Singing while playing guitar can be a daunting challenge for a beginner. A good sense of timing and rhythm and the ability to synthesize two different actions is necessary to pull it off. But like everything else you've learned to do on the guitar, it can be mastered.
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Dustin Lynch is one hot ticket. A Tennessee native, Lynch never turned away from the country music in his blood, and now he has the success to show for it. His latest album, Where It’s At has been burning up the country charts, and its title single is just a joyful piece of pure goodness. Lynch has a knack for meshing traditional musical influences with new territories that just equals a whole lotta fun.
Here’s one of my favorite and certainly the most powerful live video we’ve ever recorded in the Acoustic Nation studio. It’s Greg Holden along with Alex Foote performing the amazing song “Boys in the Street.” The song appears on Holden’s new album Chase The Sun.
Jennifer Batten (guitarist for Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson and more) is launching a new touring 3 1/2 hour course this summer titled, "Jennifer Batten's Self-Empowerment for the Modern Musician Experience." Here she explores a great practicing tool that she finds indispensable.
Three years after her critically-acclaimed debut, Til The Casket Drops, ZZ Ward is back and her hotly anticipated follow-up album, This Means War. The album is set for release on September 18. Every track on This Means War exudes ZZ’s swagger and confident stance as she lets loose her soulful voice over an energetic and more rhythmic core.
For the second year in a row, Metallica’s James Hetfield enjoyed a headlining slot at Acoustic-4-a-Cure, a pediatric cancer benefit concert. This year, Hetfield performed a tune with his oldest daughter, 16-year-old Cali.
We’re excited to share this announcement about a new album from the irrepressible John McLaughlin. It’s called Black Light and it’s due out in October 2015. In the video, McLaughlin shares an excerpt from the buoyant song, “El Hombre Que Sabía,” a heartfelt homage to his departed colleague, collaborator, and friend Paco De Lucia — with whom McLaughlin had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s untimely passing.
OK — a bit of a diversion from our normal acoustic coverage — but we stumbled upon some seriously cool lesson videos with B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King sits down to discuss his technique and playing, so grab your guitar and pull up a chair!
When I first started to pursue a career in music, I set out on a path to try to become the best at everything. Then I realized that day that I needed to figure out what I was best at and to try to become one of THE best at THAT.
Comedian-actor Adam Sandler dropped by the Late Show with David Letterman to perform an acoustic tribute for the soon-to-be-retiring host. The tribute was equal parts hilarious and touching, as Sandler sang, “He’s leaving after thirty years/And you know he will be missed/If you like gap-tooth men in double-breasted suits/He’s number one on your top-ten list.”