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  • Richard Holzmann & Friends: Don’t Try This At Home!

    Richard Holzmann & Friends: Don’t Try This At Home!

      Richard Holzmann – Der Mühlsteinmeister   By Miche Archetto: Here is Richard Holzmann and his friends Baris Balci, Gianluca Calivà and Judith Beckedorf playing together Richard’s composition “Der Mühlsteinmeister”. Richard says that “It was a hot day and we had to sit on a metal roof ledge, which was burning its shape on our bottoms, so in view of the challenge to play this tune I hope you’ll have fun watching it.” These guys are pupils of guitarist Reentko Dirks at […]

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  • Ben Powell: DADGAD As Standard

    Ben Powell: DADGAD As Standard

      Original Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar in DADGAD (The Village by Ben Powell) More and more of our subscribers here at Acoustic Guitar videos are asking for fingerstyle guitar videos. And just when you think there’s can’t be anymore great players out there, there’s always another notable guitarist such as Ben Powell that’s made some serious noise (should call it sounds) in the acoustic guitar world. With that said, here’s his video of a song called “The Village” which features his […]

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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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  • Pierre Bensusan: Song Dedicated to Michael Hedges

    Pierre Bensusan: Song Dedicated to Michael Hedges

      “So Long Michael” Pierre Bensusan Peter Andersson who hails from Sweden recommended that I check out this video by French Guitarist Pierre Bensusan. Well, I did and here it is! Wonderful sensitive playing by Pierre for sure. YouTube Description: “So Long Michael” performed by Pierre Bensusan (www.pierrebensusan.com) in concert at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org), Takoma Park, Maryland, USA on May 23, 2012. Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar […]

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  • JJ Cale: Passes at 74

    JJ Cale: Passes at 74

      Just heard this news. Loved JJ Cale and performed a lot of his songs in the bars and clubs when I was younger.  We will miss you JJ! “Grammy-winning musician J J Cale, whose best known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with After Midnight and Lynyrd Skynyrd with Call Me the Breeze, has died. He was 74. The performer and producer’s manager Mike Kappus told The Associated Press that the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday night […]

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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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  • Chet Atkins & Jethro Burns: “Brother’s In Law”

    Chet Atkins & Jethro Burns “Gallopin’ Guitar”/ “Blackbird” The video I want you to see has the embed feature disabled. I don’t understand why anyone would do such a thing, unless they just want to limit the number of people that see the video. So after you watch video 1 which is very brief, the video I want you to see is only at Youtube. So click on this link, then please come back here and let me know what […]

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  • Cindy Cashdollar: Five Time Grammy Award Winner

    Cindy Cashdollar: Five Time Grammy Award Winner

      Cindy Cashdollar performing Oh Susanna on her National Resophonic “Cindy Cashdollar, five time Grammy Award winning dobro and slide steel guitar player, performing Oh Susanna, traditional song (public domain) by Stephen Foster, on her National Resophonic Guitar at Ray Bensons Bismeaux Recording Studio in Austin, TX on May 5th, 2010, where Cindy has recorded many times with Asleep At The Wheel, and where she chose to do an oral history interview and acoustic performance for MusicBox Projects film documentary […]

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  • Jose Feliciano: Mastering All Techniques

    Jose Feliciano: Mastering All Techniques

    Jose Feliciano – Flight of The Bumble Bee   Switching from Flatpicking to fingerpicking By Miche Archetto: Here is Puerto Rican singer and guitar virtuoso José Feliciano in his famous interpretation of the “Flight of the bumblebee” (originally composed for orchestra by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). At 1:03 he gets rid of his pick and switches to fingerpicking. José Feliciano became very popular in the 60s for his guitar playing and singing. According to his official website, he has recently embarked in a world tour. […]

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  • George Benson & Chet Atkins: They “Make it Thought the Night” Easy

    We all know how great Chet Atkins was on the guitar. And I’m sure a lot of you know the insane talents of George Benson as well. So how’s bout we put both of them together with the song “Help Me Make It Through The Night!” This of course is electric guitar playing but, I just couldn’t pass up the two of these Icons playing together. And it’s not distorto electric or electric guitar with a lot of effects. For […]

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  • Jacques Stotzem: Fingerpicking Swing Medley

    Jacques Stotzem: Fingerpicking Swing Medley

      By Miche Archetto: We have featured this Belgian player and his slide dobro playing in a previous post. Here you can enjoy his impressing fingerpicking technique and his beautiful arrangements of “All of Me” and “Sweet Georgia Brown”. The Bio on his website reads “Jacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan, China or Taiwan. Since 2006, the famous American guitar company « Martin Guitar », produces an « OMC Jacques Stotzem […]

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  • Monte & Tommy: What a Jam!

    Monte & Tommy: What a Jam!

      Tommy Emmanuel and Monte Montgomery in My six string wooden friend Soave 2010 By Miche Archetto: This is something you won’t see very often. Tommy Emmanuel and Monte Montgomery jamming in a 15th century Italian church… What a concert! In the small town of Soave from 1991 till 2012 there used to be an International guitar Festival, that was unfortunately quit this year because of lack of funds. In 2010 Tommy and Monte played together in the church of “Santa […]

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  • Jim Stafford: His Guitar is “No Laughing Matter”

    Jim Stafford: His Guitar is “No Laughing Matter”

      JIM STAFFORD “MALAGUENA” and “CLASSICAL GAS   Here’s two videos that are a lot of fun and a big surprise (I had no idea that Jim Stafford was this good of a guitarist). I mean, if you were around in the 70′s and liked country music, you would know singer/songwriter and funny man Jim Stafford, but not necessarily the guitarist Jim Stafford. You might remember the songs “Wildwood Weed” and “Spiders and Snakes?” Two giant hits for him and […]

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  • Jim Hurst: Jerry Reed Inspired Song

    Jim Hurst: Jerry Reed Inspired Song

      Here’s Jim Hurst with a song written in honor of Jerry Reed. It was recorded “live” at Red Barn Radio in the performance hall at ArtsPlace, Lexington, Kentucky. “Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know. Whether he’s flailing the rhythm for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and […]

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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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  • Guitaro5000: Live in an elevator!

    Guitaro5000: Live in an elevator!

      Best Places to Play Guitar: Elevator By Miche Archetto: Here is a funny video by NYC guitarist Guitaro5000. We featured already this guy in a previous post, showing his “can-top style”. In this video he shows his ability to promote himself through eccentric new ideas and taking “live music” everywhere. On the web I’ve found this bio “‘Guitaro5000′, aka Reginald Guillaume, is a talented and innovative American guitarist and singer/songwriter and a much in-demand performer in the tri-state area. With […]

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  • Jimmy Heffernan: Blues Stay Away From Me

    Jimmy Heffernan: Blues Stay Away From Me

      BLUES STAY AWAY FROM ME Here’s my longtime music buddy, Jimmy Heffernan with a round of “Blues Stay Away From Me,” with some backing track accompaniment. “Heff” as I call him and I have known each other and played in various bands since the early 80′s. We’ve also co-produced two dobro instructional videos at my studio (Ampersand Records USA). We both ended up in Nashville around the same time.. back in the 90′s- He played steel guitar for artists […]

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  • Vibe Strings- I Just Had To…

    Vibe Strings- I Just Had To…

    A couple of months ago I got approached by the folks at Vibe Strings to try out a set on one of my guitars. The owner of the company, Fran Gaffney said that the Vibe Strings would last longer than other brands. Yea right… Now you have to understand that I’ve tried just about every string on the market and wasn’t expecting to receive anything “special” in the mail. But here’s the kicker. .. I put on a set and […]

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  • Michael Chapdelaine Rocks with a Touch of Classical

    Michael Chapdelaine Rocks with a Touch of Classical

      Come Together – Michael Chapdelaine By Miche Archetto: Californian guitarist Michael Chapedelaine is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico. He has a strong classical background (including studies with Andrés Segovia at USC in Los Angeles), but his youtube channel includes also some original compositions and a number of cover songs. Here is his tasteful arrangement of the famous Beatles song “Come together”. According to the bio on his website “Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever […]

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  • Martin Tallstrom: “Blues Man” of Constant Sorrow

    Martin Tallstrom: “Blues Man” of Constant Sorrow

      Man of Constant Sorrow – fingerstyle guitar This guy… Martin Tallstrom… He’s a killer… Listen to this version of Man of Constant Sorrow and all of the great stuff he’s put in. Not only great playing but, check out how he’s converted this 3 chord bluegrass oldtime song into the blues! No wonder Martin Tallstrom is getting so many views on YouTube. This is what many fingerstyle guitarists aspire to play like. We’ve got some other all star vids from […]

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  • Cody Kilby: Get Down On The BG Breakdown

    Cody Kilby: Get Down On The BG Breakdown

      Bluegrass Breakdown by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder My friend Phil Wells (Country Music Historian) who recently moved back home to western Massachusetts told me a long time ago of his first experience with bluegrass music. He was out plowing the fields on a tractor when the Bluegrass Breakdown by Bill Monroe came on the radio. “Well,  I nearly had an accident,” he said with a big smile on his face. “No one had ever heard anything like that […]

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  • Bon Jovi Does Acoustic

    Bon Jovi Does Acoustic

      Bon Jovi Unplugged full concert I wouldn’t exactly call this virtuosic acoustic guitar playing but, in it’s simplicity and because it’s acoustic, I really enjoyed this Bon Jovi “Unplugged” full concert. Technically it is not unplugged but, it is acoustic guitars with pickups. The problems that would be involved with trying to mic the acoustics with this full band would not be worth the trouble – a nightmare for sure for the sound engineer. Basically once you add drums, […]

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  • Historic Martin Tenor Guitars

    Historic Martin Tenor Guitars

      Dick Boak on historic Martin tenor guitars, part 1 of 2 My jazz guitar buddy Larry Maltz sent me this link to this video (thanks Larry, looking forward to getting together soon). It’s about the vintage Martin Tenor Guitars with Dick Boak, who has been a fixture at Martin for as long as I’ve been visiting there. The Martin Factory which is in Nazareth Pennsylvania, is only a hop, skip and a jump from my location in western New […]

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  • John James- Blues For Felix

    John James- Blues For Felix

      Blues For Felix – John James – Acoustic fingerpicking jazzy-blues instrumental By Jim Weaver: Since AGV posted John James “Twelfth Street Rag”  I thought I would post his interpretation of Charlie Byrd’s “Blues for Felix”. Until I read the YouTube post on this, I did not know that JJ is Welsh and reportedly lives not far from the famous village Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychllwyndrwmbwl­lllantisiloigogogoch. (Like me you should copy and paste that unless you are Welsh and know it is wrong). His […]

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  • Arthur Smith & Don Reno: Give These Pickers the Credit

    Arthur Smith & Don Reno: Give These Pickers the Credit

      Don Reno & Arthur Smith – Feudin Banjos (Dueling Banjos) (1955) Thanks go to Terry Schafer over at our facebook page for shared this video of banjoist Don Reno (3 finger style) and Arthur Smith (tenor banjo). Now you go back to 1955 and you think, how hot were the players back then? Well, just as hot as anyone now. Every generation has their list of hot players, and Don Reno and Arthur Smith definitely qualify amoungst their generation. This as […]

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  • Michael Hedges- Leader of The Pack

    Michael Hedges- Leader of The Pack

      Michael Hedges – Rickover’s Dream Jason Christian over at our facebook site wrote the following: “Where is a good place to start learning some Michael Hedges style techniques? I’ve been watching youtube videos of him but I’m looking for breakdowns or demos of some of the things he did. And just because I brought it up, here’s a video:” Well the answer to that question was provided by AGV writer John Hill : “Go to YouTube and type “micheal hedges […]

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  • Eric Tingstad: A Rare Video Appearance

    Eric Tingstad: A Rare Video Appearance

    Eric Tingstad: performing at the 2013 Durango Songwriter’s Expo in Santa Barbara, California. By John Hill: This is one of the few performances where you actually see Eric Tingstad playing. Some of his best work {my opinion} are audio only with scenic vistas for the video portion). “Eric Tingstad (born December 16, 1954) is an American Grammy Award-winning multi-genre record producer, musician and songwriter/composer. He was born and raised in Seattle, WA where he currently resides. He attended Western Washington University where he was […]

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  • Lawson Rollins: “How Fingers Work”

    Lawson Rollins: “How Fingers Work”

      Latest Video! Lawson Rollins, guitar – “Locomotion” By John Hill: Lawson Rollins is an American guitarist and composer from North Carolina noted for his virtuoso fingerstyle technique and melodic compositional skills featured in his recordings. His music spans a wide range of genres but is generally classed as Latin Jazz and World Music, with elements of Samba, Bossanova, Middle Eastern music, Classical guitar, Flamenco and Shred guitar added to the mix. He often employs extremely fast minor scales and diminished scale solo runs to his compositions […]

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