Acoustic Nation en Paul Gilbert Performs Van Halen's "Spanish Fly" — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a video of Racer X/Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert playing "Spanish Fly," a classic 1979 instrumental tune by Van Halen.</p> <p>Although we're not sure when (or where) the brief clip was filmed, we <em>do</em> know it was posted to YouTube early last year.</p> <p>Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook! Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/paul-gilbert">Paul Gilbert</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation Eddie Van Halen News Paul Gilbert Videos Videos News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:03:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20950 at Acoustic Nation Hosts Nashville NAMM Stage <!--paging_filter--><p>If you're going to be in the Nashville area during the NAMM show, here's a treat for you.</p> <p>Not only are tickets to get into the show super cheap, you'll be able to not only browse some amazing gear and meet company representatives, you'll be able to listen to some fantastic music as well.</p> <p>On Saturday, July 11, from 10am to 4pm, the NAMM show is open to the public and we'll be hosting the Acoustic Nation stage front and center in the Music City Center lobby.</p> <p><a href="">Get your tickets for NAMM's Music Industry Day here.</a></p> <p>And check out our line up of extremely talented performers below:</p> <p><strong>10:00am <a href="">Sabrina Lentini</a></strong></p> <p>The young and talented Sabrina Lentini has been playing stages for years. </p> <p>At the age of 13, Sabrina participated in <em>Majors and Minors</em>, a reality based TV series on The HUB network. She was one of twelve young performers chosen from a nationwide search of over 40,000. During the course of the show, she received advice and direction from talented stars such as Jordin Sparks,, Colbie Caillat, Jennifer Hudson, Avril Lavigne, and many more. </p> <p>Sabrina was thrilled to recieve a golden ticket on this Season 13 of FOX's infamous American Idol, where she survived Hollywood week and was the youngest contestant to make it all the way to the Top 48 out of more than 75,000. </p> <p>Not your average young musician, Sabrina is greatly influenced by artists that most her age are unaware of, such as Melanie Safka and Janis Joplin. She also pulls her musical inspiration from more current musicians like Colbie Caillat, KT Tunstall, and John Mayer.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>11:00am <a href="">Louisa Wendorff</a></strong></p> <p>Louisa’s passion took her from the warm Southern California coast to Nashville, Tennessee, where she attended Belmont University for Songwriting and Music Business. While in school, she began writing and recording for her first EP. She released the EP, <em>Arrow</em>, in June of 2014. Her EP soared to the No. 2 spot on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, gaining her the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s HeatSeekers Chart.</p> <p>Louisa’s talent was soon recognized when, in late December 2014, Taylor Swift discovered her latest mash-up video of Swift’s songs, “Blank Space” and “Style.” One word on Twitter from Swift herself, “OBSESSED,” launched Louisa into the spotlight. In no time, Louisa’s YouTube mash-up went viral, with over 17 million views in the first month alone. </p> <p>In February 2015, Louisa performed live at E!’s Live Countdown to the Grammy’s Red Carpet, as she simultaneously released her “Blank Space/Style” mash-up as a single on iTunes. The single rapidly climbed to the #18 spot for all genres on iTunes. Louisa calls Nashville home, and is currently working on new music. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>1:00pm <a href="">Dustin Lynch</a></strong></p> <p>Broken Bow Records artist Dustin Lynch’s self-titled debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart – making him the only new male artist to achieve such a feat that year. The album’s lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. “Cowboys and Angels” became a modern day country classic, ending the year as one Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012.</p> <p>Since releasing “Cowboys and Angels,” Dustin Lynch has launched on to the country music scene. Racking up over 25 million views on YouTube/VEVO, soaring to #1 on the MTV Music Meter and selling 2.4 million digital singles, the Tennessee native brings a fresh combination of traditional influences and edgy intensity to the genre. </p> <p>Producers Mickey Jack Cones, Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten showcase his progressive sound throughout his sophomore album, <em>WHERE IT’S AT</em> (Broken Bow Records), which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and has tallied over 750,000 tracks sold to date. Fueled by the scorching Top 25-and-rising single “Hell Of A Night” and multi-week #1, GOLD-certified smash “Where It’s At,” the buzz-worthy album has earned well over 23.6 million streams on Spotify. </p> <p>Previously opening for Keith Urban, Lynch is igniting crowds nationwide on Luke Bryan’s 2015 KICK THE DUST UP TOUR. With recent shout-outs from superstar Reba and CBS’ The Talk co-hosts, media critics have taken notice of the rising newcomer. He was praised in ROLLING STONE COUNTRY’s “The Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014” and ROLLING STONE’s 2013 Best of Rock Issue; named ELLE’s “Best New Country Music Artist of 2013,” and picked for both PEOPLE COUNTRY and US WEEKLY’s “2014 Sexiest Men of Country.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>3:00pm <a href="">Tony Lucca</a></strong></p> <p>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, his current release is his eighth full-length album.</p> <p><em>Tony Lucca</em> is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort.</p> <p>“We went in with the intention of making a record that was as live-sounding as possible,” Lucca shares.</p> <p>“I wanted to close my eyes and be able to visualize the players in the room or up on the stage, actually playing the songs together. One guitar over here, the other guy over there, bass, drums, some keys? I mean, that’s the rock-n-roll I fell in love with when I was a kid.”</p> <p>Lucca has made a record with Adam Levine, then toured with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson. He was cast by Justin Timberlake to play “the cool guy” in Timberlake’s directorial debut.He was cast on the hit show “Parenthood” playing himself as a rock singer, and performed an original song. And now he’s here to play for you!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Get your tickets for NAMM's Music Industry Day here.</a></p> Acoustic Nation Dustin Lynch Louisa Wendorff Sabrina Lentini Tony Lucca Blogs Videos Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:11:33 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24839 at Watch Tommy Emmanuel, Ian Date and Ian Cooper Perform “Honeysuckle Rose” <!--paging_filter--><p>Acoustic guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has just released a collaborative album with musicians Ian Date and Ian Cooper.</p> <p><em>Just Passing Through</em> was released June 23, and features nine tracks of gypsy jazz, folk, and blues styles that highlight each player’s musicianship. </p> <p>Here’s a taste of the album in video form – an amazing clip of the group performing the standard “Honeysuckle Rose.” </p> <p>To purchase the album (which we highly suggest you do!), click <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>If you’re hungry for some more Emmanuel content, check out this <a href="">exclusive lesson</a> we filmed with him. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation Tommy Emmanuel Blogs Videos Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:34:15 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24810 at Five Awesome Rock Song Arrangements for Classical Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>We’ve said it once before—classical guitar isn’t limited to classical music. To back that up, we carefully curated a list of five videos featuring awesome rock song arrangements made especially classical guitar.</p> <p>From Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” to Metallica’s “Orion,” these arrangements prove classical guitar is a thing of beauty whose versatility should be admired, explored and should definitely not be underestimated.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Metallica, “Orion” cover by Rodrigo y Gabriela </strong></p> <p>Few things make us happier than Metallica and classical guitar, and when you combine them both, well that’s just a magical combination. And that’s precisely what Rodrigo y Gabriela’s cover of Metallica’s “Orion” is—sheer magic. Check out their punchy, head-banging arrangement of “Orion” below. Not bad, is it? </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Eric Clapton, “Wonderful Tonight” cover by Daria Semikina </strong></p> <p>In its original state, “Wonderful Tonight” is already a great song. But Russian guitarist Daria Semikina takes it to another level with her arrangement on classical guitar. The soft and velvety sound of the nylon strings offer an extra layer of innocent beauty to the music. By the end of the song, you’re likely to be in a complete state of bliss. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing” cover by Pedro Javier González </strong></p> <p>Who knew “Sultans of Swing” would sound so nice with a Spanish flair? Here, Spanish guitarist Pedro Javier González displays wicked skills through his arrangement of the classic hit song. And if you think he can’t pull off the solo, just wait and see… </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Beatles, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” cover by Hiroshi Masuda</strong></p> <p>Hiroshi Masuda translates the quirky and playful essence of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” through his arrangement for classical guitar. He captures everything from the bass and the melody, and churns it out into a sophisticated interpretation for nylon strings. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>U2, “With or Without You” cover by Nathan Cragg</strong></p> <p>U2 and classical guitar… and unlikely pairing? Think again! This arrangement is an elegant rendition of the band’s song “With or Without You,” where arranger and performer Nathan Cragg becomes a one-man band delicately performing a chart-topping song on an instrument that isn’t known for its mainstream popularity (yet!). Who would’ve known?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> We challenge you to come up with your own rock song arrangement for classical guitar! Because you just never know how good Pantera or the Rolling Stones can sound on nylon strings until you give it a try…</p> Acoustic Nation Blogs Videos Features Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:47:30 +0000 Pauline France 24806 at Neil Young to Open Rebel Content Summer Tour with Solo Acoustic Set <!--paging_filter--><p>Neil Young has announced that he will open his upcoming Rebel Content Summer Tour with a solo acoustic set. </p> <p>He will then be joined by the band Promise of the Real for a full electric show. </p> <p>Both sets will feature new songs and old favorites. </p> <p>The tour kicks off on July 5th at Milwaukee's Summer Fest. Please see below for all upcoming dates.</p> <p>Promise of the Real is an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion). They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson, and Young on previous occasions.</p> <p>Watch Young along with Promise of the Real play “Wolf Moon” below:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>In addition, Neil Young + Promise of the Real are gearing up for the June 29 release of a new studio album, the guitar-centric, highly-charged rock album <em>The Monsanto Years</em>, which they recorded together. </p> <p>The ecologically and environmentally-focused album <em>The Monsanto Years</em> will be released through retailers (as a special CD + DVD package and vinyl) and available digitally via iTunes, Official Neil Young Store and on Neil Young's high-resolution device PonoMusic. Click here to order through PonoMusic.</p> <p><strong>Rebel Content Tour dates:</strong></p> <p>Sun July 5 Milwaukee Summer Fest Milwaukee,<br /> Wed July 8 Red Rocks Denver, CO<br /> Thurs July 9 Red Rocks Denver, CO<br /> Sat July 11 Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE<br /> Mon July 13 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH<br /> Tues July 14 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI<br /> Thurs July16 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ<br /> Fri July 17 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY<br /> Sun July 19 Champlain Valley Expo Essex Junction, VT<br /> Tues July 21 Jones Beach Wantagh, NY<br /> Wed July 22 Xfinity Center Great Woods, MA<br /> Fri July 24 Wayhome Festival Oro-Medonte, ON</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Neil Young News Videos Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:35:58 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24801 at JUTAUN Perform "Who Am I" Live — Exclusive Acoustic Video Premiere <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a really gorgeous performance by New Jersey trio, JUTAUN titled “Who Am I.”</p> <p>The song appears on the band’s upcoming EP <em>Back To Life</em> releasing July 8.</p> <p>This video finds the band performing a touching acoustic version.</p> <p>Heartfelt and laced with gorgeous harmonies and lovely instrumentation, it’s extremely well done. There must have been some magic moments in the studio!</p> <p>"The music video for 'Who Am I' focuses on a broader story that is backdropped with our song," says the band. "We really wanted the live session video to focus on the performance and nuances of the song itself.”</p> <p>This stripped down version has it’s own special touches that go far beyond the usual acoustic vid.</p> <p>Check it out here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>JUTAUN band has gained international exposure with their viral single, "By The River," which reached #87on the AAA Billboard Charts. </p> <p>Jake Evans (percussion &amp; vocals), Jamie Evans (guitar &amp; vocals), and Samoeun Cheng (vocals) together are creating a musical movement that gives people an opportunity to start a conversation. The group is quickly winning the respect of music lovers everywhere, so much so that legendary producer Leon Huff (The O'Jays, Dusty Springfield) decided to take these men under his leadership, and mentored them throughout their journey. </p> <p>The trio has since continuously evolved their sound to evoke an energy that can be enjoyed for eternity. JUTAUN's timeless, out-of-every-box music is for everyone, at any given time, in any location.</p> <p>No strangers to the road, JUTAUN has performed in countless venues and festivals across the country, including an appearance at SXSW 2015. </p> <p>With excitement towards the upcoming release, Jamie Evans explains, "This EP will be the first time people get a real look at the new evolution of JUTAUN."</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Blogs Videos Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:35:41 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24802 at Enter to Win a Washburn WD20SCE Acoustic Guitar — Giveaway <!--paging_filter--><p>Wow, check out this beautiful guitar from Washburn that we’re giving away for the month of June 2015. It’s a beaut.</p> <p>From their Heritage 20 Series, the WD20SCE is a high quality dreadnought acoustic/electric guitar aimed at professional performers with features like premium Fishman electronics and a cutaway for better upper fret access. </p> <p>Thanks to its solid spruce top supported by quarter sawn scalloped bracing, and the gorgeous rosewood back and side woods, the WD20SCE sounds great acoustically. </p> <p>It will work well when played solo or in group situations. When it comes time to step onto the stage and plug in, the WD20SCE will reward you with natural acoustic tone from its Fishman Isys+ electronics. The Isys+ provides simple tone shaping with bass and treble tone controls and a feedback reducing phase switch. </p> <p>A built in tuner provides quick and accurate tuning. Other features include die cast tuners and a rosewood fingerboard, bridge and headstock cap. It’s equipped it with the finest D'Addario EXP-16 light set of phospher bronze strings.</p> <p>• Quality Materials: The Rosewood bridge supports a bone saddle. Custom wood inlay rosette on the solid spruce top surrounds the sound hole.<br /> • Superb Playability: Cutaway allows upper fret access for solos and alternative chord voicings.<br /> • Deluxe Features: Chrome diecast tuners and Rosewood capped headstock with inlaid stylized W and Washburn logo.<br /> • Beautiful Woods: Rosewood back and sides, custom W heal cap on the mahogany neck.<br /> • Premium Electronics: Natural sounding Fishman Isys+ Tuner/Preamp is versatile and reliable.</p> <p>The Washburn WD20SCE is valued at $622.90</p> <p>Find out more about the WD20SCE at <a href=""></a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Washburn_WD20SCE%20horizontal.jpg" width="620" height="244" alt="Washburn_WD20SCE horizontal.jpg" /></p> <p>Enter here to win before June 30, 2015. Offer good in the U.S. only. One entry per person.</p> <div id="wufoo-wvhn6q31237q4g"> Fill out my <a href="">online form</a>. </div> <script type="text/javascript">var wvhn6q31237q4g;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'nbmedia', 'formHash':'wvhn6q31237q4g', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1050', 'async':true, 'host':'', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}; s.src = ('https:' == d.location.protocol ? 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It’s a bit steamy, but who cares?</p> <p>It’s Make Music Day in NYC and that means it’s time to jam.</p> <p>Union Square park was packed with guitar players who agree!</p> <p>For this year’s summer solstice the park was crowded with guitar-loving folks of all ages.</p> <p>On hand to share insight and some quick guitar lessons were the wonderful folks from the New York City Guitar School, the event’s co-hosts.</p> <p>Opening the festivities was a down and dirty, bluesy set from The Bones of J.R. Jones. This one-man-band really knows how to lay it all down! With a resonator guitar, a big kick drum, a hi-hat and tamborine and an occasional harmonica, The Bones of J.R. Jones really enthralled the crowd and left them wanting more!</p> <p>Check out a clip of <a href="">The Bones of J.R. Jones</a> here:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Up next was the fabulous play along, with songs led by a variety of great local performers. These included: </p> <p><a href="">Dorit, performing “All of Me”</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>“Blank Space” led by NYC singer-songwiters <a href="">Craig Kierce</a> and <a href="">Melinda May</a> featuring the cool kids of New York City Guitar School.</p> <p>Acoustic Nation’s Laura Whitmore leading “Bubbly.”</p> <p>A special guest performance by several dads of NYC who came to rock on Make Music Day for the song “Cruise.”</p> <p>The Good Good playing “Go Your Own Way.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>“Stay With Me” led by Shane Chapman, NYCGS Director of Online Services and frontman of <a href="">Anacortes.</a> </p> <p>“You Might Think” led by <a href="">Bandits On The Run.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Unfortunately the day ended on a wet note, when the heavens opened up in the middle of The Cars' “You Might Think,” leaving us soaked and scrambling.</p> <p>Our final act, Danielia Cotton, was unable to go on, as the gear on stage was sopping wet and done for the day.</p> <p>Fortunately our hardy guitar troops were not, and we gathered together after the squall passed to play a few more tunes and soak in the awesomeness of the afternoon.</p> <p>Thanks so much to Guitar Center for providing backline and for the day’s sponsors: Martin Guitar, Ernie Ball Strings, Tech 21, Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation and The New York City Guitar School for making the day wonderful.</p> <p>Check out our photo gallery below!</p> Acoustic Nation Make Music Day Blogs Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:57:35 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24798 at SongTown: 4 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Song Recorded <!--paging_filter--><p>Are you writing songs with the hope of having them selected by an artist for that coveted cut? </p> <p>There are a number of ways to increase your chances of getting a song recorded. </p> <p>Here are some of my favorites:</p> <p><strong>1) Write uptempo.</strong> Artists tend to write their own ballads. Writing uptempo songs gets you in the “what they don’t have” category more often.</p> <p><strong>2) Include your hook (title) as the last word of your chorus.</strong> Last year, every single #1 song in country music had the title as the last word in the chorus. Don’t try to beat em. Join ’em. Put your title where people expect it to be.</p> <p><strong>3) Write fresh ideas.</strong> Challenge yourself to come up with unique titles. If an artist is going to listen to 10 songs, he or she will likely listen to the ones that have titles that they find interesting over ones that sound more ordinary. Peak their interest with your title.</p> <p><strong>4) Learn artists inside and out.</strong> If you study the artists that you hope to pitch to, you will get a better sense of who they are and what they want to say. The more you know, the better your chances.</p> <p>Four simple ways to improve your odds. Happy writing!</p> <p>Marty Dodson</p> <p><em>Marty Dodson blogs daily on Facebook at <a href="">www.facebook/songtownusa</a> and on <a href=""></a>. You can check out his music at <a href=""></a>. Marty plays <a href="">Taylor Guitars</a> and <a href="">Batson Guitars</a></em>.</p> Acoustic Nation Songtown Blogs Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:34:35 +0000 Marty Dodson 24791 at Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: The Inimitable, Soulful Guitar Style of Joseph Spence <!--paging_filter--><p>What happens when you mix bluesy, Robert Johnson–style fingerpicking and tropical “Calypso” grooves, with repertoire consisting of spiritual hymns and sea shanties (maritime work songs, akin to your <em>Pirates of the Caribbean</em> soundtrack faves), sung by a gruff-voiced, scat-singing, foot-stomping stonemason? </p> <p>You get the inimitable Joseph Spence (1910–1984), an Andros Islands, Bahamas-born super picker who, once his late Fifties Folkways/Smithsonian recordings were discovered, profoundly influenced the likes of Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, David Lindley, the Grateful Dead and Taj Mahal, among others. </p> <p>Jazz fans have likened Spence to “what Thelonious Monk might sound like, if he played guitar.” (Monk was known for, among other things, angular melodies, dissonant improvisations and unpredictable rhythms.) </p> <p>Sprinkle in the rhythmic grunts, groans and other guttural sounds Spence emits while improvising (think “Popeye mixed with Tom Waits”), and the breadth of his unique musicality becomes clear. </p> <p>But verbal descriptions alone do not do Spence’s guitar style justice; seek out recordings of the tracks mentioned herein (and more) for a harrowing aural treat. And before we get started, note that virtually all of Spence’s works are performed in drop-D Tuning (low to high, D A D G B E).</p> <p>We’ll kick off this lesson with a pair of relatively conventional passages, beginning with a blues turnaround and tag that’s similar to what Spence plays in “Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer” (see <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>), which opens <em>Music of the Bahamas, Vol. 1: Bahaman Folk Guitar</em> (recorded soon after music historian Sam Charters discovered Spence in 1958). </p> <p>Note that pick-hand fingerings shown in this lesson are merely suggestions; there is no video footage of Spence performing, though he purportedly picked with only his thumb and index finger. </p> <p><strong>FIGURE 2</strong>, a bouncy passage in 3/4 meter that’s not unlike Spence’s playing in “There Will Be a Happy Meeting in Glory,” gives you a taste of the guitarist’s snappy, staccato phrasing. Pull on the strings a bit, and let them snap back against the frets, for percussive effect.</p> <p><strong>FIGURE 3</strong>, also inspired by “Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer” (the version issued on Spence’s 1971 release, <em>Good Morning Mr. Walker</em>) shows how he could create a “call-and-response” effect by himself, playing a melody on the upper strings (the “call”), followed by a bass register fill (the “response”). Keep in mind Spence would also sing while playing these types of passages, with the two elements combining to create an otherworldly solo performance. (This song’s gurgling scat solo is a must-hear!)</p> <p>Spence released three other solo albums in his lifetime: 1964’s <em>Happy All the Time</em> (recorded in his living room), 1971’s <em>Good Morning Mr. Walker</em> and 1980’s <em>Living on the Hallelujah Side</em> (a collection of various recordings from 1972 and 1978). </p> <p>But it is the 1978 compilation, <em>The Real Bahamas: Vol. 2</em>, that includes “That Glad Reunion Day” (also featured in the soundtrack to the 2003 film, <em>Open Water</em>), which informs <strong>FIGURE 4</strong>.</p> <p>This extended example showcases much of what Spence was all about: Thumping bass notes supporting blazing single-note lines (bars 1 and 2) and chord partials (bars 3 and 4), bluesy bends (bar 5) and polyrhythmic phrasing (bars 5 and 6), with an eight-note melody that suggests a different meter and tempo played across two bars of 3/4.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20shot%202015-06-17%20at%202.09.14%20PM_0.png" width="620" height="314" alt="Screen shot 2015-06-17 at 2.09.14 PM_0.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20shot%202015-06-17%20at%202.09.38%20PM_0.png" width="620" height="376" alt="Screen shot 2015-06-17 at 2.09.38 PM_0.png" /></p> Acoustic Nation acoustic nation August 2015 Dale Turner Joseph Spence Lessons Blogs Lessons Magazine Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:37:03 +0000 Dale Turner 24746 at Watch Miguel Rivera’s Fingerstyle Cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” — Video Finds <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a masterful take on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” from acoustic guitarist Miguel Rivera that was uploaded today, June 22. </p> <p>We’ll let Rivera explain the background of his percussive/fingerstyle cover:</p> <p><em>“I decided to start working [on] this arrangement because it was a great challenge. When you listen to the chorus of the original song, you can hear the main riff (recorded by Steve Lukather) together with the Michael's vocal melody and, of course, drums, bass and other instruments.”</em> </p> <p><em>”My objective was to play all [of these parts] together: the main riff, the vocal melody and the percussion part. I had to find the proper tuning and make good use of the harmonics, but in the end I got it.”</em></p> <p>It’s an impressive arrangement right down to the Eddie Van Halen-inspired solo.</p> <p>Check out the video below, and follow Rivera on Facebook <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation Michael Jackson Miguel Rivera Blogs Videos Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:13:12 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24788 at Larkin Poe Performs "Jailbreak" Live — Exclusive Acoustic Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's something to start your week off right.</p> <p>It's the incredibly talented duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell performing "Jailbreak" live.</p> <p>With chops that have put them on stage and on tour with the likes of Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst and more, Larkin Poe share their substantial original talents on their latest album <em>KIN</em>.</p> <p>We spent an hour or two filming some of their favorites. Here they combine acoustic guitar and lap steel along with killer vocal harmonies for a satisfying romp.</p> <p>If you like this one, also check out our recording of "Hey Sinner" <a href="">here>></a></p> <p>Check them out below and then go to <a href=""></a> for more!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>This video was shot by Samm Bahman for Acoustic Nation.</em></p> Acoustic Nation Larkin Poe Blogs Videos Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:19:41 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24783 at Gear Review: JJB Electronics Prestige 330 Acoustic Guitar Pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Dentistry, aviation and lion taming are just a few skills I wouldn't attempt after checking out an online tutorial.</p> <p>Installing an under-the-bridge acoustic pickup? That seemed within reach.</p> <p>JJB Electronics sells acoustic-guitar pickups kits from basic to complex. The Prestige 330 made a good fit for my first attempt. It is a passive three-piezo transducer set wired straight to an output jack. This means no soldering or hacking out battery or preamp cavities.</p> <p>The only modifications needed included widening the strap button hole to mount the output jack and gluing the piezo discs under the bridge of the acoustic.</p> <p>I recommend removing the strings, since you’ll have to work with Super Glue, and fishing the output jack though the body is a bit of an art form. </p> <p>Widening the strap button hole meant taking the hole from ¼ inch to ½ inch. I taped off the outside area to prevent scratching. I gradually widened the hole with two different drill bits for a safer excavation. Once the hole was big enough for the output jack, it bolted right on.</p> <p>Next it was time to glue the three piezo discs under the bridge in front of the saddles. Each disc goes between two of the six strings. Because you only get one shot working with Super Glue, I suggest measuring your bridge or taking a few pictures inside the guitar body.</p> <p>To prep the discs, I wiped them (and the inside of the acoustic) with a damp cloth to remove potential dust. After that, one at a time I put a small drop of Super Glue on each disc and held it into place for about a minute to set.</p> <p>Post-restringing and soaking my fingers to loosen up accidentally dried on Super Glue, I recorded some clips, which you can check out below. The guitar is my ever-so-fearless Yamaha FS700S. Clip 1 is basically a few chords; clip 2 is fingerpicked. </p> <p>To pump up the passive pickup, I used my GMF Ai1 acoustic preamp to give it a bit more gain. Cranked up, I’m impressed with the string-to-string volume balance and low noise floor. </p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href=""></a><br /> <strong>Price:</strong> Prestige 330, $49.99</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at</em></p> Acoustic Nation Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown JJB Electronics News Accessories Gear Acoustic Guitars Blogs Blogs Gear Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:10:46 +0000 Billy Voight 24778 at Breedlove Stringed Instruments Expands Premier Series with Premier Concert LTD Model <!--paging_filter--><p>Breedlove Stringed Instruments is pleased to announce the addition of the Premier Concert LTD to its USA-handcrafted Premier Series of acoustic instruments. </p> <p>Reliable, versatile and accessible, these road-ready guitars have earned a reputation among performing musicians as go-to instruments. </p> <p>Joining this heralded lineup is the Premier Concert LTD, which combines the comfort and playability of our Concert body shape with a Western red cedar top, known for its diverse harmonic abilities and articulation.</p> <p>The Premier Concert LTD is truly a player’s instrument with a wider nut width and slim neck profile that’s a favorite among fingerstylists. </p> <p>Exemplifying the best qualities of Breedlove’s Distinctively Crafted Sound, solid Western red cedar was chosen for the top and solid East Indian rosewood for the back and sides—a tonewood combination that rewards a player’s touch with sweet, extended harmonic content and a robust bottom end. Professionals and enthusiasts alike will appreciate the delicate interaction it provides with your individual style of expression.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/breedlove33620620.png" width="325" height="389" alt="breedlove33620620.png" /><br /> <em>Premier Concert Rosewood</em></p> <p>The Premier Series already offers two of the most revered solid tonewoods available as body woods—East Indian rosewood and Honduran mahogany—combined with a solid Sitka spruce top for a perennially classic tone. Available in Concert, Auditorium, Dreadnought, Parlor, Jumbo and a 12-string model—all boasting LR Baggs EAS VTC electronics—performing musicians have embraced the Premier Series as road-ready workhorses designed to perform flawlessly night after night and stand up to the rigors of the road. The Premier Concert Cedar LTD adds yet another tonal option for discerning players.</p> <p>The Breedlove Premier Series is available now, including the Premier Concert LTD. All Premier Series models include a deluxe hardshell case and are handcrafted in Bend, Oregon.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Breedlove News Gear Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:14:59 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24758 at Enter a Hall of 40 Acoustic Guitars Played by Tiny Motors — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Sometimes—although it is rare—the worlds of guitars and art meet up.</p> <p>Something along these lines is taking place at the <a href="">Center for Contemporary Art</a> in Aalst, Belgium.</p> <p><a href="">Ruben D’Hers</a>, a guitarist and sound artist from Caracas, sees “chords as autonomous sound spaces” and uses acoustic guitars and motors to create a juxtaposition of "organic" and "machine." </p> <p>In this work, which is titled "chords tunnel #1," D’Hers hangs 40 acoustic guitars and 40 tiny suspended motors on the walls of the Center for Contemporary Art. </p> <p>With a small propeller or vibrating cable, each motor strums a different chord, creating some very nice and unique dissonance. Check out the video below.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation News Ruben D’Hers WTF Videos Blogs Videos News Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:23:27 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24774 at