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Hole Notes: The Acoustic Artistry of The Beatles' George Harrison

Of the four Beatles, George Harrison brought to the group an assortment of electric and acoustic guitar approaches, flavors influenced by everyone from Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins to the Byrds and Bob Dylan.

Hole Notes: The Unsung Acoustic Artistry of Nick Drake

The late British singer-songwriter/multi-intrumentalist Nick Drake was largely unknown until a 1999 car commercial featuring an acoustic-guitar-and-vocal song called "Pink Moon" hit the airwaves. As a result, almost 30 years after his death at age 26, Drake enjoyed a resurgence.

Hole Notes: The Bossa Nova Rhythms of Antonio Carlos Jobim

In the late Fifties, Brazilian guitarist/pianist/vocalist Antonio Carlos Jobim took his fascination with jazz harmony and the guitar compositions of Heitor Villa-Lobos, combined it with influences as varied as composers like Debussy, Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff, and helped give birth to a whole new style: bossa nova. (Translated from Portuguese, bossa nova means the “new way of doing” something.) This fresh-sounding, über-groovy, guitar-centric music (typically played on a nylon-string acoustic, accompanying a vocalist) required fluid fingerstyle chops, flawless time feel, a command of seventh and extended/altered chords—what’s known as “upper-structure harmony”—and the ability to improvise.

Hole Notes: The Chordal Stylings of the Late Jeff Buckley

"Jeff Buckley release only one full-length studio album in his lifetime, 1994's Grace," writes Dale Turner, "but in the 15 years since his passing on May 29, 1997, his influence endures, often cited as an inspiration by artist like Radiohead, Chris Cornell, Muse, Coldplay and a host of newer acts."

Hole Notes: The Acoustic Guitar Technique of Steve Morse

This month in "Hole Notes," Musicians Institute instructor Dale Turner tries to crack Steve Morse's elusive acoustic code.

Hole Notes: The Chord and Rhythm Patterns of Django Reinhardt

In this month's "Hole Notes," Musician's Institute instructor Dale Turned takes a look at artistry of guitar great and inventor of "gypsy jazz," Django Reinhardt. Because his famed quintet, Hot Club of France, didn't have a percussionist, the rhythmic patterns and chord choices in Django's unique brand of jazz were of paramount importance.

Hole Notes: A Look at the Acoustic Techniques of Steve Howe

This month's installment of "Hole Notes" features Musicians Institute instructor Dale Turner taking a close-up look at the many facets of Yes guitarist Steve Howe's acoustic guitar artistry.

Hole Notes: John Lennon's Acoustic Technique

This month's edition of "Hole Notes" feature Musicians Institute instructor Dale Turner taking a lot at the acoustic artistry of the great John Lennon.

Hole Notes: Tommy Emmanuel's Acoustic Techniques

In this month's edition of "Hole Notes," Musicians Institute instructor Dale Turner examines Tommy Emmanuel's acoustic techniques.

Dale Turner: Hole Notes (November 2011)

In this month's edition of Hole Notes, Dale Turner tackles the fingerstyle techniques and ferocious strums of former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.