Acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is often asked why he tours so much. His response? “I’m trying to get good at this. This is what you do. You work at it! How else are you gonna get any good?” While Emmanuel’s mastery of the acoustic guitar can certainly be attributed to his years of touring, it’s also clear that he has a natural ability for the instrument like few others possess.
As always, several members of the Guitar World crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.
Here’s some rare footage of two guitar legends at work. It’s Chet Atkins joined by Mark Knopfler in a 1987 performance. The duo plays the standard “I’ll See You in My Dreams” followed by a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The former track appears on Atkins' and Knopfler’s 1990 collaborative album, Neck and Neck.
In today’s episode, I demonstrate a chord progression using mixed meters. I achieve this by simply switching time signatures each measure or two, depending on how you want to count it. I give the first three chords 3 beats each and the last chord 2 beats. This can be also thought of as 6/8 then 5/8.
Perhaps their most explosive and thrilling release to date, Rodrigo y Gabriela's 9 Dead Alive captures the duo bursting with melodic and rhythmic invention. Opening track “The Soundmaker” is evidence of this raw energy. Watch an exclusive performance of the song right here!
We were lucky enough to get a visit from world class acoustic duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela. Fresh on the heels of the release of their latest album, 9 Dead Alive, Rod y Gab discuss their inspiration for the record, as well as their songwriting process, guitars and much more. As the band's first record of new material in five years, 9 Dead Alive was recorded and produced by the duo at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico.
Need a ukulele pick-me-up? This video’s for you. Watch as Hawaiian ukulele goddess Taimane Gardner takes the instrument to a new level with this impressive medley. Performing the Latin classic “Tico Tico” along with pieces of the Mission Impossible and James Bond themes, Gardner leaps and dances around the room gazing at the audience – almost without ever looking down.
Singer songwriter Trevor Hall surprised his fans with the sudden release of his new 12-track album Chapter of the Forest on June 17. And now the wonderfully good surprises continue! This one is a live acoustic video filmed at DeathStar Studios in Los Angeles. In it, Hall shares the story behind the song and then performs a live solo acoustic version.
If your hands are tired, crampy, sore, or moving too slowly, odds are that they're working too hard! I'll explain. When I was fifteen my French teacher unknowingly gave me a lifelong practice “assistant” when she volunteered to give Iyengar-style yoga classes once a week after school. I was instantly hooked.