Happy birthday to us! That’s right, today we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of AcousticNation.com, Guitar World’s channel for the contemporary acoustic music world. And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at some of my favorite highlights of that year.
If your day is missing some gorgeous guitar work, with lovely tone and virtuosic dexterity, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re premiering “Stone Cross” by Julian Lage and Chris Edridge from their new album Avalon, release October 7.
Harp and metal? Why not? Especially when it’s performed by the Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt. Here they tackle Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark,” for a performance they have said was one of their most difficult.
One simple technique that is often used to spice up many chords – and in the process make a lot of garden-variety chord progressions sound more interesting – is the manner-on. To play a hammer-on, pick a string and then, while the note is still ringing, sound a higher note on that same string by firmly tapping, or “hammering,” it onto the fretboard with one of your fretting fingers without picking it again.
Today we’re excited to share this captivatingly beautiful song from Louise Goffin’s sixth solo album, Songs From The Mine. With a lifetime spent soaking up the finest music of her generation (her parents are Carole King and Gerry Goffin), Goffin used the benefit of her heritage and experience to deliver a rich palette of beautifully written and performed songs.
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.
Sucré — the solo project of singer Stacy King (Eisley) — has announced its first-ever tour this summer. Kicking off September 4 in Houston, the run continues through eastern U.S. markets including Atlanta, Nashville, Washington DC, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and more before concluding September 23 in Dallas.
Today we are stoked to share a new song from Walter Salas-Humara. It’s “Satellite,” a laid back, clap along track with a cool groove, that has us searching for communication from above! Salas-Humara, a visual artist and singer/songwriter, is co-founder of the seminal Americana band The Silos. He’ll release this third solo album (and first in 18 years), Curve and Shake, on August 12 via The Orchard.
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!
I started writing songs before I could play the guitar. I've been trying to catch up to what I hear ever since. The process, since day one, has been like waiting for the arrival of friend. Never a literal attempt at creating. It has been going on at a steady clip for a long time now. I find writing the song the easy part. The hard part is making sure I should write the song.
In support of the recently announced re-release of The Cowboy's Prayer EP, out September 2nd on Other Music Recording Co., Mutual Benefit will embark on a massive fall tour starting the day after the EP's release in Richmond, VA.
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.
Today we’re proud to give you the premiere of Jay Brown’s new track, “Get Your Fill of Feelin' Hungry.” The song is featured on his new album, Beginner Mind. An ode to the happiness found in solitude, Brown establishes the song's contemplative melody with a lazily picked guitar line, and his weathered, restrained vocals.
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.