Love Mumford and Sons? Joni Mitchell? Led Zeppelin? Patti Griffin? Have you tried to play their songs but just couldn’t make them sound quite right? Welcome to the world of alternate tunings. Not all songs are written for, or played in, the standard E-A-D-G-B-E tuning. Alternate tunings open up a whole new world for guitarists willing to look beyond the standard tuning, offering the possibility of creating combinations of notes not previously available, or only available to those with enormous hands.
Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric guitar offerings.
Here's a rhythm guitar lesson to mix things up a bit. This week I expand upon rhythmic displacement. In this lesson and video I use a pattern that lasts 3 beats and then is repeated on different parts of the measure.
Sarah Command of The Command Sisters stopped by the Acoustic Nation studio. Lucky for us she consented to share some tips on percussive acoustic guitar. She’ll run you through some of the slapping and tapping techniques used in Andy McKee’s “Drifting.”
This video, presented by Guitar Salon International, boasts not only some beautiful classical guitar playing, it’s also a lesson on using partial barres in your left hand fingering technique. Here Scott Morris runs down some tips for strategic use of partial and full barring. Plus some barring technique tips that’ll tune up your barres.
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.
Here’s Kaki King teaching us how to play the fingering pattern from the song “Trying to Speak Parts 1 & 2.” It’s a cut from her brand new album The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, the soundtrack to her multimedia show by the same name. Somehow when the incomparable Kaki King shares the trick to this riff she makes it look easy. But then watch her crank it full speed and holy moly!