Here young South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung digs into a fingerstyle rendition of Michael Jackson's “Billy Jean.” Jung started playing at age 9, and as you can see, he’s progressed to prodigy level. His YouTube covers collectively have hundreds of millions of views.
Another Friday, and another viral video is making the rounds in stringed-instrument land. This time, it's a fan-filmed clip of Taimane Gardner, a Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso, performing at the 2014 San Diego Ukulele Festival.
We're excited to share Shelly Waters' new video for “Drive,” the title track from her new release out now on Moonwatcher Music. Waters’ strong, deep Americana and Country sound and distinct voice are showcased here.
What do you get when you combine two of today’s hottest songs, strip away some of the sugary production and add a bit of acoustic guitar? Mikey Wax’s “All About That SHAKE.” Here Wax combines Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” with Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” to create a humorous video along with bandmates Joe Striff (guitar/background vocals) and Ricky Tomlinson (drums/background vocals).
Compass Records and Appalachian Voices are pleased to announce that Dear Jean – Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie has been listed as the #1 most played album on the FolkDJ Radio Charts for the second month in a row. This 37 track, two CD love letter to the iconic Kentucky musician features many of folk music’s most respected performers and has received praises from a variety of sources.
Here’s a stunner from Anna Vogelzang called “Mercy” from her new EP release Driftless due out November 11. Her lovely poignant lyrics delivered with her distinctive vocal style draw the listener into her whistful musings. Her driving strum pushes the song along…it has somewhere to go!
In today’s episode, I go over how to swing eighth notes. Swung (as opposed to straight) eighth note pairs contain one long and one short eighth note. This literally translates to the first and third hits of an eighth note triplet figure. The strumming pattern I play in the examples can be applied to different types of music and can create different distinct feels depending on how you approach it.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 2014 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.
Americana is alive and well in Boston, MA. Case in point, the unexpected pleasure of a live show from Mark Erelli at Cambridge’s Club Passim. On this pass, Erelli was performing songs written by New England legend Bill Morrissey. Erelli not only created a fitting tribute to this talent with his album Milltowns, he also made these gems his own.
Run by hit Nashville songwriters Clay Mills and Marty Dodson, SongTown.com provides webinars, classes, retreats, video tutorials, advice and more for aspiring and professional songwriters of all genres.
Nathanson has partnered with Starkey Hearing Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the hearing impaired. 100% of proceeds from a video of Nathanson and his experience with the Foundation are being donated to the Foundation by Matt and his label, Vanguard Records. The more the VEVO/YouTube link is posted and shared, the more funds they will receive.
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.
Today we’re thrilled to bring you a preview of Ben Ottewell’s new album Rattlebag in its entirety. As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rattlebag releases on October 27 on The End Records / ADA.