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  • David Cook – Playing Only 4 Years

    David Cook – Journey of Hope (Fingerstyle Guitar) Original Rotterdam guitarist David Cook has only been playing the guitar for 4 years… 4 years…. Well… There’s a lot of guitarists watching this video that won’t believe it. But I do. At his facebook site, David says that one of his big influences was Tommy Emmanuel. A lesson to be learned here … when you raise the bar that high, falling short is not such a bad place to be. And […]

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  • Andy McKee – Percussiveness

    Andy McKee – Rylynn Hey, I invented a new word… Here’s Andy McKee, one of the undisputed heavyweight YouTube champions whose got over 24 million views with this song called Rylynn.  Great playing of course but, if you look up the categories I choose for this Andy McKee video, I have not choose “tapping” as one of them. Why? I’m sure a lot of you consider this to be tapping guitar..? I know Wikipedia is not always the best place […]

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  • Tim Thompson: Birdland

    Birdland performed by Tim Thompson on a Redline Parlor Guitar I’m just guessing that the folks over at Redline Guitars got Tim Thompson to play their parlor guitar for this video. For those of you that don’t know, Tim Thompson was the 2008 International Fingerstyle Champion… so if this is indeed an advertisment, they certainly picked a great guitarist to demo this guitar. The YouTube description says this parlor guitar is made out of Honduran Mahogany back and sides, Carpathian […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel- Backstage Without a Thumbpick

    Tommy Emmanuel- Irish Flatpicking I’ve said this in earlier posts featuring Tommy Emmanuel- An entire website could be devoted to this genius.  It seems there’s nothing on the guitar he can’t do (except play bad)…. In this video, the scene is set backstage at a workshop in Newberry South Carolina in May 2010.  The person that shot the video says “it’s not the best  (the video) but it was just too good to keep it to myself.” Yea, a little Irish […]

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  • Dickey Betts/The Allman Brothers: Jamming In The Hotel Room

    Life on the road is not always so easy. Most of the time all you are doing is traveling from one gig to the next- either in a bus or perhaps something a little bit more comfortable. But there are a lot of fun times… Here’s one of those moments caught on video- it’s with Dickey Betts, Chuck Leavell, Dan Toler on guitar who was with the Brothers for a time. The song is called Danny Blue

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  • Wayne Henderson-Put Down The Wood & Play the Guitar

    Wayne Henderson, who is well known for building guitars is featured here in this video playin’ the Steel Guitar Rag. Normally you don’t see builders who can play this good… He’s got an interesting style in that he’s obviously listened to a lot of flatpickers and picked up some of that style with the thumbpicks. I’d like to thank Walt Birdwell for finding this video. I have known that Wayne Henderson was a guitarist but, I didn’t know he was […]

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  • John Lee Hooker & Furry Lewis – Real Deals of The Blues

    Here’s two of the real deals of the blues- John Lee Hooker & Furry Lewis – The video is cool because it gives some background on these two legends. Johnny Lee Hooker is pretty much a legendary figure in the history books for blues. But I wasn’t that familiar with Furry Lewis and in his section of the video, we really get to here him do pretty much a whole set of music. I don’t mean to give Johnny the […]

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  • Adam Rafferty: Ahead of The Beat

    Adam Rafferty – Superstition & Sir Duke- Live At Bangkok Acoustic Guitar Celebration Check it out… I think you will enjoy this live performance that Adam gives here, especially the second song Sir Duke. What I like about his playing is, he really knows how to crank the melody notes ahead of the beat which creates so much excitement, just check out the quickness of the single notes he does. This is not to be confuses with tempo, speeding up or […]

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  • Adam Rafferty – Covers Stevie Wonder

    Adam Rafferty – I Wish by Stevie Wonder – Solo Guitar Miche Archetto over at our facebook sister site recommended I check out fingerstyle guitarist Adam Rafferty. Well obviously I did, and he’s really an excellent guitarist that plays with great groove and emotion. He seems to specialize in Stevie Wonder compositions put to the acoustic. It just so happens that this video is part of Adam’s YouTube channel which means that after this song is over, you’ll get to hear […]

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  • Sharon Isbin: Tranquility Plus

    Sharon Isbin: Tranquility Plus

    Sharon Isbin Performs Asturias by Isaac Albeniz By Jim Weaver: “Professor” Sharon Isbin is an American-born (Minnesota) classical guitarist with multiple degrees from Yale. She has studied with Segovia among others, and founded the guitar department at Julliard. She has recorded duets with Joan Baez, Mark O’Connor, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Nancy Wilson and many others, and her music is part of the soundtrack for the film”The Departed”. She has a flair for the dramatic, but her passion for the […]

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  • Sierra Hull: Guitar is her “Second Instrument”

    Sierra Hull: Guitar is her “Second Instrument”

    In this living room video, Sierra Hull is joined by mandolinist Carl Berggren and I believe Sierra’s father on bass, on the bluegrass standard Roanoke. Now if you are not familiar with Sierra, she is very famous in bluegrass for her mandolin playing…. after you are done watching this video, do check this out… She is outrageous. So, this is Sierra on guitar… call it her “second instrument” I’ll tell you this… if you flatpick, just try getting out that first […]

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  • Pat Metheny: Acoustic and In Concert

    Sit back, take a load off and enjoy this full length concert featuring  Pat Metheny & bassist Charlie Haden – Live in Burghausen, Germany, 2003. You might want to just preview a little, and save it for the weekend. It’s an hour and thirty some odd minutes in length. I also recommend starting off with a bottle of some nice French wine with perhaps a few imported cheeses… and of course some good company, preferably the opposite sex! This video […]

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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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  • Chet Atkins and Lenny Breau: Note Choice, Note Choice

    Chet Atkins and Lenny Breau: Sweet Geoegia Brown Chet had said that Lenny Breau was one of his favorite guitarist, and in this video which features Chet and Lenny on this jazz classic ” Sweet Georgia Brown,” you are gonna know why Chet would have said such a thing. This particular video is not so good (meaning the quality), as it was probably run off on VCR back when this aired in the late 70′s. You see Ralph Emery introduce […]

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  • Chet Atkins: How He Got Started- plus Advice

    Here’s an interview by Chet Atkins, who says he started on the ukulele of all things! Living in the mountains wasn’t easy… “There’s no money around in those days don’t ya know,” Chet says, referring to what he had to go through to makeshift some fingerpicks.. Chet then starts talking about the ‘making of sides” and I’m sure most of you will not know what he’s talking about. Sides is a term that I heard from some of the older […]

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  • Swan Berger, Levis Adel Reinhardt and Pierre Manetti “Swing 48″

    This is a tribute concert to Django Reinhardt that occurred  in January 2010 and broadcast by France 2. And would you look at the size of the audience… Not sure that would happen for this type of music in the USA? And would you look how young these kids are!! And for sure it doesn’t hurt when you have the name “Reinhardt” when you are playing Jazz. Here’s how Levis is related to Django according to Vintage Guitar.com: “Levis Adel-Reinhardt […]

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  • Doc Watson Playing An Arnold Jimmie Rodgers Weymann Guitar

    Doc Watson Playing An Arnold Jimmie Rodgers Weymann Guitar Since the passing of Doc Watson, it seems I can’t get enough of anything he does, which includes recordings, performance videos, and now a tryout of an Arnold Jimmie Rodgers Weymann Guitar. This guitar is not in my opinion something that Doc would have regularly used, as it just doesn’t have the sound conducive for flapicking. But it does sound great on those Jimmie Rogers style songs and,,, guess Doc knew […]

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  • Ben Lapps Plays “Squaredance”

    Ohio guitarist Ben Lapps has been featured before… no doubt. check it out right here This video and this live “setting up the sound for another band” stage performance happens to be from the same show. I was thrilled to find this video of course. Whether or not you like tapping guitar, it’s difficult for me to say that I’ve heard another player in this  style with as much chops as Ben Lapps.  I personally think the whole point of […]

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  • Sönke Meinen: Guitar Festival Performance- Live

    Sönke Meinen plays on the Open Stage at The 6. Guitar Festival in Rietitown If you are into fingerstyle guitar (and not necessarily the tapping percussive style), then I think you will enjoy this video by German guitarist Soenke Meine. Soenke has a very nice and pleasant sounding approach, more in the vein of a guitarist that focuses in on the getting a tone out of his instrument rather than a lot of fancy tapping. After all, some of his main hero’s include […]

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  • Sönke Meinen: This Songs for You, Mr. Robinson

    Here’s German guitarist Sönke Meinen, with a tune that he wrote for one of his guitar hero’s – Snokin’ Joe Robinson. Now if you don’t know who Joe Robinson is, check this video out… Joe is perhaps the latest and greatest version of Tommy Emmanuel  on guitar today. And he’s also Australian born! But hey, this is about Sönke Meinen, not Mr. Robinson…. So, I will tell you that Sönke is doing just fine and playing a lot of gigs and making […]

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  • Mike Dawes: Boogie Shred

    Mike Dawes is considered to be one of the elite percussive style guitarists on the scene today. If you’ve got to wonder, check out this video (just hit the play button). Whether or not you like this style of guitar, there’s no doubt as to how excellent of a player Mike is. This video features a piece he wrote entitled ‘Boogie Shred’ written in part as a dedication to English guitar pioneer Eric Roche. In fact, in the YouTube description, Mike says that this […]

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  • Eric Clapton Guitar Review: Prefers a “Basic Guitar”

    Here’s Eric Clapton doing a review of the limited edition Martin Crossroads guitars. These guitars are a partnership that Eric has with Guitar Center and C.F Martin- guitars that are to Eric’s personal specifications. When trying these beauties out, it seems he is digging the one on his left (that would be our right). He says that it’s a little louder to his ears than the other. He says that the guitars are “perfect,” but it that a good thing? […]

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  • Brad Davis: Double Down- California

    The “double down” technique is something that guitarist Brad Davis has become quite well known for… Here’s a video that features him playing his original instrumental tune “California.” This performance displays just how valuable this technique is for getting out fast lines without breaking a sweat. Imagine asking Doc Watson or Tony Rice to play up to speed note for note on this song. It would be impossible without using this technique. Okay you ask, what is double down? Well […]

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  • Luna Lee: Was Jimi Hendrix influenced by the Gayageum?

    Girl rocks Hendrix song “Voodoo Chile” on a Korean instrument called the gayageum. Norm Miller sent this in… “Ok, this isn’t a guitar but it IS acoustic and this girl totally rocks it! Somewhere up there, a young fella named Jimi is smiling!” Thanks Norm! So I’m looking at this and saying .. what instrument is this? It’s kind of like a cross between a hammered dulcimer and a pedal steel… hum.  Or a lap version of a sitar… Well, apparently a lot […]

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  • Forbes Henderson: Bach Chaconne/Part1

    Paul Fisher sent this into our facebook site and didn’t say anything about this vid.. Okay, guess it’s up to me. Here’s classical guitarist Forbes Henderson with his arrangement of Bach’s Charconne Part 1. Great smooth playing here, pretty much flawlessly executed. The Youtube video description says: “The Bach Chaconne/Ciaconna written after the death of his first wife Maria Barbara Bach. The guitar is made by Simon Ambridge.” Here’ something by Forbes Henderson: “As I am about to spend the next couple […]

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  • Istvan & Farko: Crossing The Line

    Blane Ebersold shared this video … and writes: “Here’s one of a phenomenal Hungarian born guitarist who lives in Seattle – Istvan Rez. His primary influences are Flamenco and Gypsy Swing but he has a style of his own. His collaborations with bass player Farko Dosumov are his best work yet.” Well Blane, I would have never found this video so, your insider information is greatly appreciated here. Obviously Istvan has been listening to a lot more than just the gypsy […]

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  • Haile: Just Groovin’

    Haile is an acoustic guitarist From Paris France… I couldn’t find anything about him on the internet at all…. He did however share this video with us over at our facebook site. I thought this was worth posting because as the title say’s , it’s Just Groovin’ and Haile does indeed Just Groove. What I dug about this video was Haile’s chord knowledge and rhythm. He’s got some tapping going on but, not what you would normally hear from a tapping […]

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  • Monte Montgomery: Acoustic Guitar Goes Electric

    Monte Montgomery “Moonlight Tango” / Winter ASGN 2010 “Monte Montgomery takes to the stage with a tune named “Moonlight Tango” during Muriel Anderson’s “All Star Guitar Night” charity event at the OC Pavilion Theater in Santa Ana, CA.” When we think of the acoustic guitar, we think of sweet subtle nuances of sounds, light and airy melodies… all the things that an electric guitar is not. Well, Monte Montgomery has effectively taken the acoustic guitar, and turned it into an […]

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  • Pat Metheny Does Sound Check

    Okay, this is a pretty rough informal video of Pat Metheny doing a sound check. You know, for some reason I really like these rough homemade videos… You know for sure that they’re not doctored up And it just seems so informal. Pat plays some great stuff here, and the tone of that guitar is just marvelous. This sound check was videoed  during the  Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival, way back in 2005.  Enjoy!

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  • Preston Reed: Let’s Do A Whole Set

    Preston Reed Live in Berlin:with Guitar Masters featuring Andy McKee We’ve featured Preston Reed here before at Acoustic Guitar Videos and it’s pretty obvious why we’re doing another post of him. After you watch this video, check out another Preston Reed vid here. This particular video was filmed at the Guitar Masters concert at the Astra in Berlin on 15th November 2012. Exceptional playing here, and to be included in this line up with Andy McKee, well, you have to be […]

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