Here is an old video recording of the Canadian musician/ acoustic guitar player / singer songwriter Neil Young. It was recorded live in 1970 at the Finjan Cafe. He is performing Loner and Cinnamon Girls. This is great treat for Neil Young and Crosby Stills Nash and Young fans. I’s a reasonably simple dropped D acoustic guitar part with a capo up a couple of frets but it’s very powerful.
A year or so ago I published a simple but very musical sounding DADGAD Arrangement of the old tune Gypsy Rover. I have decided to republish it because the previous web page no longer exists due to a weird turn of we events. A lot of the music I have arranged in this style is inspired by players like Stefan Grossman and Duck Baker.
This is a basic idea to build upon and I would be interested in seeing where other players take this piece. Playing slowly and in time is a great place to start wth this piece and then gradually speed it up….and still play it in time
This is a DADGAD Tuning of Amazing Grace for Fingerstyle Guitar which I wrote about two years ago but due to a web related issue, I have decided to repost the tune. I’ve written it a particular way, slow bluesy and soulful. It is a foundation for other players to build on.
I was introduced to the acoustic player Maneli Jamal only a few minutes ago, and I think it is a worthwhile posted a brief article about him. He’s one of the Acoustic Guitar Players in Guitar Idol
A quote from Guitar Idol site “Having dedicated himself to the exploration of acoustic guitar technique, Maneli Jamal is a completely self-taught solo acoustic instrumental guitarist that creates eclectic, adventurous and moving songs that capture the imagination of his audiences. Currently living in Canada, he is trying to pursue his passion as a profession!”
I’ve posted this short article with an Acoustic Blues Guitar Video on Youtube because a lot of younger playrs may not know of Howlin’ Wolf and some others may have only heard him and never seen footage. It’s called Shake it For Me and also has Hubert Sumlin on Guitar. It’s from 1964
I never get involved in court cases, especially if they have nothing to do with me, but I couldn’t resist this one. I was watching the news tonight and amonst a whole lot of very boring stuff, something jumped out at me.
You may remember an Australian Band called Men at Work, they had a it with a song called Down Under. … “he just smiled and gve me a vegemite sandwich….on a Hippie trail head full of Zombie” fame. Well, there is a claim that the tune Down Under is a rip off of a childrens song called Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, here is the article Daily Telegraph Kookaburra Sits in he Old Gum Tree. What made me laugh is that the part that is supposedly ripped off is a bar or so in the flute solo. I struggled when I heard the accusation, in fact I roared with laughter. Musicians quote from other tunes in solos on numerous occassions. The relationship between the main tune with its pseudo reggae beat to the solo is close to irrelevant. I’ll be watching this one with wonder and awe.
Meanwhile I’ve just been listening to Milton Nascimento sing Ghost Riders in the Sky in Portugeuse.
I wrote a very simple and helpful guitar TAB and Music Notation of Essential Blues Scales for Acoustic Guitar some time ago. Obviously they are suitable for electric guitar. As there are many new visitors all the time to my acoustic guitar sites, I thought it would be a good idea to post a quick article about them. In many of them I have included a number of open string because I like the sound of open strings on an acoustic, and also it creates a little breathing space. Yes there are other ones than these but hese are nice ones to get players started or for those that wish to brush up on their scales.
I was alerted to the article about the manager of U2 – Paul McGuinness. It’s an interesting debate which ultimately involves the destiny and marketing of music in general. I know that Seth Godin wrote an interesting article some time ago, and many thngs in it I didn’t particularly agree with. It is the very thing that a friend of mine who managers one of the top bands around at the moment, and I were discussing a few weeks back. The musicians perspective is often very different from the Give Me More for Nothing Mentality
I’ve just found out that there is a Michael Manzer Froggy Bottom Hand made Acoustic Guitar on raffle.
Michael’s guitars are some of the best in the world.
QUOTE from Froggy Bottom Site: ” The guitar is a unique instrument, a Custom Grade of 5A Madagascar rosewood and Adirondack spruce. Two Petria Mitchell engravings adorn the end graft and heel cap, a slotted headstock carries gold Waverly tuners, and the top border, including the fretboard extension is inlaid with brilliant paua abalone from New Zealand. This guitar is valued at $14,125.”
Froggy Bottom Guitar
To have the opportunity of owning this beutiful guitar go to the follwing link. It’s $20 US a ticket and tickets are available via SECURE purchasing via Paypal.
Tony Hogan – Acoustic Guitar Player. I’m writing this short article / post to let new readers know that I also have another guitar blog website at The Acoustic Guitarist , this site also contains numerous Acoustic Guitar Youtubes, Guitar Scales and TABS, articles on how to inspire yourself to be a better guitar player.
Here’s the great music historian and Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Player Stefan Grossman doing a Guitar Tutorial on how to play the Reverend Gary Davis song Cocaine Blues
The Internet is full of Guitar Tab which is very innacurate, written by people with various skills. If you want a decent resource on how to play properly, check out Stefan Grossman’s book below. Why waste your time with poor quality resources?
Everyone is always saying who they think is the hottest band of all time. I think Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution are in with a chance. In fact, even if you don’t like their style you’d have to say they are better than a lot of bands.
It’s a low budget production
Acoustic Guitar Player Blog goes Electric just for a moment.
Here’s an Acoustic Guitar Video by Antoine Dufour, it is called Ashes in the Sea.
Antoine is one of the new generation of great Acoustic Guitar Players who is expanding the acoustic guitar style. Others who are really worth exploring Andy McKee, Pierre Bensusan, Thomas Leeb, and Don Ross.
This Acoustic Guitar Youtube Video features Duck Baker teaching how to play the traditional song called Red Wing. It is Part 2. In this guitar lesson Duck Baker goes into to detail about left hand fingering. Duck Baker has recorded many albums and has written guitar books in conjunction with Stefan Grossman.
Duck discusses usage of passing chords going from a C to a G and also comfortable ways of fingering the chords. He also discusses right and left hand co-ordination, and holding bass notes and playing the melody notes with the other fingers.
These sort of tunes are great for singer/guitar players because the techniques used are very good for adding variations to your guitar parts when you’re not singing. Personally I find playing solo arrangements a key to creating much stronger accompaniment parts for when either other singers sing or I sing. Really, what you are doing is expanding the toolbox. When Playing solo gigs, a single note guitar solo generally just won’t cut it, you need parts which are much stronger or the whole tune just falls apart.
Duck Baker Youtube Guitar Video Tutorial is available at:
The Following book includes El McMeen using tunings such as CGDGAD (A as well as other oen and normal tuning arrangements.
Complete Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar By Stefan Grossman, Duck Baker And El Mcmeen. By Stefan Grossman, Duck Baker and El McMeen. For Guitar (Fingerpicking). Solos. Complete. Celtic/Irish. Level: Multiple Levels. Book/CD Set. 244 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (95217BCD) See more info…
Andy McKee continues to explore percussive and harmonic techniques which were made popular in the 1980′s by the great guitar / composer Michael Hedges. This tune is is by another great Acoustic Guitar player called Don Ross it is called Tight Trite Night.
Here is a link to the great (late) Michael Hedges acoustic guitar video called Rickover’s DreamMichael Hedges
This is a very interesting acoustic guitar video with Pat Metheny, the guitar player who recorded some magnificent albums on the EC M label, including Watercolors, New Chautauqua, Bright Size Life. Pat made it famous as a guitar player very early at about 17 years old when he joined the vibraphone player Gary Burton’s band. Although Pat Metheny is predominantly known as a jazz guitar player, he has ventured a long way out from the standard jazz format with his acoustic guitar playing and has recorded a very beautiful acoustic guitar album on Baritone Guitar called One Quiet Night.
This video, for me, shows where one area of guitar is heading and the work he is doing is as innovative as such great players as Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan. Andy Mckee and other contemporay players. Here once again Metheny is playing a guitar named “Picasso”by the the great Canadian luthierLinda Manzer, it was recorded at a guitar festival in Cordoba Spain.
This Youtube Video of Joni Mitchell is from one of her performances some years ago on the Johnny Cash show. What struck me about it is her big sounding open tuned dreadnought acoustic guitar. There are not many others who can hold people spellbound like Joni does with just a guitar and voice. If you explore the nuances in her voice , you start to realize the greatness of her singing. Althouigh our ears have become very used to the sound of the song Both Sides Now, when listening o this version it sounds fresh and new.
A quote by Marcy from the site: Some may ask, ”Why do the girl guitar players need a website?” I’m happy to tell you why. I’m lucky to have a long and fairly illustrious career as a female guitar player. I’ve been a professional guitar player/concert performer/session player/recording artist for over 30 years (Yikes! How’s that possible?). After all this time people still come up to me and ask, “Why don’t more women play the guitar?” I’m still surprised by the question even though I’ve heard it hundreds of times and I’ve finally figured out a way to give people an answer.The answer is on the pages of Girls With Guitars.”
Many of my favorite guitar players are female. The guitar industry has been dominated by men for so long, it’s nice to see a gradual shift in the mentality over the years about the profile of female guitarists. Now we have Kaki King, Badi Assad, Muriel Anderson and other players who are great innovators and are pushing out the boundaries of acoustic guitar. I recommend you check out Girls With Guitars Network, I know this is the beginning of something massive.
Here’s a Guitar Youtube of the Brilliant Duck Baker giving a guitar lesson about an old standard tune called Red Wing on a nylon string guitar. If you are not familiar with Duck Baker, he has written books with Stefan Grossman and also has numerous DVD’s on guitar instruction and CD’s as a soloist and with others . Duck’s website is atDuck Baker
Adrian Legg – A True Innovator of Acoustic and Electric Guitar
What astounds me is that there are a number of briliant guitar players who fall into the Legend Category for guitarists like myself, and in some cases they are not household names. Admittedly I’ve played guitar and followed the development of it for 40 years. One player that visitors need to be aware of is Adrian Legg.
Adrian is an English guitar player, he wrote numerous articles in the Seventies and Eighties and in 1981 published a book called Customising Your Electric Guitar, this book set the benchmark for all others to follow.
This is a beautiful tune and Adrian himself assured me it’s easy enough to play. Adrian plays very clean fingerstyle guitar and if you explore his work over the years you will very quickly come to realise that he is one of the true inovators of the guitar. He has recorded about 15 albums and is currently touring.
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