Ah, the 12-string acoustic guitar. There’s nothing like sitting down with a 12-stringed beauty and letting some big, open chords ring out. A staple for guitarists like Jimmy Page, John Denver, and Lead Belly (SRV and Hendrix were known to strum a 12-er too), these grandiose instruments help to fill out the sound for solo performers and rhythm players alike. Here we’ve compiled a handful of some of the best 12-string acoustics on the market.
Today we’re thrilled to give you the premiere of Sukh’s beautiful “For the Road” music video. Doctor by day, musician by night, UK-based songwriter Sukhdeep Krishan strums softly as he laments love and loss, accompanied by gorgeous orchestral arrangements. The writing is clear and direct, and the video adds a beautiful visual element to Sukh’s story.
Sam Westphalen is a percussive acoustic guitar player from Australia with some seriously ferocious chops. And judging by his choice of covers, he also appears to be a huge metal fan (which we’re OK with too).
And now we bring you the impressive "four hands on one guitar neck" sounds of the Siqueira Lima Guitar Duo. In the video, guitarists Fernando (from Brazil) and Cecilia (from Uruguay) somehow perform a new arrangement of Zequinha de Abreu's "Tico Tico no Fubá (Zequinha de Abreu)" on one guitar—using their original "hand exchange" method.
Here’s an album premiere that I’m really excited about. It’s Sunlight by Imaginary Future (aka singer/songwriter Jesse Epstein). This 11-track album is constructed to be a love letter to Epstein’s wife, the fabulous and also super-talented Kina Grannis.
Here’s a cool lesson brought to you by our friends at D’Angelico Guitars and presented by artist Will Dailey. It features D’Angelico’s new acoustic Gramercy Grand Auditorium model. Here Dailey gives us a run down on using your left hand thumb in a satisfying chord progression that he’s used in his song “Boom Boom.
We recently sat down with NYC-based songwriter Emilyn Brodsky, where she discussed her new album Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings and much more. You can watch the full interview right here. While in the studio, Brodsky performed a couple of her tunes as well, and below you can watch “Origami Cranes” and “Born Again” – the latter of which is featured on her latest LP.
A couple weeks ago we debuted a live clip from Nashville-based songwriter, Ryan Culwell. The song, “Won’t Come Home,” has all the right ingredients for a proper Americana tune, with a hint of Bruce Springsteen influence to boot. Today, we share something different. Culwell’s “I Think I’ll Be Their God” is fiery from the get go, with each strum is more intense than the last.
If you’re a fan of Rush like I am, you probably know them for their hard-hitting, prog masterpieces like “Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit of Radio,” and “Limelight.” Decidedly electric and undeniable energetic, Rush’s intricate arrangements and complex rhythms characterize their catalog. But the band also spins out some masterfully created and performed acoustic parts and songs.