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Justin Horenstein

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Sunday Strum: Episode 5 Power Chords with Accents

This week on Sunday Strum, I demonstrate two different ways to accent a basic eighth note pattern with power chords. This is a continuation of sorts from episode 4. This time, I’m using the same rhythm, but adding emphasis on certain beats.

Sunday Strum: Episode 4 Strum Power Chords Four Ways

In Episode 4 of Sunday Strum, I focus on strumming power chords four different ways. Utilizing these four variations while keeping the rhythm the same will yield different vibes each time. While the changes are simple, they may get you out of a creative rut or even help you to learn a song more accurately. The rhythm I chose to demonstrate this is just a measure of eighth notes in 4/4 time.

Sunday Strum: Episode 3 Learn an Easy Acoustic Guitar Strum Pattern with Raking

Got a little time this Sunday? Learn this pattern that shows you how to do some easy raking. A rake is just striking the strings with the right hand normally, but muting them with the left hand to get a percussive sound. By replacing just one hit with a rake, I’m able to carve out a new vibe to an existing progression or song.

Sunday Strum: Episode 2 Learn an Easy Country/Western/Rockabilly Strum Pattern

Each week we’re bringing you a new, easy acoustic guitar strum pattern to learn. It’s a perfect activity for a lazy Sunday, or for any time you have a minute to try something new. In this week’s episode, I focus on creating a country/western or rockabilly vibe.

Sunday Strum: Episode 1 Learn an Easy Strum Pattern in 3/4 Time

Introducing a new Acoustic Nation series, Sunday Strum. We’ll be posting a new easy strum pattern every week with an instructional video.Take a stab at it and increase your strum repertoire. Enjoy!

Gear Review: Learn to Play Guitar with Jamstar

Jamstar is a guitar-learning app for iOS, android and desktop computer. Those looking for an interactive approach to learning guitar should check it out. It mainly targets beginner and intermediate players, but does contain more advanced lessons as well.

Acoustic Nation Report: NAMM Show 2014 Day 3

I must admit, I might be dragging from some late night fun, but I tried to cover a lot of ground and check out a larger variety of acoustic gear be it guitars, ukes, accessories or other odds and ends.

Acoustic Nation Report: NAMM Show Day 2

More highlights...live from the NAMM Show Floor!

Acoustic Nation Report: NAMM Show 2014 Day 1

This is but a small sample of all the incredible acoustic products on display at the Anaheim Convention Center this year. Stay tuned for more highlights! Don't forget to follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay in the loop all weekend!

Favorites of 2013: Frank Turner’s ‘Tape Deck Heart’

My pick for my favorite acoustic album of 2013 is Tape Deck Heart, by Frank Turner. This is a folk and pop record, but given Frank’s hardcore and punk roots, there’s more to it.