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  • Country Thumbpicking

    Country Thumbpicking

    Concert: Muhlenburg County Thumbpickers   “Chet Atkins was inspired by the complex fingerstyle guitar playing of Merle Travis called “thumbpicking.” This guitar style has been developed, passed down, preserved, and expanded by generations of players around Travis’s birthplace in Kentucky. Award-winning Muhlenburg County-area guitarists Joe Hudson, Paul Mosely, Eddie Pennington, and Freddie Russell will perform. Presented in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, made possible by the Gretsch Company.” I think a lot of you fans of […]

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  • Glenn Campbell burns up Gentle On My Mind

    Glenn Campbell burns up Gentle On My Mind

    Sometimes it’s easy to overlook some of the great players of the recent past. .. one of them being Glenn Campbell who got his start as a studio guitarist and made his way to the pop country spotlight singing songs like John Hartford’s  “Gentle On My Mind.” There’s no info on this clip, but it’s looking like a CMT (Country Music Television) out of Nashville TN. One thing that is of note that I think you will agree… The technology […]

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  • Adrian Legg: Voted Best Acoustic Fingerstyle

    Adrian Legg: Voted Best Acoustic Fingerstyle

    Readers of Guitar Player voted Adrian Legg the “best acoustic fingerstyle player” four years in a row (1993–1996). Do you wonder why? Check this video, where he plays “Cajun Interlude”, using tuners on all strings, bendings, harmonics… The result is a sound completely different. The video is an excerpt from the DVD “Fingerstyle Guitar: New Dimensions & Explorations, Vol. One“. Readers of Guitar Player voted Adrian Legg the “best acoustic fingerstyle player” four years in a row (1993–1996). Do you […]

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  • Scotty Anderson: Must Be From Dixie

    Scotty Anderson: Must Be From Dixie

    Scotty Anderson is here playing acoustic guitar at what looks like the NAMM show back in the 80′s (according to other videos that looked similar). After hearing this I went to his website to check out some bio info and found out that he indeed is from Dixie… Whitley City Kentucky to be exact (Kentucky is still considered part of the south or Dixie, even though it didn’t secede from the union). If you want to read some of Scotty’s […]

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  • Trigger: “Old and beat-up”

    Trigger: “Old and beat-up”

    By Miche Archetto: This post is first about a guitar, and then about his legendary player. Yes, I’m talking about Willie Nelson’s “Trigger”. The video is about one of the few instrumentals played by Willie: “Nuages”, by Django Reinhardt. Willie Neslon shared recently on his facebook page a beautiful article about his fascinating guitar, and commented “Trigger is like me. Old and beat up.” Following are some excerpts from that article: “The guitar—a Martin N-20 classical, serial number 242830—was a […]

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  • Tommy Jones: Hee Haw Appearance

    Tommy Jones: Hee Haw Appearance

    Do you remember the Hee Haw TV Show? It was always something I looked forward to as a kid. Right from the opening theme song with Bobby Thompson playing his chromatic/melodic banjo, to all the great guests they had sit in- the show was just great if you were into country music and pickin’. Here’s a young Tommy Jones playing the “Black Mountain Rag” which is a song that was made popular by Doc Watson- only Tommy here is playing […]

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  • Mother Maybelle Carter And Daughters- Wildwood Flower

    Mother Maybelle Carter And Daughters- Wildwood Flower

    Here’s the Wildwood Flower- a song that’s still a popular piece amongst flatpicking guitarists. But you will notice that Mother Maybelle Carter is not flatpicking at all. In fact, she is using what I call a backwards clawhammer guitar technique  where her right hand is opposite- as she plays the melody with her thumb, and picks up strokes with her index finger. Maybelle was an innovator on guitar and is credited for developing this style in Country music. What’s also […]

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  • A Young Richard Smith and Chet Atkins

    A Young Richard Smith and Chet Atkins

    You gotta wonder sometimes how some of these great guitarists were at a young age and just getting started. Well in Richard Smith’s case, we are fortunate enough to have a video of him. Here’s Richard with legendary guitarist Chet Atkins (obviously Richard’s hero) when Richard was just 11 years old. Now of course, Richard didn’t rest upon his natural talents… no no. Cause he’s certainly a lot better now as it is to be expected. But you can definitely hear […]

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  • Arthur Smith – Acoustic Guitar Boogie

    Arthur Smith – Acoustic Guitar Boogie

    We’ve had our share of Tommy Emmanuel vids here at Acoustic Guitar Videos.. And one of the great Tommy vids features his incredibly hot version of Arthur Smith’s “Guitar Boogie.” Well here’s the original (or at least the original artist) performing the song on the acoustic.. Arthur is of course older here and has lost some of his chops… But still great guitar pickin’ nonetheless. Below is another vid of Arthur when he was much younger… enjoy!  

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  • Tommy Emmanuel: Beyond the “Boogie”

    Tommy Emmanuel: Beyond the “Boogie”

    A three chord guitar boogie is usually boring after 2 rounds… But not when Tommy Emmanuel is playing… Simply, he perhaps is the most exciting acoustic guitarist to not only listen to, but watch! Check out all the little antics he’s pulling while he’s tearing it up.. His personality and showmanship make his concerts beyond fun… even  for people who don’t necessarily know anything about the acoustic guitar.  

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  • Martin Tallstrom: “Blues Man” of Constant Sorrow

    Martin Tallstrom: “Blues Man” of Constant Sorrow

      Man of Constant Sorrow – fingerstyle guitar This guy… Martin Tallstrom… He’s a killer… Listen to this version of Man of Constant Sorrow and all of the great stuff he’s put in. Not only great playing but, check out how he’s converted this 3 chord bluegrass oldtime song into the blues! No wonder Martin Tallstrom is getting so many views on YouTube. This is what many fingerstyle guitarists aspire to play like. We’ve got some other all star vids from […]

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  • Glen Campbell and Jerry Reed: Dangerous Duo

    Rocky Top and Banjo Signal What happens when Glen Campbell and Jerry Reed get together? Well, sparks are gonna fly off them guitars. Then add some Larry McNeeley on the banjo, and your in for  a real treat. This video was from Glen Campbell’s “Goodtime Hour,” a show that I used to watch and marvel at when I was a kid. Now part of the reason I think a guy like Glen Campbell didn’t get as much credit on the […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel, Buster B. Jones, Duck Baker: Just Jammin’

    Tommy Emmanuel Duck Baker and Buster B. Jones 2000 Nine Pound Hammer Grab a beer, kick back, and let’s pick a few tunes. Here’s Tommy Emmanuel with the late Buster B. Jones and Duck Baker back in 2000 jammin’ back stage at CAAS (Chet Atkins Appreciation Society). This for me is what music is all about- having some fun and getting a chance to informally play with other musicians.  Some of the most memorable times of my life come from jam […]

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  • Dario Cortese Plays Jerry’s Breakdown: And Then Shows You How

    Dario Cortese Plays Jerry’s Breakdown: You know, I see a lot of these instructional videos teaching someone else’s songs such as Jerry’s Breakdown which was written by Jerry Reed. Now, I’d normally much prefer to hear Jerry Reed play this song than some unknown guitarist. But You Know What? Dario Cortese really can pick the you know what out of this song! Here’s what he writes:  Learn Jerry’s Breakdown, by Dario Cortese: “Howdy. In this country guitar video lesson I’m […]

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  • Willie Nelson: The Willie You Don’t Know

    Here’s Willie Nelson on The Porter Wagoner Show, which dates way back before Willie had the long hair and the image he now has. Song’s he’s doing here are “She’s not for you,” Darkness On The Face Of The Earth,” and “Hello Walls.” Willie really got started and and initially gained recognition for his writing skills with the above songs + standards like “Crazy,” which was a giant hit for Patsy Cline. So at the time of this filming, Willie […]

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  • Buster B. Jones: “LE MACHINE GUN”

    Buster B. Jones: “LE MACHINE GUN”

    Buster B. Jones: Le Machine Gun You need to watch this whole video because it’s probably one of the most impressive displays of fingerpicking that you will ever see. Is he as good as his mentors Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed? Well, you be the judge. Buster has incorporated all of their styles into his-  the result is a hybrid style that additionally features much faster melodic runs and riffs than his mentors. He says that the speed thing happened […]

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  • Chet Atkins / Thom Bresh – Cannonball Rag

    For all you country guitar fans out there, here’s a treat for sure. Chet Atkins and Thom Bresh together on the Cannonball Rag. For those of you that don’t know, Thom Bresh is Merle Travis’s son and in my opinion (and a lot of others) plays just like his dad. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.  

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  • Chet Atkins Plays The Beatles and Acoustic Guitar

    No doubt about Chet Atkins being one of the all time greats on the guitar, but here’s a video of him playing the Beatles on a straight ahead acoustic guitar. Although the acoustic is no stranger to Chet, it’s hard to find him playing  one, as he’s usually on an electric or a hybrid acoustic/electric. I met Chet Atkins at Gruhn’s Guitars in Nashville back in the 90′s. He was there (with a crowd of people around him) trying out some acoustic […]

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  • Jerry Reed: Actor Plays Guitar

    Jerry Reed (Hubbard) is probably best known for his acting in movies like “Smokey And The Bandit,” “Concrete Cowboys” and nearly a dozen other fims. The next place you’d know him is for his singing. with country hit songs such as “East Bound and Down,” ”A Thing Called Love,” ”Guitar Man,”  “Alabama Wild Man,” and “Amos Moses.” Unfortunately his guitar playin’ has come in third. Jerry was one of those all around talents that just had it goin’ on everywhere, and this video […]

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  • Johnny Cash – No Drums, But Plenty Of Rhythm

    Here’s Johnny Cash with “Get Rhythm” This was a excerpt from Tex Ritters Ranch Party TV Show, approximately 1955-1958. Do you notice anything about this band? Yea, I guess my title gave it away but…no drums….. Back at this time period the drums were not so common in Country Music. Without drums, the entire soundscape changes as the responsibility of the rhythm falls on Johnny and his acoustic guitar. There’s some that prefer it this way (myself included), as the most […]

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  • Doyle Dykes- Best Guitarist Ever?

    What a thing to say, best guitarist ever… That was the title of this video on YouTube.. Why would someone dare title a video with such a claim? Well, the truth is- the title or headline as it’s often called is the “hook” that reels the viewer in. A catchy hook or something that seems outrageous is most certainly going to bring the masses of people to view. In this case, the title brought over 3.5 million viewers, whereas Doyle’s other videos which were […]

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  • Willie Nelson with Emmylou Harris- Pancho & Lefty

    If you are a fan of Willie Nelson and a fan of Emmylou Harris, then you ought to love them together singing and playin’ Pancho & Lefty. Willie’s style is so distinctive, you could pick him right out of a crowd (voice and guitar) The same goes for Emmylou, but only with her voice (she has never really been known for her guitar playing). I asked the crowd here and over at facebook.com/acousticguitarvideos a while back if you thought John Lennon […]

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