Got a little time this Sunday? Learn this pattern that shows you how to do some easy raking. A rake is just striking the strings with the right hand normally, but muting them with the left hand to get a percussive sound. By replacing just one hit with a rake, I’m able to carve out a new vibe to an existing progression or song.
Ok, so you may be asking yourself, “Why is a metal bass player being featured on Acoustic Nation?” Wait for it. By now we’re all convinced that Robert Trujillo is a monster bass player. The job of providing the low end in Metallica – a band known for their lineage of fantastic bassists – is no easy task. But Trujillo delivers. What you’ll discover today, however, is that Trujillo’s musicality stretches beyond the bass. That’s right, we’re talking classical guitar maestro over here.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Taylor Guitars, co-founder Bob Taylor shares his vision for the company's guitar-making future and explains why master builder Andy Powers is good for both Taylor and the next generation of guitar players.
Here’s a song that will make you shush your co-workers so you can really listen. It’s The Lovebirds’ “Boat Train” from their upcoming album, Breakup Shmakeup, due out May 2, 2014. The dissonance and resolution interwoven into what I would call the perfect rainy day song gave me goosebumps. For real.
"Same Old Roots" is a lush song influenced by the late '60s early '70s British folk era. As a band piece it can often sound huge, so I was after a guitar that sounded like an orchestra to deliver this interpretation. This 1943 Martin D-18 guitar is one of the stars in the collection, mahogany back and sides, spruce top with an ebony board and bridge.
In March singer/songwriter Wendy Beckerman won best song of the month at the West Coast Songwriters Contra Costa Chapter competition. Her winning song, “Things the Times Haven't Changed,” is a beguiling recitation of timeless delights. It sounds like home in a most wonderful way. Hear it here!
Check out this clip of Paul McCartney (accompanied by then-current wife, Linda McCartney) strumming through a few classic numbers from his expansive catalog. McCartney performs “Blackbird,” from the Beatles’ White Album; “Blackbird,” from Wings' Band on the Run; “Michelle,” a Beatles cut from Rubber Soul; and “Heart of the Country,” from McCartney’s 1971 Ram album.
This video is perhaps the most famous example of the acoustic mastery of one José González. An absolutely gorgeous acoustic interpretation of the equally amazing electro-pop song by fellow Swedes The Knife, “Heartbeats” is simply a masterpiece. You can see in the video how effortless González’s playing is.
Think beautiful harmonies, well written lyrics, easy breezy feeling arrangements, and you’ve got David & Olivia pegged. David Rosales and Olivia May met up with each other by chance in 2011 and their musical chemistry has been sparking every since. With a lovely blend of melancholy blues and country sweetness, their debut EP, On the Sea fits perfectly with a summer night, a glass of wine in hand. You get the picture.
Each week we’re bringing you a new, easy acoustic guitar strum pattern to learn. It’s a perfect activity for a lazy Sunday, or for any time you have a minute to try something new. In this week’s episode, I focus on creating a country/western or rockabilly vibe.