In this week’s episode of Sunday Strum, I demonstrate an example using eighth note triplets. This is a basic way of practicing them, but if you are more comfortable with the rhythm, feel free to switch it up and apply triplets any way you like. The eighth note triplet rhythm translates to three eighth notes in the space of two eighth notes.
Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
We’ve teamed up with Venice Beach, CA-based songwriter Joe Con to premiere his track “Said and Done.” Centered around Con’s laid-back, poetic croon, the track manages to seamlessly blend folk, pop and hip hop. While hooky and melodic, the track has a dreamy, lullaby-like quality that seeps in more with each listen. "This song was written in Burlington, Vermont the fall before I moved to LA,” says Con.
Check out this candid jam featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov performing “Hit the Road Jack.” The video was posted just a week ago on Presnyakov’s YouTube channel. Emmanuel and Presnyakov come from two separate schools stylistically, but it’s great fun to watch the pair trade licks back and forth. Presnyakov leans on the classical side of things, but his playing blends perfectly against Emmanuel’s picking chops.
Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
Today we’re proud to give you the world premiere of Portland songwriter Adam Zwig’s new video, “Sunshine Waves.” The track will appear on his forthcoming EP, Stones, Bones, and Skin, which you can pick up August 18.
We've watched ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro deliver some amazing performances live in the Acoustic Nation studio. We've had a wonderful chat with him about his latest album, his gear, touring, recording and so much more. Now things get hands on. Here Shimabukuro sits down with Acoustic Nation editor Laura B. Whitmore and shares some ukulele basics that are sure to get you strumming.
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Soundgarden’s rock masterpiece Superunknown, here’s frontman Chris Cornell and bassist Ben Shepherd performing one of the record’s standout tracks, “Fell on Black Days.”
It was a glorious day in Union Square Park on June 21. Just the right kind of weather for hundreds of guitarists to gather and jam for Mass Appeal: Guitars, an annual event that’s part of the Make Music Festival. This year, Acoustic Nation co-hosted the event with the New York City Guitar School and I have to say, it was truly epic.
Originally from Australia and now situated in Nashville, this man knows how to coax the most expressive melodies and counterpoints out of his guitar. And this show ranged from down and dirty blues to classic Americana.
Beginning July 4, the eighth season of Live from the Artists Den premieres nationwide on public television (check local listings) with a rousing performance from country superstar Tim McGraw at a Neoclassical former bank building in Houston, TX. The long-running concert series creatively connects fans with an eclectic roster of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues across the United States.
The day is drawing near! Pickathon 2014, happening August 1 through August 3 on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR (a mere 15 minute drive from downtown Portland), is under six weeks away, and we're excited to share the schedule with fans and soon-to-be fans alike.
We recently caught up with Chicago’s Moonrise Nation for an exclusive interview. Comprised of seventeen-year-old Arden Bee (vocals/piano), her older sister Eva (cello/bass), and Emma McCall (guitar/percussion), the trio blends keen musicianship and delicate harmonies into their own brand of folk-pop.
Nashville modern folk band NEULORE – led by the songwriting duo of Adam Agin and William T. Cook – continue their US tour through July and into August opening for Ingrid Michaelson. Earlier this year, the duo signed with Los Angeles indie Chop Shop Records (distributed by Island Records) and will release their full length debut Animal Evolve in the fall.
I’m very excited to share our Songwriter Sessions: Live submission winners! Each one of these performers will share their submitted song at an event taking place at the NAMM show in Nashville, TN on the Acoustic Nation Stage.