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  • Maneli Jamal Plays the Blues at the Canadian Guitar Festival

    Maneli Jamal Plays the Blues at the Canadian Guitar Festival

    If you follow the world of acoustic guitar, you would have to have heard of guitarist Maneli Jamal. And if you’ve been a fan of Acoustic Guitar Videos, you will notice that we’ve featured Maneli quite a lot here. In this new live performance which took place last week at the Canadian Guitar Festival, Maneli once again shows why he’s one of the best guitarists out there. Maneli who has been getting into the Blues lately, takes it to another […]

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  • Rory Block Plays The Blues

    Rory Block Plays The Blues

    Here is American guitarist Rory Block playing live “Cross Road Blues” by Robert Johnson, which was released in her album “The Lady and Mr. Johnson” (2006). Some information about Rory taken from wikipedia: “Aurora Block was born in Princeton and grew up in Manhattan. Her father, Allan Block, ran a sandal shop in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and the influence of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, such as Peter Rowan, Maria Muldaur, and John Sebastian, tempted Block to […]

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  • Advanced Blues Lesson

    Advanced Blues Lesson

    Free Video Guitar Lesson Blues – Advanced Improvisation Concepts by Hanspeter Kruesi of GuitarTricks.com Instructor: Hanspeter Kruesi Speciality: Blues, Jazz and Touch Technique Website: GuitarTricks.com This is a lesson about advanced improvisation concepts on blues. It shows how you can play 3 different scales on any 12 bar or other blues. The blues pattern I use here has the following chord progression: D / D / D / D G / G / D / D A / G / […]

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  • Elizabeth Cotten: A left handed guitarist

    Elizabeth Cotten: A left handed guitarist

    By Miche Archetto: Elizabeth Cotten was left handed, and started playing guitar upside-down, resulting in a very original style. In this video she plays ”Spanish Flang Dang” and “A Jig”. The video was recorded on the “Guitar, Guitar” TV show in 1969. Here is her bio from wikipedia  “Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (January 5, 1893 – June 29, 1987) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter. A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style. Her approach involved using a […]

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  • Etta Baker: 90 years of Playing

    Etta Baker: 90 years of Playing

    By Miche Archetto: Here is Etta Baker playing “Carolina Breakdown” and then showing how to play it. She has played guitar for 90 years, since she was 3 years old. Here is her bio found on wikipedia “Etta Baker (March 31, 1913 – September 23, 2006) was an American Piedmont blues guitarist and singer from North Carolina, United States. She was born Etta Lucille Reid in Caldwell County, North Carolina, of African American, Native American, and European American heritage. She […]

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  • Richie Kotzen: No Fear To Change

    Richie Kotzen: No Fear To Change

    By Miche Archetto: Here is rock singer and guitarist Richie Kotzen playing his song called “Fear” with an acoustic guitar. Richie is well known for his electric guitar shredding technique, but on youtube you can find many videos where he prefers to go acoustic. Actually it is interesting that, according to this interview, in 2008 he decided to abandon picks completely and to abruptly switch to fingerpicking. At the end of the interview he says that “losing the pick made […]

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  • Stevie Ray Vaughan Plays Acoustic Blues

    Stevie Ray Vaughan Plays Acoustic Blues

    Stevie Ray Vaughan fans! Here’s an obscure video of him playing acoustic guitar… I say this is obscure because it only has 6000+ views Certainly not indicative of Stevie Ray Vaughan type of numbers that go into the millions.. So enjoy this one and… if you have some friends that you think would like this video, do share it with them. You’ll be loved…

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  • Kansas Joe McCoy – Pile Driver Blues

    By Jim Weaver: “I know there’s no video here. I wish there was — I have never seen anyone do these riffs — not even Ernie Hawkins, who plays several of Kansas Joe’s Harlem Hamfats tunes.” That’s okay Jim, (and thanks by the way for this), fortunately it was recorded! I’m sure there’s a lot of these blues players from way back who never got the chance to record and definitely deserved to. By the way, the YouTube description also […]

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  • John Lee Hooker & Furry Lewis – Real Deals of The Blues

    Here’s two of the real deals of the blues- John Lee Hooker & Furry Lewis – The video is cool because it gives some background on these two legends. Johnny Lee Hooker is pretty much a legendary figure in the history books for blues. But I wasn’t that familiar with Furry Lewis and in his section of the video, we really get to here him do pretty much a whole set of music. I don’t mean to give Johnny the […]

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  • John Butler Trio:Live at Crossroads

    John Butler Trio live at Crossroads at Harmonie Bonn. If you like slide guitar, in this concert John Butler puts on a clinic. Outstanding guitar. The band is super tight, great bass, great drums, great vocals   Setlist: 0:00 Treat Yo Mama 5:29 Somethings Gotta Give 8:17 Pickapart 13:20 What You Want 20:04 Ocean 26:06 Peaches & Cream 32:28 Betterman 44:21 Hello 49:56 Home Is Where The Heart Is 54:00 Zebra

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  • Eric Clapton – “Unplugged” For Real?

    Eric Clapton - MTV Unplugged FULL concert – HQ Look at this! A whole concert of Eric Clapton unplugged on the acoustic guitar? From what I can tell, it does indeed look unplugged meaning, no pickups. I could be wrong but to my ears it does indeed sound acoustic (hey, if I’m wrong please correct me on this!!!) . And even with the band being so large, they’re not playing LOUD which would definitely destroy the delicate balance of the acoustic […]

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  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Blues Legend

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Blues  Legend This has no video but just listen to Sister Rosetta play and sing!!! WOW!!!!! I’ve included another video below of this monster talent playing electric guitar… (sorry, couldn’t find acoustic). Here’s Sister’s bio: “Born in Arkansas in 1915, singer Rosetta Tharpe began performing as a child with her mother. One of the first gospel artists to perform in both churches and secular clubs, she is credited with bringing gospel music into the mainstream in the […]

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  • MEMPHIS MINNIE (1930) Memphis Blues Guitar Legend

    MEMPHIS MINNIE (1930) Memphis Blues Guitar Legend Here’s a song called ” New Bumble Bee ” that was recorded in 1930 by Memphis Blues Guitar Legend MEMPHIS MINNIE. Of course, no video on something this early but I thought worth listening to. Here’s a Biography of Memphis Minnie: “Born Lizzie Douglas on June 3, 1897, in Algiers, LA ( died August 6, 1973); married: Will Weldon (a.k.a. Casey Bill), circa 1920s; Joe McCoy, 1929-1934; Earnest Lawlars (a.k.a. Little Son Joe), […]

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  • Paul Reynolds: Journeyman Blues

    Paul Reynolds: Journeyman Blues Here’s an example of someone that can really play and only has 47 YouTube views with his video. Let’s see if we can give that a boost! Paul Reynolds is a seriously good guitar player, and it’s obvious that years of experience has given him all of the nice legit chord voicings that accompany his playing. I love the tone he is getting out of his guitar big time… great fundamental sound …and you know it’s coming mostly […]

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  • Werner Lämmerhirt – Let Me Not Be

    Here’s fingerpicking guitarist Werner Lämmerhirt with what I’m hoping is the title to his song…”Laß mich nicht stehen” (Let Me Not Be) that was filmed at a concert in Gross-Zimmern in March 2009. Well this is pretty awesome playing by Werner who as you may have guessed is from Germany. He’s smooth, solid and clean with great rhythmical sense and timing. Now what’s interesting is, he is performing what I would call a typically American blues style song, but here, Werner […]

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  • Dan Grigor: Double Down On The Talent

    Dan Grigor is quite a talented guy, not only with the 12 string  guitar, his voice and the blues, but videography. At first when I saw this video I though “Where’s the third guy in The Green Screen Trio?” and then I noticed that his twin brother next to him (the guy on the right, or… hum the left, looked a little too much and played like Dan Grigor? Well, the Green Screen Trio is an appropriate title for the […]

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  • Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall: Never before released

    Remember the Siegel Schwall band? For those of you that don’t know, here’s a write up about them: “Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall met each other when both were music students atRoosevelt University. Siegel, originally a saxophonist, was interested in blues, while Schwall’s background was mostly in country music. They combined these two genres, producing a lighter sounding blues as compared to Butterfield Blues Band or John Mayall. The Siegel–Schwall Band included Shelly Plotkin on drums and Rollo Radford on bass. Radford had previously played with Martha […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel- Playin’ the Blues

    If you go on YouTube and check out Tommy Emmanuel, you will see that there’s probably hundreds of videos on him, all with a lot of views. You may ask why and the answer is simple- He is perhaps the best all around guitarist on the planet today. Now I know that statement is arguable, and I know many of you reading here are gonna say that there’s other people that you prefer. But I did say “all around” and […]

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  • Vince Gill and Eric Clapton: Having Fun on Stage

    Here’s Vince Gill and Eric Clapton teaming up on ”Nobody knows you when you’re down and out,” filmed from a concert on Feb 10, 2010 Eric is well known as a great blues guitarist, but you get to see Vince show his bluesy guitar in this video. Notice both are playing almost identical vintage triple O Martins.. (both worth a mint!!!) Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to sign up for our Acoustic Guitar Videos Newsletter (just to the right).  I send out every […]

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  • RL Burnside: Teaching the Mississippi Blues

    Here’s the late RL Burnside teaching the ”Long Haired Doney,” a Mississippi Blues song to who I and a few other people believe is Dave Stewart from the Eurythmnics. Dave is a good player and is picking up on this stuff pretty quick. Do me a favor? Pick up your guitar and if you play by ear or can eventually figure it out, play along with this video. Nice little lesson on the blues from one of it’s great masters – RL […]

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  • Eric Clapton: Scream Along With The Blues

    Lots of people consider Eric Clapton as one of the finest guitarist on the planet (especially this audience). Well here he is live in San Antonio Texas, doing an acoustic blues jam. Eric does the blues just about as good as anyone but,,, Is it me, or is this audience going just a bit too crazy with the screaming? Maybe they’ve never hear a song in the key of E before or, sold mushrooms at the concession stand. Kind of […]

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  • Keith Richards & James Cotton: Little Red Rooster Blues

    We’ve been casually on the topic this week of the blues at acoustic Guirar Videos… So here’s a video I thought you blues lovers would enjoy featuring Keith Richards and James Cotton with a Willie Dixon song called ”Little Red Rooster” This was filmed during a rehearsal for the Hubert Sumlin Benefit concert. If you want more “Blues” please let me know. So far the response has been pretty good!

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  • Rolling Stones – Blues All Acoustic

    It’s no secret that the Rolling Stones were (and still are) heavily influenced by the blues. Here’s a great video that featured the Stones doing it to it in an all acoustic setting. From Bluegrass to Rock & Roll and a lot in between, the blues has influenced entire music styles. British invasion bands such as the Beatles and even more so- the Rolling Stones, added those flatted notes and dominant 7th’s into many of their compositions. Watching this video, it’s […]

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  • Corey Harris- Catfish Blues

    The chords to a blues song are really no big deal. 1/4/5 usually with a possible 6- thrown in. But hey, that’s not the point. Playing the blues is a feeling and not just the notes. Take Corey Harris- he’s all feel… and the real deal. If you want to see more Blues guitar videos, please let me know and comment below.  

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  • Eric Clapton: Key to the Highway- Acoustic but Not Unplugged

    Who’s the rocket scientist that came up with the “Unplugged” tag for any rocker that plays an acoustic guitar? Think about it… acoustic yes, but unplugged…? You can see the hose commin’ out of Eric’s guitar… There is a mic though on the guitar, but was that necessary….maybe just a prop for the “unplugged theme” cause the sound is mostly the pickup. Now to Eric…. (sorry folks). There’s a lot of guys that play great blues and sure, Clapton is […]

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  • Tom Lumen – Let Me Grab My (Blues) Guitar

    We have published nearly 90 + videos here at Acoustic Guitar Videos since July, and can you believe this is the first Blues video? (promise we will focus on the Blues here soon) Here’s an excellent Hungarian guitarist  by the name of Tom Lumen, performing live, a song called “Let Me Grab My Guitar.” He  combines the classic and his own original blues style guitar styles along with a new twist for blues guitarist- rhythmic hand percussions (a form of tapping without the notes). Seems […]

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