Today we bring you another totally not-new video. However, it wound up in our inbox over the holidays, and we thought we'd share it. It's a clip of a guitarist named Jan Laurenz performing a piece he identifies merely as an "old folk song." The catch, I suppose, is that he's playing it on a BearTrax tap guitar.
Singing while playing guitar can be a daunting challenge for a beginner. A good sense of timing and rhythm and the ability to synthesize two different actions is necessary to pull it off. But like everything else you've learned to do on the guitar, it can be mastered.
I don't know about you, but I've got friends on Facebook posting things like "Good riddance 2014!" and "I made this resolution last year but 2015 is my year..." As for me, I'm actually guilty of a few "humble brags," because I doubled my musical income in 2014. I'm pretty confident I can do it again in 2015, too. Want me to share my secrets? Okay. :)
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the February 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
From a beef farm in Canada to co-writing with Taylor Swift in Nashville, Ryan Laird wasn't sure who he was musically until he took to the road. Pop hooks adorn this country lovin' farm boy with a story.
Now is the time when you look back at all the fabulous and horrific moments of the previous year. But it can also be a time to look forward at new possibilities. This year, I propose a set of guitar resolutions that are sure to energize my guitar interactions for the year to come and beyond.
I grew up listening to James Taylor, and I admit I know pretty much every word of every song he’s ever performed. But when it comes to the guitar parts, that’s something I’ve still gotta work on. Luckily the legendary Mr. Taylor has taken steps to remedy that. He’s posted a series of free lessons on his site that not only run through some of his most beloved songs, they also incorporate new portable camera technology so that you can see his right hand technique from the inside.
Here’s a cool video from guitarist Richard Keelin from Ashland, KY. Utilizing a thumb pick and finger style combo, Keelin digs in to a wide variety of covers with material ranging from Chet Atkins to The Beatles, Nirvana and Pharrell Williams.
They’re incredible. These kids have found a true talent, some of them at a very young age. Here we take a look at ten talented youngsters who have followed their passions to become top performers while they are still merely children. Inspiring, to say the least.
With 2015 around the corner, here’s a great way to revisit some of the biggest songs of 2014. Dutch guitarist Eddie van der Meer guides us through with this stellar fingerstyle medley. The performance features snippets of of Magic!’s “Rude,” Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” Avicii’s “Hey Brother,” Passenger’s “Let her Go” and much more.