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  • Week in Tribute: Paco de Lucia

    This week, Acoustic Guitar Videos pays tribute to flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia. We’re starting with a video that’s long but worth watching, even in a different language. What’s impressive here is Paco is just casually sitting around the table and playing without any sound consideration… other than a video mic (which is not necessarily conducive to the best recording of a guitar), it’s just Paco, some hand clapping rhythm- and that’s it. Paco is on fire… as usual. […]

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  • Shootout: World’s Fastest Guitar Player

    Shootout: World’s Fastest Guitar Player

    The last time I checked, the world’s fastest guitar player (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) was set by Tiago Della Vega with the Flight of the Bumblebee at 320 Beats Per Minute Now even at 170, it’s impressive… but just wait. Okay, I know it’s not acoustic (maybe there should be a contest for that) but Tiago is very impressive. Notice he’s got some distortion effects but it’s not overpowering. Now the next video is another world’s […]

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  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra – guitarist Kim Chung

    Vietnamese guitarist Kim Chung performs the popular Recuerdos de la Alhambra The guitarist, whose full name is Nguyen Thi Kim Chung, stayed idle for a long time because she was not eager to perform in public and was operating a candle-making factory. She now spends most of her time lecturing her students at HCM City Music Conservatory and writing arrangements of her favourite music pieces to be performed at her fourth live show guitar recital, which will celebrate the 55th […]

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  • Mek Natividade: Secret to Fast Arpeggios

    Here’s a video by Mek Natividade, a guitarist who is showing off some fast arpeggios. Now to be honest, Mek is fast but… a little sloppy… The reason however that I wanted you to see this vid is- it’s a clear view of his right hand sweeping downward in one motion to create the arpeggios. This technique is what the Gypsy Jazz style guitarists use, but with a flatpick. Other people call it sweep picking – used as the ultimate speed weapon […]

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  • Dimitri Illarionov: Classically Classical from Russia

    Here’s a video by guitarist Dimitri Illarionov entitled ‘Virtuosos of Guitar 2008′ festival, that was held in Moscow. He’s done quite a lot of extensive touring which does include the USA. The piece is entitled ‘Valse en skaï’ by Roland Dyens. Check it out… Here’s something to think about… How come you never hear much about musicians from Russia? There’s got to be some great players there too… but I’m not talking about just classical nor just about Dimitri Illarionov For […]

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  • Sweet Georgia Brown – Oscar Aleman

    Sweet Georgia Brown – Oscar Aleman

    A friend of mine (Gary Keenan) shared this video of Oscar Aleman’s rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown this morning on my Facebook page. Yea,  I know how hot Django was back in the 30′s but…. Check out Oscar Aleman.. The tempo is a little slow but bear with it… the hotter double time stuff comes after the violin solo. Due to recording limitations, anybody that played the guitar back then had to have a strong right hand in order to […]

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  • Kaki King Video- Live on the Letterman Show

    Kaki King Video- Live on the Letterman Show

    A friend of mine turned me on this Kaki King video that was lifted from the Letterman Show. I have to admit, I’ve seen a few other videos of Kaki but this one is the most impressive. Pink Noise is a memorable song and the technique she is using makes one wonder why someone would ever choose to use a flatpick. Well….. I’m not going to go that far but, using the right hand in this manner turns the guitar […]

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  • The Best Ever Flamenco Guitarist: Sabicas

    Guitar-Tube is calling this live video of Legendary master of flamneco guitarist Sabicas one of the best.  This was filmed shortly before his death in 1990. Best ever? Well, you can be the judge. I hoping to still be able to move my fingers at 78. Want to point out the slides he does from the 6th string. First time it almost sounds like a picked chromatic scale.. awesome! Quick Facts about Sabicas: Chet Atkins once praised Sabicas for having the […]

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  • Esteban Antonio: Introducing the Ha-Shem

    Esteban Antonio is quite an inventive guitarist. So much so, that he has created what he calls “The Ha-Shem.”  It’s described as having 17 strings, and can be called a “Grand Concert Harp Guitar.” The guitar featured in this video was built by Kif Wood. They are saying that this guitar” is a major revolution in the advancement of the guitar since 1880 combining plucked and bowing techniques, creating a completely new sound. ” This style of guitar is not […]

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  • Don Cortes Maya: The Ultimate Flamenco Guitarist?

    Don Cortes Maya: The Ultimate Flamenco Guitarist?

    I want to share this video of Don Cortes Maya. There’s so many great acoustic guitarist in the world but every so often, a guy like Don comes along and lights it up.   A guy on Youtube made this comment…”So many flamenco guitarists today play technically difficult junk. This guy plays music.” Hope you enjoyed this video. Be sure to share Don Cortes Maya with your friends.

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  • Amos Lora – Boy Wonder of The Flamenco Guitar

    Here’s Amos Lora with a song entitled Entre dos aguas (Between Two Stools). According to an article posted at actualidad.orange.es  ”several flamenco music experts have dubbed Amos as “The Boy Wonder of Flamenco  ‘or’ The dolphin Paco de Lucia. ‘ Amos Lora, who started playing at the age of three, has not only been  influenced by flamenco but also jazz musicians like Coltrain, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny. In this video, I’m not really hearing any of the aforementioned influence, but the playing […]

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  • What do Kids From Other Countries Do To Have Fun?

    Video Games?  ah… no…. This is what kids from other countries do for fun… Here’s Armando, Daniel and Alvaro interpretation of “Between Two Waters” by Paco de Lucia I’m always amazed at the kids being able to pull off such incredible technical stuff. Keep in mind, when you are young, you will think and believe anything is possible without boundaries. Is this video worth sharing with your friends?

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  • Guitar Whiz Kids… Talent, Genius or Discipline?

    Guitar Whiz Kids… Talent, Genius or Discipline?

    “The skill and ability and intelligence of these children show talent of genius,” is the caption translated in the video description. I almost decided not to put this up on the site but while watching, I couldn’t help think of the dance recital my wife and I were at with our own grand kids. Well it was cute and everything but,  it wasn’t anything as organized as this video. In all these so called child virtuoso vids you will  notice […]

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  • Flamenco Virtuoso Tomatito: Clap Along if You Can

    Flamenco Virtuoso Tomatito: Clap Along if You Can

    Here’s a piece entitled La Ardila, Alegrías by flamenco guitarist Tomatito (who is also know as José Fernández Torres)   Here”s some biography  info courtesy of Wikipedia on Tomtito but first, what do you think of his playing? Seems like frequently during this performance his guitar is going out of tune. And what about the hand clapping? Flamenco is many times more than just a guitarist (can include dancing, clapping, Castanets). José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito (born Almería, 1958), is a […]

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  • Jim Greeninger: The Best Guitarist in The World?

    Jim Greeninger’s video entitled ”The Best Guitarist in The World,” is a great title for a video if you want to get a lot of PLAYS. 615,782 to be exact. So whether or not Jim Greeninger is the best guitarist in the world or not is not the issue here. Share this with your friends- tell them “Here’s the best guitarist in the world video…. See what they say…

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  • Django’s 100th Birthday Celebration- One Guitarist Better Than The Next

    Django’s 100th Birthday Celebration- One Guitarist Better Than The Next

    I’m always amazed with the Django Gypsy Jazz Style, and all of the great players that are carrying on the tradition. Here’s a video of Django Reinhardt’s 100th birthday celebration, which was filmed in Le QuecumBar in London. One guitarist is better than the next. Django’s birthday brought together 34 of some of the world’s finest Gypsy guitar players from 6 countries. We are proud to say that 50% of those who accepted our invitation and represented the music of […]

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  • Cherokee Shuffle- with Josh Williams,Chris Eldridge and Andy Falco

    Here’s Josh Williams, Chris Eldridge and Andy Falco performing The Cherokee Shuffle in Nashville’s #1 bluegrass hangout, The Station Inn. This song is a fiddle tune that most anyone who can flatpick a guitar will know. Go to any bluegrass festival-  you will likely hear this song played in a parking lot jam session. For those of you that don’t know,Josh Williams, Chris Eldridge and Andy Falco are 3 of the top acoustic guitarist in bluegrass music today- Josh frequently performs with Tony […]

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  • Gypsy Kids: Where Do You Go From Here?

    Here’s another Jimmy Rosenberg video with a rendition of Minor Swing. He’s about 12 years old in this one…. Accompanying him are Falko Reinhardt and Sani van Mullum Where do you go from there? That apparently was a question the older Jimmy couldn’t answer as he ended up doing a lot of drugs and ended up in prison. He’s out now and the word is he’s still playing great.

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  • Young Jimmy Rosenberg-Kid Gypsy Guitarist Video

    This video of young Jimmy Rosenberg is not the highest quality but does show off what he was capable of as a kid playing Gypsy Guitar. It was recorded in Holland in a gypsy camp where he lived . It’s interesting to note how his right hand is very open. Technically holding the pick in a fist is the proper technique for any style of acoustic guitar. I’ve seen other videos of Jimmy holding his pick in a fist but in […]

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  • Django Reinhardt – Sweet Georgia Brown

    Django Reinhardt – Sweet Georgia Brown

    Here’s Django Reinhardt performing Sweet Georgia Brown. The problem is, the audio is indeed SGB, but the film click is from J’attendrai. Unfortunately, there’s very few video clips of Django actually playing. For those of you that don’t know, Django was perhaps the best of the Gypsy Jazz style guitarists- certainly one of the most influential players of his time. And with all of the greatness, a handicap of only having 2 fingers on his left hand. According to a  Django […]

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  • Andres Segovia-What Made Him So Special?

    Andres Segovia- the “most influential classical guitar personalities of the 20th century” according to Wikipedia Here’s Andres Performing Villa-Lobos Prelude no. 1 in e minor, live in Spain Segovia’s technique differed from that of Tárrega and his followers, such as Emilio Pujol. Both Segovia and Miguel Llobet (who taught Segovia several of his transcriptions of Granados’ piano works) plucked the strings with a combination of his fingernails and fingertips, producing a sharper sound than many of his contemporaries. With this technique, […]

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  • Joscho Stephan Trio: Sweet Georgia Brown on Steroids

    Joscho Stephan Trio: Sweet Georgia Brown on Steroids

    Django Reinhardt- if you were alive would you get nervous? Here’s Joscho Stephan and his Trio performing the swing/jazz standard Sweet Georgia Brown. Joscho is a German guitarist who has appeared on stage with many of the world’s hottest players, or should I say, many of the best players have appeared on stage with Joscho.. Watch this video… Is Joscho the world’s greatest Gypsy Jazz Guitarist alive today? The song starts out with Joscho playing everything but Django style, even […]

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  • Al Di Meola: Layers of Tones

    Al Di Meola: Layers of Tones

    Egyptian Danza (Live) by Al Di Meola is an example of what can be done to electronically alter the tone of the acoustic guitar. At the time (2007) the state of the art guitar synth was the GK-2, can hear it producing the string sounds behind his guitar. He’s getting a fairly good electric distoto sound coming from one of the pedals on the floor. People that hear these sounds today might think this is outdated but, back then it […]

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  • John McLaughlin & Paco DeLucia: Beyond fast

    John McLaughlin & Paco DeLucia performing Spain. Is McLaughlin the fastest guitarist ever? The answer is no… there are faster players but, who cares after hearing him and Paco go at it in this now famous video. Later this duo would add Al Di Meola. Do you think that was necessary?

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  • So You Want to Be an Acoustic Guitar Player?

    So You Want to Be an Acoustic Guitar Player?

    If you are an inspiring guitarist, I want you to pay close attention to this next video. Here’s a guy that’s playing his ass off in the street for maybe a few coins. This is what it’a like to live the life of a real musician. Now I’m especially digging the part after the song is over….. almost an embarrassing amount of silence. If you have played these types of gigs (or in the streets), you know what I’m talking about. Here’s […]

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  • Solo Acoustic Guitar by Ewan Dobson “I Know Your Pain ”

    Solo Acoustic Guitar by Ewan Dobson “I Know Your Pain ”

    Ewan Dobson could probably play the hell out of a 5 string banjo if he wanted to. I say this because a lot of his right hand technique is similar to that of a modern day banjoist. Here’s a cool video and a song entitled “I know Your Pain,” but only for your listening pleasure- as you can’t really see what Ewan is doing all the time. Give me your rating of this guy. I think he’s awesome.

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  • Ewan Dobson- Over 8 Million Views Fools the Public

    Ewan Dobson- Over 8 Million Views Fools the Public

    Here’s Ewan Dobson performing a song titled – Time 2.. It has 8,768,661 views!   For those of you that don’t know, Ewan is using a delay on his guitar that was originally invented by Les Paul back in the 40′s. The way it works is, you would be recording signal through the first tape head on a tape machine, and the second head a couple of inches away would play back your part, delayed in time of course. It became […]

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  • Yamandu Costa: Considered One Of Brazil’s Finest Guitarist

    I just did a recording session with a phenomenal guitarist named Pedro Rodriguez who plays kind of a hybrid of jazz, classical and flamenco. We talked a little after the session and he mentioned guitarist  Yamandu Costa , a guitarist that is considered one of the greatest of Brazilian music. This is a vid from a performance live in Paris. Yea, it’s classical in nature but Yamandu’s playing has a little jazz, Samba, Bosa Nova, New Age etc… This video was filmed when he […]

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  • Check out this kid- Brandon Hart

    Here’s a kid named Brandon Hart at the National Fine Arts Festival in Charlotte, NC 2008 playing. The video is titled as “Unbelievable guitar solo.” Nice job Brandon… Hey you watching this video… What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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  • Do Kids that play guitar Get a Free Pass?

    Do Kids that play guitar Get a Free Pass?

    What is it about kids playing the guitar? Do they get a free pass from the audience? Even if they are sloppy and missing notes? Check out this vid of the young Julio Silpitruca playing a song entitled  ”La cumparsita” Well, he’s pretty good for his age, probably better than most adults and perhaps a guitar hero in the making but, do me a favor… Close your eyes and just listen. Now what do you think?

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