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  • Gustavo Santaolalla: Composer

    Gustavo Santaolalla: Composer

    By Miche Archetto: Here is the Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla, who won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score in 2006 and 2007. So, don’t expect any fancy playing in here, but only very inspired and soulful music.This composition was included in his solo album “Ronroco” (1998), named after the instrument that he is playing. It belongs to the family of charangos, traditional 10-string Andean instruments. The wikipedia entry reads: “As a solo artist, he has recorded three albums. His first self-titled […]

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  • Ewan Dobson: Left Hand Of Doom

    Ewan Dobson: Left Hand Of Doom

    Ewan Dobson featuring Zack B. – “Autumn Red” – Acoustic Metal   If you haven’t noticed by now, look at Ewan’s left hand. It’s not only giant, but extremely coordinated. And look at the pinky. It’s sick if you ask me. He’s playing in positions and in a key that is not possible for most guitarists (yea, I can play this song but, need a capo to do it in this key). Ewan of course is no slouch with his […]

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  • Flatt & Scruggs: Tempo Analysis- Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

    Flatt & Scruggs: Tempo Analysis- Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

    Here’s a really cool Beats Per Minute (BPM) / Tempo Analysis of Flatt and Scruggs version of “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms.” Why would anyone do such a thing? I found this very interesting because live music does indeed move in tempo no matter how solid the groove is or seems to be perceived.  And why this band and this song? Well the answer is obvious from a bluegrass standpoint in that Flatt and Scruggs pretty much defined the sound […]

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  • Ian Anderson: Jethro Tull Remakes Classical

    If you are 40+ in age or thereabouts (or a young retro recluse), you probably are familiar with Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson) and all the pop hits they (he) had on the radio. And although this is not what many of you would consider an “amazing acoustic guitar video,” (say like a Tommy Emmanuel video) it is nonetheless a very enjoyable performance. In this  remake of the classical tune “Life Is A Long Song,” this performance features a nice blend of piano, string […]

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  • Django Reinhardt: Major Swing!

    If you are a fan of Django and his Hot Club of France, then you are going to want to listen to this! Yea, after listening to everything that Django and Stephan have ever done, including one of their most popular songs… “Minor Swing, ” this is like listening to something new. Now isn’t it amazing… you change just one note and, well, what a difference. Sounds awful, I know but amazing nonetheless. I guess Vassar Clements was right when […]

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  • Les Paul and Mary Ford: Track by Track

    I’m gonna end this Les Paul Tribute off with with a video that is both entertaining and a peak into how Les really recorded their music. Now, this was before the mulit-track tape invention so, this is considered Sound on Sound. While watching this, realize that the audience back then had no idea what Les was doing or how. Pretty much Alaister Cooke is referencing the fact that people were indeed wondering if Les and Mary were doing some kind […]

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  • Les Paul: The Moon is Not High Enough

    I’m not going to talk about whats on this video because you can simply watch it. What I am going to talk about are a few things that many of you may not know about Les Paul. I know, your asking… how would I know? Well, my house is filled with Les Paul memorabilia and things he gave my wife when they were working together… in fact, for nearly 15 years Lucy and her former husband/manager worked day to day and […]

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  • Jens Kruger plays Bach Cello Suite No. 1 on Banjo

    Okay, not an acoustic guitar but I think you will enjoy this. Here’s Jens Kruger playing Bach Cello Suite No. 1 Jens is known collectively from the band “The Kruger Brothers” Here’s a write-up on them: “Originally from Switzerland, where the trio first formed, Jens Kruger and Uwe Kruger later moved to the United States. The brothers began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. Their […]

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  • Beatles at Abbey Road: No Digital Trickery Here

    Here’s the Beatles in 1964 at Abby Road Studios trying to get some takes down. This video kind of gives a peak into what they went through to get a good one. This write-up from YouTube: “Beatles recording I should of Known Better and And I love her – from electric to acoustic versions! Taken from every source to make complete and in order! Enjoy! Ringo even playing brushes on And I Love Her! Musicians take note of the chord […]

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  • John Lennon and George Harrison: Recording Session 1971

    This video is from 1971 of John Lennon and George Harrison recording “Oh My Love.” Just shortly after the song starts, we get to see a little interview with John and Yoko talking about love and sex (perfect huh). After the interview, the video cuts to the actual session instead of the rehearsal. During the first verse or so, the song stops…. you’ll get to hear John cursing out the engineer for changing reels during the take. (For those of […]

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  • Paul, George and Ringo- Jamming on Acoustics

    For me, it’s usually anything Beatles that I’m gonna enjoy, especially an acoustic style jam such as this one that took place in 1995. I don’t know if this was the last official time these guys got together to play music but, I found it curious that it was all acoustics… Cool video? What do you think?  

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  • Tommy Emmanuel-Classic Gas (And A Lot Of Gas)

    There’s a ton of videos out there on Tommy Emmanuel, and although I want to try to cover as many new guitarists out there, it seems like I just can’t resist posting another Tommy Video… It almost reminds me of the 60′s when the Beatles keep pumping out hit after hit and dominated the airwaves. Years later, you have the Oldies stations that play that time period but seem to leave out the Beatles. Maybe this is due to the […]

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  • Bluegrass All Star Recording Session With Tony Rice

    I don’t know how many of you have been in a recording studio before but, if you have, you will notice that this session is probably a little different than most these days. First thing you will notice is there is no baffles or isolation booths- they’re all playing around in a circle. Lots of people are going to think that this setup was done for the video, but that is not the case. Truth is, this is and will always […]

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  • George Harrison- Studio Guitar Solos Don’t Make the Cut

    Here’s Beatles producer George Martin with his son Giles Martin and George Harrison’s son Dhani listening to individual tracks and what’s know as “stem mixes” of “Here Comes The Sun”. (lots of Sons or Suns in that sentence) A stem mix is simply a logical grouping of elements to a song, say a stem mix of just the vocals, or just the percussion or instruments. It’s a great way to mix a song, especially if there are many elements and […]

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