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  • Tim Thompson- Flinstone’s Theme Song, But You Haven’t Heard it Like This

    Ever hear of Tim Thompson? Well, watch this video and you’re never gonna forget him. The guitar Tim is playing is a hybrid cross between acoustic and electric, so technically it is not a pure acoustic. Yea, I don’t think this performance would work so well on a high action Martin HD28, but there are a lot of acoustic guitars like Ovation and Yamaha that have a similar neck profile with piezo elements under the saddle for amplification so… let’s just call this […]

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  • Gerald Sheppard- Player and Builder of Fine Guitars

    Here’s another guitarist that I wasn’t aware of by the name of Gerald Sheppard, performing the Sting/Police song entitled “Fields Of Gold.” What’s cool about this video besides his clean pickin’ is he is playing his own hand built guitar. Now I don’t know about you guys but, I would prefer to buy a custom built guitar from someone that can really play like Gerald. I tend to be leery of  builders that just build (how would they know if the guitar […]

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  • Jon Gomm – Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)

    I think the best part of doing this job of posting acoustic guitar videos here is getting to meet some new like minded friends and finding new guitarists that I haven’t heard of before. Well here’s a new guitarists for me (yet very well known)  that my new friend Jay Tolbert recommended I watch- Jon Gomm – Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan) Jon is one of those lyrical guitarists that is able to transcend past guitar licks and phrases- personally it makes me forget […]

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  • Joseph Strider- A Guitar, A Good Song and a Load of Laundry

    Here’s a singer/songwriter that I haven’t heard of before- Joseph Strider. He’s got a bunch of videos up on Youtube that I will check out. On this one, Joseph does some good singing and nice guitar backup accompaniment in this original song entitled “Big Love.” I’ve seen a lot of unique places that people film videos before but never a Laundromat! I like how he says the date at the beginning of the video and also, the lady who’s doing her laundry in […]

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  • Ewan Dobson – Save Money On Strings- Use Dental Floss

    With the rising cost of strings, Ewan Dobson has a solution for the poor man- stringing up his guitar with dental floss. It actually sounds good, but then again it’s Ewan Dobson. He proves yet again that he can make just about anything he plays work. What is amazing is it can tune up to pitch. Gimmick or new sound? Or maybe he had a fight with his string suppliers? What do you make of this? Special thanks to Matt Dales […]

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  • A List of the Top 15 Guitar Players- One Man’s Opinion

    This is a fun video to watch, especially if you enjoy fingerpicking/tapping style of guitar. This video is one person’s pick of his top 15 guitarists. Here’s the list (backwards of how it appears on the video) 1. Michael Hedges 2. Tommy Emmanuel 3. Lenny Breau 4. Chet Atkins 5. Don Ross 6. Steven King 7. Stephen Bennett 8. Andy Mckee 9. Antoine Dufour 10. Peppino D’Agostino 11. Kaki King 12. Erik Mongrain 13. Justin King 14. Kotaro Oshio 15. […]

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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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  • Leo Kottke- Live in Concert

    Leo Kottke- certainly one of the best solo fingerpicking acoustic guitarist. Here he is on what looks like a clip from a concert for Austin City Limits but there is no description available. Here’s a question for you- Would you have preferred to hear Leo with or without his pickup, or is this just his sound? Please leave your comments below. Also, is this indeed Austin City Limits?

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  • Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen- Lover’s Cross

    Ever had an event stick in your mind from your childhood that you can instantly recall? Well, the death of Jim Croce was one of them for me. I was in my 8th Grade shop class when somehow the news got spread into the classroom. At the time, Croce was just about as big as anyone on the radio, and most kids my age and almost anyone into music couldn’t help but morn the death of this very talented singer/songwriter/pop […]

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  • Willie Nelson-Inspirational Solo-Blue Eye’s Crying In The Rain

    You’ve heard this song before, but not like this… Here’s Willie Nelson with “Blue Eye’s Crying In The Rain” only check out Willie’s really nice acoustic guitar solo. Willie is one of the old school country guys that knows music and chord changes- this solo is proof (to me better than the recorded version). Did you know that there used to be a time that country music had chord changes and not just 1, 4 , 5 with an occasional […]

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  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Things Goin’ On- Rare Acoustic Performance

    If you haven’t guessed by now, this week we’ve been featuring acoustic guitars in Pop music and running across a lot of cool videos that are really exciting to watch. If you landed here to watch this Lynyrd Skynyrd vid, make sure you check out more videos here, or better yet, sign up for our weekly newsletter (just right of this post) where we send the best videos of the week directly to your mailbox…. you won’t miss nothin’ Well […]

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  • Mike Dawes New Video

    We have featured Mike Dawes here before with one of his more popular songs that got a lot of hits on Youtube. But here’s a new one that only has about 300+ views entitled “The Impossible,” which may be impossible for most guitarists to play… but not Mike. Beautiful work, great filming and a first rate recording. I would personally like to thank Rob Poland for sharing this with us. Be the first to share this new video with your […]

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  • Gordon Lightfoot Performs with the “Mystery Guitarist”

    Here’s one of my favorite singer/songwriters- Gordon Lightfoot singing one of his all time greatest hits “If You Could Read My Mind.” This was filmed back in 74 so once again, great sound on the guitars. Now I say guitars because even though you can’t see him , there is another guitarists with Gordon (off to the right). I want to know why this “mystery guitarist” is performing in the dark? Is he shy, or did Gordon want all of […]

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  • John Denver-Rocky Mountain High

    Here’s John Denver singing (and playing) Rocky Mountain High live. I’m hoping you have stereo speakers cause I want you to pay attention to the acoustic guitar in the left speaker. (if it’s in your right speaker than you have them wired backwards)… Nice guitar playing for sure- and John Denver always had such beautiful acoustic work on all of his Albums- sort of a trademark sound of his. Here’s a question I have- Does anyone know who the acoustic […]

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  • America Rehearses Ventura Highway

    This song by America (Ventura Highway) should be very familiar to almost everyone. It was a giant hit that’s still playing on the air. And you know what the best part is? It’s primarily acoustic guitars. This of course was a live recording/performance that looks to be a band rehearsal – so don’t be too judgmental of the performance (out of tune singing, etc).    

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  • James Taylor- Fire & Rain Solo

    No Doubt, James Taylor has influenced has influenced an entire generation of modern day singers/songwriters with both his voice and his  guitar. In this video from 1970, we get to hear the guitar being amplified with a microphone rather than a pickup. The sound is incredible. Later on in his career it was necessary (especially with a larger band) to use a pickup, as the microphone can only go so loud on a guitar without feeding back. He ended up eventually […]

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  • Steve Morse- The Bash with the Dixie Dregs

    Okay, I promise NOT to post any more ELECTRIC GUITAR VIDEOS on ACOUSTIC GUITAR VIDEOS after this one. Here’s Steve Morse with three versions of the “Bash” I’m including three for the following reason: Listen how different the Steve’s solos are – I saw the Dregs live three days in a row and couldn’t believe the variations in the solos and even the arrangements. I wish there was a video out there that had Mark OConnor on the fiddle- that’s […]

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  • Steve Morse- It’s All About His Guitar

    Here’s Steve Morse showing off his electric guitar, a Music Man Steve Morse model no less. This video is not really about Steve’s playing, but listening to him speak and noodling around on his guitar. Yes I know this is NOT an acoustic guitar and I too would have preferred to hear him naked on the acoustic but, it is still super impressive to watch this video. But the main reason why I wanted to share this video is because […]

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  • Courtney Cox Demonstrates The Auto Tune Guitar

    When I first started playing out as a teenager, I remember our band playing a song, tuning, playing a song, tuning… tuning… tuning… I actually think that some of the people listening thought they were songs… But let’s face it, being out of tune can ruin your whole day. And yes, tuning is a problem for a lot of guitarists and, especially on the acoustic. Well here’s a solution on the electric that is called the Peavey AT200 Auto Tune […]

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  • Steve Morse- Electric Guitar Virtuoso Goes Acoustic

    Steve Morse was the band leader and driving force behind the all instrumental band called the Dixie Dregs. The band featured an all star cast of musicians, playing various forms of fusion with a southern rock influence. Fiddle Virtuoso Mark OConnor also had a brief stint with the Dregs (quit the Grisman Quintet to join up with Steve Morse). The band was able to go from heady chord changes similar to Alan Holdsworth compositions- then turn around and play a […]

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  • Dicky Betts, Greg Allman Play Acoustics

    If you were into guitars back in the 70′s and 80′s, you couldn’t help but be aware of the Allman Brothers band that also featured guitarist Dicky Betts. The harmony guitar melodies they played were a trademark sound that influenced many southern rock bands. Not only influential but, major hit instrumental songs that you still hear on the radio and the media today. But how does that stuff (slow southern rock harmony guitar leads) sound on acoustic? I was able […]

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  • Punch Brothers- Crossover From Bluegrass

    If you are a fan of Bluegrass Music, you should be a fan of the Punch Brothers, right? Well, no, not necessarily. I know a lot of my Trad Head friends are going to say that they don’t like this video at all. So what’s the worst thing that’s gonna happen here, not “like” this on facebook? For those of you that aren’t familiar, the musicians here actually have been heavily influenced by bluegrass. Guitarist Cris Eldridge (son of banjo […]

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  • Tony Rice- Bluegrass Music’s Most Copied Guitarist

    When it comes to bluegrass flatpicking everybody plays like Tony Rice… yet no one does… except perhaps Wyatt Rice (his brother on this video) It’s that “Rice” genetic makeup, a similar touch, tone and soul that only a Rice relative could possess. For those of you that might not be so familiar with bluegrass flatpicking, Tony Rice is the most copied guitarist on the planet earth and, I suspect it’s going to stay that way for a long time. Go to bluegrass […]

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  • Chris Woods- Mood Creator

    I have to admit that I watched this video about 5 times. And I’m gonna watch it again after I’m done with this article. Chris Woods…. lot more than a great groove.. lot more than a great song… And it’s a lot more than just than hot licks, chops and speed (although it’s got that and all the above…) It’s mood created by sound.. Chris Woods is one rare guitarist that is able to put forth feeling behind each note […]

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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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  • Paul McCartney- Solo Acoustic

    Here’s an obvious follow up to the rare John Lennon solo acoustic performance of Imagine, a beautiful song entitled “For No One.” Lots of cool things I’ve noticed about this video. First he is playing right handed strung up lefty… The vocal mic he’s using (a Telefunken U47, probably more valuable than the guitar) is pointed upwards and positioned sideways. Reason-  to keep the bleed away from the acoustic guitar as much as possible and attempt to capture a single […]

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  • John Lennon- Imagine Solo

    John Lennon- Imagine Solo

    John Lennon, His rhythm guitar was one of the most popular sounds ever on the radio, but you mostly heard it with the band (Beatles) and not solo. Here’s John Lennon and Imagine with just John and his guitar. Think John is any good on the guitar? Playing rhythm guitar especially in the studio is one of the hardest tasks to accomplish. This is because good rhythm guitar requires precise timing, no matter what type of music you are attempting. […]

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  • John Fahey- Candy Man- Strikes a Chord

    John Fahey…. Okay I thought… By today’s standards you might think a little primitive but ya know… Something is happening here that is very unique…. And someone had to do it first, right? We’ll here’s the pioneer- the guy that started it all on the solo steel string guitar. I admit that I never really listened much to John Fahey. Mostly because I was into the flatpicking thing. But after listening, John Fahey would be my first stop if I was trying […]

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  • Dan Crary- Lady’s Fancy

    Here’s Dan Crary again with an original piece entitled Lady’s Fancy. Sorry that we can’t get to see him play this one, but it is the title cut from his Ladies Fancy album that was released back in 1977 and is outstanding. The album also features John Hickman and Byron Berline. Dan was playing a Mossman guitar on this album… I thought wow, it had such a wonderful tone (in my opinion) that I just had to have one. Turns […]

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  • Berline, Crary & Hickman- Ultimate Bluegrass Trio

    Are you familiar with Berline-Crary & Hickman? If not, you are in for a real treat here. This video appears to be made right around the time that they first got together, I’m gonna say late 70′s, perhaps early 80′s. I was fortunate enough to do a twin bill gig with this group. Dan Crary in my opinion is the best to ever flatpick a fiddle tune. He’s got a very unique way of holding a pick- to this day, […]

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