In today’s episode, I go through a basic phrase I’m calling “4 Measure Mix Up.” I’ve constructed this pattern to make something simple seem a little more complex without it actually being too difficult. By giving the Em and Cmaj7 chords in the second measure one beat each, it throws off the balance a little, but makes for a cool deviation.
Here’s a treat! It’s The Dustbowl Revival’s video for their new single “Never Had To Go,” featuring the man himself, Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene dancing up a storm. The song is from their new album, With A Lampshade On, set to release on July 21 on Signature Sounds Recordings.
Today we’re happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of LA-based folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage.” The song is partially inspired by his involvement in the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011. Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, “Days of Rage” is a perfect example of McPherson’s songwriting style.
On the heels of releasing his new self-titled LP, Tony Lucca dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to chat with editor Laura B. Whitmore. You may know him as a contestant on The Voice, but Lucca’s been honing his craft long before he appeared on the show. In fact, this is his eighth full-length album. Tony Lucca is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort.
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) hosted the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase at the Tinhorn Flats Salon and Grill during the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo in Hollywood, Calif., and it was nothing short of awesome. Check out live videos of four amazing performers here!
Beyond the obvious capo advantages of changing a song key to match vocal range, the capo can be handy tool for other purposes as well. There’s no reason not to keep one (or two) in your guitar case or clipped to your headstock for the moment that a need arises. Here are some uses of this handy device.
As the interval between the fifth scale degree and the octave, the fourth is basic to the structure of most chords. When used melodically, however, fourths are not nearly as versatile as thirds and sixths. As you’ll see, though, fourths have found a home within, of all places, R&B, soul, and funk. Check out this lesson with audio and tab...
Vance Joy has released a cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Know Places” from her album 1989. Joy will join Swift as main support on The 1989 World Tour, which kicks off May 20 (dates below). Taylor Swift previously covered Vance Joy’s 2x Platinum “Riptide” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Room in October, and you can watch that clip below.
Here’s not something you see everyday. It’s Candy Rat Records artist Luca Stricagnoli’s take on "Promentory” from the The Last Of The Mohicans soundtrack. In it, Stricagnoli’s sits a 7-string acoustic on his lap, and two other guitars (a baritone and standard) on nearby stands.
Chunky guitars paired with a breathy, sensuous vocal open Alanna Clarke’s acoustic video for “Heartstrings.” Spilling into the immediately catchy chorus, Clarke serves up some sweet melodic turns accented by her spot on vocal delivery. Like, like, like!
Jason Isbell has announced tour dates in support of the July 17 release of his new album, Something More Than Free. Isbell will be touring extensively with his band The 400 Unit, featuring Derry Deborja (Keys), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).
Today we’re thrilled to share with you the premiere of Sarah Blacker’s ukulele-based “It Shows.” The track is included on Blacker’s upcoming release, In Waves, out May 19. “This song is about when you know you're in love but neither person is admitting to it yet for fear that the magic will be lost, or that the other person may not love you back,” she shares.
￼￼Broken Into Better Shape is the fourth full-length release for Good Old War, due out on June 30. It’s the follow up to the band’s successful 2012 album Come Back As Rain which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The new album includes some of the band’s first co-writes, including one with renowned NYC producer Emile Haynie (fun., Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum) which resulted in the album’s soaring “Fly Away.”
LA’s Mercies were gracious enough to film an acoustic version of their song “Zalea” for us, which you can check out below! The track is featured on the band’s sophomore LP, Blue Against Green, which they released March 31. Originally from Connecticut, Mercies moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2013, and signed to Randm Records soon after.
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.