With a lot of talent and a little bit of luck, a new generation of acoustic guitar fingerstylists are blazing a new style of percussive, alternate-tuned shred. In the Eighties, radical fingerstylists like Michael Hedges and Preston Reed pioneered an acoustic guitar style based on an alternate-tuned, percussion-heavy, new age–tinged sound.
Sarah Command of The Command Sisters stopped by the Acoustic Nation studio. Lucky for us she consented to share some tips on percussive acoustic guitar. She’ll run you through some of the slapping and tapping techniques used in Andy McKee’s “Drifting.”
We recently posted a live video of fingerstyle master Andy McKee performing his track “Mythmaker.” Today we’re excited to share another video; McKee’s “Art of Motion,” a composition from his 2009 release, Dreamcatcher. The clip was filmed backstage in Nashville, TN, before his show at the Belcourt Theatre. “Art of Motion” kicks off with some intense rhythmic playing, before descending into dynamic and brilliant melodic passages.
We recently caught up with Andy McKee during his tour stop in Nashville, TN. Mr. McKee was gracious enough to take us backstage at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre for some one-on-one acoustic awesomeness. We’ve got two live videos to share, and first up is the title track from McKee’s Mythmaker EP, which he released earlier this year. “Mythmaker” is a brainy, incredibly melodic composition that McKee performs here with amazing fluidity. His tone is as magic as his touch on the instrument, and it’s always fun to see that baritone Greenfield guitar up close and in action.
Internationally renowned master acoustic guitarist Andy McKee has created “Andy McKee’s Musicarium.” As his first ever music camp, the event will take place August 3 - 7, 2015 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY in the Catskill Mountains. The 4-day experience will be an immersion in music, guitar playing and all things creative. Led by Andy with his handpicked guests and instructors including top players like Antoine Dufour, Stephen Bennett and Billy McLaughlin, plus a special appearance by master guitar builder Michael Greenfield, the ‘Musicarium’ will be filled with workshops, breakout sessions, jamming, open mics, concerts, and music in every way, shape or form.
Ernie Ball has teamed up with McKee to find the next great acoustic guitar player! The company is asking players to submit a 15-second to two-minute video of their best original acoustic performance for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood to record an EP at NRG Studios with McKee at the producing helm.
In late 2006, Topeka, Kansas-based acoustic guitarist Andy McKee burst onto the global guitar scene with a solo acoustic video of "Drifting," a two-handed fingerstyle affair, oozing with percussive slaps, tasty taps and harmonic slaps. The video went viral on YouTube, and made him a star.
Jason Kertson does an amazing job of performing on acoustic guitar. But with a twist. He’s playing two guitars at once! In this video Kertson taps out the rhythmic and melodic parts for Andy McKee's song "Drifting" off of the album Art of Motion.