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  • Mark Goffeney- Drift Away- Footstyle Guitar

    Mark Goffeney- Drift Away- Footstyle Guitar

    Mark Goffeney- Alright, I thought I saw this video a long time ago and posted it on Acoustic Guitar Videos but… guess not. If you close your eyes you say to yourself, well, no virtuoso on the guitar, but solid playing and nice singing. And then you look up and see this and say., When there’s music in someone’s soul, nothing is going to stop them … and in this case., nothing. “Mark Goffeney is a native San Diegan whose […]

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  • Andrés Godoy: Fingerstyle (and Chords) With One Hand

    Andrés Godoy: Fingerstyle (and Chords) With One Hand

    Lapislázuli Andrés Godoy To see more Andrés Godoy videos, click here.  (Absolutely incredible!) I am never ceased to be amazed by guitarist Andrés Godoy . Obviously nothing was about to stop his immense musical talent including the obvious (if you indeed are watching this video..) For this video, Andrés performs a song entitled Lapislázuli which can be found on his latest CD entitled “Dedos Felices”, (Happy Fingers).  I wanted to include a link below for immediate download but had trouble locating where […]

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  • Vincent Gauchot: Echoes, Bells, and Harmonics

    Vincent Gauchot: Echoes, Bells, and Harmonics

    Here is Canadian guitarist Vincent Gauchot playing his original composition “Echoes”. The description of the video says that this is somehow a tribute to the homonymous song by Pink Floyd. I couldn’t find any biographical information about Vincent. He has released three albums on his bandcamp page.   By Miche Archetto  

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  • Jason Kertson: Two Guitars, Better Than One

    Jason Kertson: Two Guitars, Better Than One

    About a month ago I saw this Jason Kertson video floating around facebook titled “Boy Plays Two Guitars At Once.” I have to admit, although I’m not one for gimmicks so much, this is something I thought worth posting. Now, could Jason Kertson have accomplished “Drifting”  on one guitar? Well, Andy McKee did so that answers that question. But as far as gaining more YouTube views (this one has 45,000 +)this is something that I know has already been shared […]

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  • Jason Carter: Harp guitar with a bow

    Jason Carter: Harp guitar with a bow

    Here is a very impressing exploitation of an harp guitar by Jason Carter, using also a bow. It is a rendition of the famous composition “Finlandia”, by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). You can read a short bio and the full CV of Jason on his official website. By Miche Archetto

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  • Badi Assad”  A New Definition of Bar(re)

    Badi Assad” A New Definition of Bar(re)

    “Badi Assad (born 23 December 1966) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, percussionist and guitarist in the jazz and worldbeat genres. Assad was born in São João da Boa Vista in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, but lived in Rio de Janeiro until he was twelve. Assad studied classical guitar at the University of Rio de Janeiro and won the Young Instrumentalists Contest in Rio de Janeiro in 1984. In 1986, she joined the Guitar Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, […]

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  • Billy McLaughlin: Dystonia forces Guitarist to Play Left Handed

    Billy McLaughlin: Dystonia forces Guitarist to Play Left Handed

    American guitarist Billy McLaughlin plays here his composition “Fingerdance” together with a string quartet. Quite an enjoyable combination of sounds. Now, after watching this video, you will hardly believe that Billy used to be a right-handed guitarist before switching to left-handed in 2004. Here is his incredible story of as found in his official website “The Past – A serious professional in his teens, McLaughlin left his home and rock band in Minneapolis for the University of Southern California guitar department […]

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  • Antoine Dufour & Tommy Gauthier: Jerry’s Breakdown

    Antoine Dufour & Tommy Gauthier: Jerry’s Breakdown

    “Canadian Fingerstyle champion, Antoine Dufour having a bit of fun with Tommy Gauthier on his signature Stonebridge model guitar.” Jerry’s Breakdown has always been one of my favorite songs on guitar, and there’s a lot of great country fingerstyle guitarists that have performed this piece lights out (of course, author course Jerry’s Reed  played the you know what out of it). Now I’m not going to say that this is the most incredible version of Jerry’s Breakdown that I ever […]

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  • Jon Gomm- Tuners on Guitar

    Jon Gomm- Tuners on Guitar

    If you are familiar with 5 string banjo, you will hear this and perhaps have the same reaction that I did. Jon Gomm put Scruggs or Keith tuners on his guitar! But before you turn this on and expect something like Flint Hill Special, no, no, this is totally different. And perhaps Jon didn’t even know of Earl Scruggs, Bill Keith or the Flint Hill Special? The tuners on Jon’s guitar have a way to set them to two different […]

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  • Marc Playle: Talent Overcomes

    Marc Playle: Talent Overcomes

    By Miche Archetto: Here is English guitarist Marc Playle in his first attempt to play some gypsy jazz. Quite a good one I would say! When he was a teen he took interest in playing guitar. After different experiments he finally came up with a very effective tool that, together with his indisputable talent, enabled him to be a professional musician today. This is the  bio in his official website: “Marc Playle was born in South Shields, England, UK on September […]

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  • Walk off the Earth: 5 Musicians and 1 Guitar

    Walk off the Earth: 5 Musicians and 1 Guitar

    By Miche Archetto: Gina Ardis shared on our facebook page this video, featuring the Canadian group “Walk off the Earth” playing together one acoustic guitar while singing “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye. This is what I’ve found on their official website: “Walk Off The Earth is an unconventional, multi-talented five-piece musical phenomena that is currently taking the world by storm. Based in Burlington, Ontario (just outside of Toronto), their brilliant 5-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used […]

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  • John Martyn: Barely Acoustic

    John Martyn: Barely Acoustic

    By Miche Archetto: One of the early influences of singer/songwriter and guitarist John Martyn has been Skip James. In 1972 John Martyn recorded his personal rendition of Skip James’ song “Devil Got My Woman“, that he entitled “ I’d Rather Be The Devil”. Even though the sound is everything but acoustic, it is interesting to listen to what it was possible to do with Echoplex and an acoustic guitar already in 1973 that is the year of this live recording at […]

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  • Phil Keaggy: One Man Orchestra

    Phil Keaggy: One Man Orchestra

    Normally when I hear that a guy is a one man band meaning, he’s playing guitar, a hi hat with one foot, bass pedals with another… and then a lot of other things in between I think…”I don’t need to see that.” Well, this as you will see is different… very different…. Without knowing all of the little gadgets Phil is using, there’s no doubt a looper, digital delays, and reverbs are utilized here. Let’s not forget adding the shaker […]

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  • 12 String Mechanical Guitar Plays Dust In the Wind

    12 String Mechanical Guitar Plays Dust In the Wind

    Dust In The Wind by Kansas on a 12 String We’ve featured some machines playing guitars here before at acoustic guitar videos, but nothing this elaborate and nothing that really seemed to play somewhat like a human. I say somewhat, because… well you know… there’s still no substitute (yet). Here’s the write up from YouTube: “from RagtimeWest.com it’s Our automated 12 String guitar playing Dust in the Wind by Kansas. Brand new product being tested for the first time!!! Fantastic […]

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  • Michael Winslow: Band In A VoiceBox

    Michael Winslow: Band In A VoiceBox

    Michael Winslow and Odd Nordstoga – Rocks Senkveld – Oslo, Norway This has little of nothing to do with an acoustic guitar… Well maybe a little cause there is an acoustic used in this vid. But the main focus here is on Michael Winslow… Remember that guy from “Police Academy”? You might have seen him doing standup comedy on one of those comedy shows? You can call him  ”Band In A VoiceBox” I thought this video was so entertaining and […]

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  • 2 guitars- 4 guitarists

    2 guitars- 4 guitarists

    Tico Tico Fortissimo- Guitar Quartet Okay, I think this will be the last of the odd guitar techniques for a while. Truth is I didn’t have time to post this yesterday so, here it is now. You’ve got to figure that this group is drawing large audiences even without knowing for sure. Here’s the whose who of the Fortissimo- Guitar Quartet plus some biography background: Dimitri Illarionov (the guy) Yuliya Lonskaya (the lady on the left) Nadja Kossinskaja (the blonde lady) Oksana […]

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  • Three Guys… One Guitar

    Three Guys… One Guitar

    Hava Nagila – Trio Balkan Strings Live in The Kolarac Concert Hall, Belgrade May 2010 Hava Nagila – Trio Balkan Strings Live in The Kolarac Concert Hall, Belgrade May 2010 As impressive as it was to see two people play one guitar, why not three! The amount of “team coordination” to pull this spectacular display off should leave any person just shaking their heads in marvel and amazement.  This is beyond guitar…. it’s a magic show! Who are these guys? […]

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  • Duo Siqueira Lima: Who Needs Two Guitars?

    Duo Siqueira Lima: Who Needs Two Guitars?

    1 guitar 2 players! Hey, it’s sure impressive when you see a guitarist with a double neck or a guy with two guitars playing both at the same time. But hows this for a switch… Here’s Cecilia and Fernando known as Duo Siqueira Lima playing the same guitar! Talk about hours and hours of coordination to pull something like this off. And think about it… any timing deviations and the piece could go haywire! In order to do this, you […]

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  • Rodney Branigan – Plays Two Guitars at Once

    Rodney Branigan – Plays Two Guitars at Once

      Rodney Branigan – One Man, Two Guitars David Galletly over at our facebook page spotted this video of a guy playing two guitars at once. Well yea, we’ve seen a couple of people with double neck guitars playing both necks but, we haven’t seen anyone with two guitars! David also informed me that he’s gonna be seeing Rodney Branigan at a house concert tonight … That should be a lot of fun watching in person for sure! Of course, in […]

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  • Vittorio Camardese: Self-Taught Doctor Tapping in 1965

    Vittorio Camardese: Self-Taught Doctor Tapping in 1965

      Vittorio Camardese ospite a “Chitarra Amore Mio” By Miche Archetto: In 1965 the Italian television invited radiologist Vittorio Camardese to show the unusual guitar technique he invented on its own. This video is becoming popular on social networks and Vittorio Camardese is being claimed as “THE inventor of tapping”. This is quite inaccurate, as tapping is a very old technique (see the wikipedia entry). But for sure Vittorio Camardese wasn’t aware of previous tapping examples, so we can claim him […]

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  • Phil Keaggy – Perfect Blend of Talent & Technology

    Maybe when you watch this video you are not going to be as impressed as I was- I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t be however.. this for me is one of the best videos of the year at Acoustic Guitar Videos. And what blows my mind is I have never heard of Phil Keaggy before.. Shame on me… I had to watch this video 3 times in a row. I’m blown away. At first I thought the background guitar stuff […]

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  • Rhett Butler: Playing Two Guitars At the Same Time

    Rhett Butler: Playing Two Guitars At the Same Time

    Rhett Butler has figured out a way to play two guitars at the same time. Heres a video of him playing a Joe Satriani song which was recorded  by Conrad Wolfman at Crossroads Coffeehouse in Winnsboro Texas 2009. Commentary and a question by Jim Weaver: “Not acoustic but Mr. Butler explains why he uses electrics for the melodic interpretation of this song whereas he plays acoustics for more rhythmic work. I think the lower guitar is an Ibanez replica Jaguar but what is […]

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  • Will Machines Replace Humans On The Guitar?

    Yesterday we featured an animated video of an acoustic guitar machine that was in my opinion so awesome to watch, however unreal it actually was. Now here’s a real guitar machine (and banjo) that was built by a company called Ragtimewest Designs. Now to answer the question as to whether or not machines will replace humans on the guitar, after watching this, the answer is a big fat NO.  The machine is not a good guitarist.. The concept is intriguing though, […]

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  • A Machine Tries It’s “Hands” at Classical

    A Machine Tries It’s “Hands” at Classical

    This is a video I think you will watch over and over and want to share with all of your friends. The reason is, it’s just so compelling to watch. Whoever thought of this is a genius… Well, as it turns out, they have more videos and I’ve checked a few of them out. Let me know if you think like I do, that this one is the best.. (And it’s not only because this is acoustic guitars either… ) […]

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  • Guitaro 5000: Ya Gotta Have A Gimmick

    Guitaro 5000: Ya Gotta Have A Gimmick

    The video I would say is classified as another one of the odd balls here at Acoustic Guitar Videos (Al Bean-  if your watching this, I know what you’re thinking). Guitaro 5000 is a New York City Subway Guitarist who uses what looks like a can top cutout on his guitar to perform percussion. The song- Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean with a quick lesson on how he’s pulling it off. He does a great job of playing both the drums […]

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  • Hannes Coetzee: Another Way To Play The Guitar

    Hannes Coetzee: Another Way To Play The Guitar

    At first I thought this was fake… Since my eyes are not so good, I heard a  bottleneck lead and the left hand playing just chords. Then the camera zoomed in and oh…. I guess I’ve never seen anything like this before… playing slide with what looks like a spoon. This is another obvious and unusual one to share with your friends…

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