music company.


Video. News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Hobler Premieres Video for 'All Along'


New York folkie Ryan Hobler is premiering the video for his song "All Along" at AcousticGuitar.com. 


Video. News. Flatpicking. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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Kacey Musgraves Reflects on her Whirlwind Ascent


There is no denying that Kacey Musgraves' arrow is pointing upward. 


Songs. Country. Rock. Songwriting.

Hank Williams 'Garden Spot' recordings to be released


Two dozen long-lost Hank Williams performances will “see the light” next month, when Omnivore Recordings releases The Garden Spot Programs, 1950, a collection of cuts from an obscure Iowa-based radio show that first aired more than 64 years ago.


Video. News. Country. Songwriting.

Paul Simon tribute concert at Carnegie Hall


There won’t be much of the ‘sound of silence’ heard at New York’s Carnegie Hall next week, when folk-music legend—and noted fingerstyle guitarist—Paul Simon will be honored with a musical tribute to his 50-plus-year career.


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

Bob Dylan ‘New Basement Tapes’ projects 'shall be released' in 2014


Lo and behold! A slew of never-released Bob Dylan lyrics from the folk-rock legend’s Basement Tapes era is being turned into an album and movie project by such musicians as Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and T Bone Burnett.


Video. News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

EXCLUSIVE: Nathan Bell Premieres Powerful New Video for "Names"


Nathan Bell premieres his new video for "Names" today, exclusively at Acoustic Guitar. The song is from the singer-songwriter’s latest album Blood Like A River, reviewed in AG's March issue.


Video. Songs. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Recording. Rock. Songwriting.

EXCLUSIVE SONG: Singer-Songwriter Patrick Park Premieres ‘My Holding Hand is Empty’


'Acoustic Guitar' premieres Patrick Park’s new song “My Holding Hand is Empty” exclusively today. It’s one of the highlights of his upcoming fourth album, 'Love Like Swords,' available April 22 on iTunes and other music distributors.


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Recording. Rock. Songwriting.

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$1 Back Issues of Acoustic Guitar


FLASHBACK FRIDAY: All March back issues are one sale for $1. Limited supplies available, offer expires 3/21 (midnight PST).


Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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Workshop for Female Guitarists to be Held at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music


Acoustic Guitar contributor October Crifasi will be teaching rock and roll songwriting workshops for women this Saturday and Sunday, March 22nd and 23rd, at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. 


News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

Folk Alliance 2014 Spotlights Diversity


The Folk Alliance conference featured a variety of artists ranging from traditional bluegrass to singer-songwriters to acts blending cultures and genres—like Gangstagrass, a band that mixes acoustic guitar, dobro, banjo, fiddle and straight-up rap.


Video. Songs. Bluegrass. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

James Taylor Speaks Out Against Fracking in North Carolina TV Ad


Singer-songwriter James Taylor is appearing in an environmental TV ad in North Carolina, where he grew up, urging citizens to protest efforts to allow fracking in the state.


Video. News. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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Graham Nash Delivers Folk Alliance International Keynote Speech


“We’re trying to shorten the distance between the public and the truth,” said two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash in his keynote speech Thursday at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri.


News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

VIDEO: Badi Assad Plays "To Reach My Heart"


On tour to promote her new album Between Love and Luck, Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad dropped by Acoustic Guitar's studio for a chat and quick performance.


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Songwriting.

Tommy Emmanuel Rips Through "The TE Ranch" at Acoustic Guitar's Studio


Australian guitar great Tommy Emmanuel stopped by the Acoustic Guitar studio the other day to chat and play a few songs. Here he is doing his tune "The TE Ranch." 


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Songwriting.

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Steve Earle to Lead Camp Copperhead Songwriting Workshop


The esteemed singer-songwriter will teach the four-day course July 7-11, 2014.


News. Songwriting.

Kacey Musgraves Wins New Artist of the Year at 2013 CMAs


The country artist took home the New Artist of the Year award and performed "Follow Your Arrow."


Video. News. Country. Songwriting.

Use the Flat VI Chord in Your Blues Rock Songs


Note that in this excerpt, you’re playing all rock-style power chords, which have no thirds so are not explicitly major or minor.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Using Familiar Songs as Songwriting Templates


Try switching the key of a familiar song – a modification that may then inspire ideas for changing the rhythmic feel.


Video. Lessons. Songwriting. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Blues/Rock Chord Changes


How to use chords like the flatted VII in your songs.


. Blues. Rock. Songwriting. Early Intermediate.

Composing with Chord Substitutions

Using Extended Chords


Need to spice up a simple chord progression? Try using extended chords.


Audio. Lessons. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Intermediate.

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Experiment with Sound


Ever wonder how experienced songwriters tweak songs to make them sound original? Here are a few ways to recast your songs.


Lessons. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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