Marcin Patrzalek: “My goal is to show the world that percussive acoustic guitar should be the next big thing”

Marcin Patrzalek
(Image credit: Klaudia Kurek)

It certainly feels like the world of percussive fingerstyle acoustic has never been more vibrant than it is right now – with last year’s return of British virtuoso Jon Gomm and Mike Dawes’ viral tribute to Eddie Van Halen with his solo arrangement of Jump, fretted and drummed on his striped-up Andreas Cuntz signature.

As for rising stars, 20 year-old Polish guitarist Marcin Patrzalek could very well be one of the most exciting names to have emerged in recent years, having won competitions in his native country before appearing on 2019’s America’s Got Talent, eventually getting through to the semi-finals. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).