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  • Javier Gonzalez: Hotel California Revisited

    Javier Gonzalez: Hotel California Revisited

    By Miche Archetto: Javier Gonzalez is an american virtuoso guitar player. According to his facebook page, he was born in Santa Clara but he is now living in Mexico, where he owns a guitar shop. He has a degree in Mathematical Physics from Harvard University. In this video he reinterpret the famous song “Hotel California” by Eagles, with a lot of virtuosity, including high speed alternate picking and sweeping. This video had more than 1 million views in 3 years. […]

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  • Assad Brother: A Moment of Pure Music

    Assad Brother: A Moment of Pure Music

    Assad Brother A Moment of Pure Love Sergio and Odair Assad perform a piece by Baiao Malandro – Egberto Gismonti   BY MARIE GULLARD “It has been written about Brazilian guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad that no amount of expectation prepares an audience for their perfectly synchronized style of musical interplay and their innovative compositions, many of which have been written by Sergio’s daughter, pianist and composer Clarice Assad. The three, along with percussionist Jamey Haddad and vocalist Christiane Karam, will perform […]

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  • Stephan Grapelli & Julian Bream Play Django Reinhardt

    Stephan Grapelli & Julian Bream Play Django Reinhardt

    Nuage St Grapelli & J Bream This is just wonderful playing here by guitarist Julian Bream and the unmistakable Stephan Grapelli on violin, who should know a little about playing with the author of this song (that would be Django Reinhardt (Nuage). “Julien Bream is a British classical guitarist and lutenist and is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century. He has also been successful in renewing popular interest in the lute. Bream was born in London and brought up in a […]

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  • Richard Smith: Extraordinary Fingerpicking

    Richard Smith: Extraordinary Fingerpicking

    Richard Smith plays “The Watkins Man” Here’s fingerpicking guitar specialist Richard Smith, “playing a Chet tune on his Stonebridge 23SR guitar at CAAS 2008″ As you can see, this vid is sort of an informal video but sometimes these are the best ones! Richard is a one man wrecking crew with his fingerpicking… and this song “The Watkins Man” really shows off what Richard is capable of in a big way.   Richard Smith Bio: Richard Smith was born in […]

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  • Tony Rice & Friends: White House Blues

    Tony Rice & Friends: White House Blues

    Here’s Tony Rice, along with Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck & Mark Schatz, performing “White House Blues.” In the YouTube description, they referred to Tony as “country guitar giant”… what? Way back when in the 40′s.. yes… bluegrass was considered country music, as they lumped it into all one category. But today, it’s bluegrass… period. This particular video shows off some great playing of course by all members of the band. I mean, who would be charged […]

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  • Alex De Grassi Turning, Turning Back

    Alex De Grassi Turning, Turning Back

    Back in the late 70′s, a new sound on the acoustic guitar was emerging…. And at the forefront of this new style and sound was guitarist Alex de Grassi. Since 78′, Alex has recorded many albums for the innovative label Windham Hill Records which are still among my favorites today. Interestingly, my mentor and friend Greg Gualtieri from Pendulum Audio had a close association with Alex. Builder of the SPS1, the rack mount design was the  world’s first rack- mounted […]

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  • Michael Winslow: Band In A VoiceBox

    Michael Winslow: Band In A VoiceBox

    Michael Winslow and Odd Nordstoga – Rocks Senkveld – Oslo, Norway This has little of nothing to do with an acoustic guitar… Well maybe a little cause there is an acoustic used in this vid. But the main focus here is on Michael Winslow… Remember that guy from “Police Academy”? You might have seen him doing standup comedy on one of those comedy shows? You can call him  ”Band In A VoiceBox” I thought this video was so entertaining and […]

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  • John King: Chopsticks

    John King: Chopsticks

    By Flip Peters: Like all ‘ukulele enthusiasts I am in awe of Jake Shimabukuro (and his brother Bruce) and their dazzling, Flamenco-like virtuosity. At the same time there is another more delicate approach to the ‘ukulele as exemplified by the late John King. King applied the 17th century technique called Campanella to the ‘uke. This technique was based on the principal of hitting successive notes on different strings, allowing the notes to keep ringing and creating a harp-like cascading sound. […]

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  • Tom Lumen: Imagine

    I have to admit that I’m used to seeing Tom Lumen really lay out some heavy duty bluesy guitar…. So this John Lennon classic “Imagine” is quite the departure for this Hungarian guitarist whose gaining a lot of popularity and recognition these days in Europe. If you are not so familiar with Tom, do check out some more of his videos here.  http://acousticguitarvideos.com/?s=Tom+Lumen You can also check out his YouTube channel for even more vids. Here’s Tom’s bio: “Tom Lumen […]

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  • Eve Beneke: Life On Bach

    J.S. Bach – Cello Suite No. 6 Prélude – Eva Beneke (guitar) This is quite the production here with this Eve Beneke video.. One thing is for sure, Eve is a seriously talented guitarist- Accuracy and soul seems to be no problem for her on this Bach Cello Suite No.6 Prelude. The video obviously was recorded separate from the actual audio performance but, it’s fun watching what Eve’s life is all about.. that is.. what she’s doing when she’s not […]

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  • Tatyana Ryzhkova: Bach on Guitar

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Sonata II BWV 1003, Allegro Here’s guitarist Tatyana Ryzhkova with the Bach Sonata II BWV… The performance here is just beautiful, well executed and soulful. You will want to watch this over and over again. Tatyana’s left hand technique is just perfect, and the sustain she gets on some of the ascending passages is just fantastic- almost reminds me of floating guitar! Here’s a short bio- you can click on the link below to read more: “Tatyana […]

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  • Ledward Kaapana: No Slacking Off Here

    Ledward Kaapana: No Slacking Off Here

      Slack Key Guitar “Opihi Moemoe” (Sleeping Shellfish) By John Hill: Known as Aloha style music from Hawaii or Hawaiian Slack Key guitar. After the Spaniards and Mexican Vaqueros left the islands in the 19th century many of the guitars they brought to the islands were given to the locals. The islanders who didn’t learn the fingerings for Standard Tuning (E,A,D,G,B,E) detuned their guitars to an open major chord by slacking the strings, thus the name. One of the most […]

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  • Benjamin Verdery: From Cello To Guitar

    Benjamin Verdery: From Cello To Guitar

      Benjamin Verdery – JS Bach: Sarabande By Miche Archetto: J.S. Bach’s music is often referred to as sort of “pure music”, meaning a music that can be played on any instrument. I agree with this point of view, and Benjamin Verdery’s transcriptions of cello suites for nylon guitar are a living proof of it. “Described as “iconoclastic” and “inventive” by The New York Times and “one of the classical guitar world’s most foremost personalities,” by Classical Guitar Magazine, Benjamin Verdery enjoys […]

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  • Andrew York: guitarist and composer

    Andrew York: guitarist and composer

      Andrew York plays Sunburst, Jubilation  By Miche Archetto Andrew York is a guitarist with a deep sense of melody and harmony. In this video he plays live his composition ”Sunburst” (AKA Jubilation), which I found very soulful and intensely played. According to his website ”York’s compositions have been recorded by guitar luminaries John Williams and Christopher Parkening, and Japanese pianist Mitsouko Kado.  As a published composer, York’s works appear in print worldwide through Alfred Publications, Hal Leonard, Mel Bay Publications, Guitar Solo […]

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  • Toninho Horta: An Influential Guitarist

    Toninho Horta: An Influential Guitarist

    Toninho Horta – Moon River – Heineken Concerts – 1999 By Miche Archetto: Tonino Ahorta is a fine Brazilian guitarist and composer that has influenced many younger musicians, including Pat Metheny, who – according to wikipedia – considers him to be “one of the world’s great ‘composers’ on nylon-string guitar”. Here Tonino interprets the famous tune “Moonriver” by Henri Mancini, giving a flavour of his sense of Harmony and his chords progressions that “defy gravity” (again Pat Metheny words). “Influential […]

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  • Erik Mongrain – One Man Show

    Erik Mongrain – One Man Show

      Erik Mongrain:Fearless- New Video Here’s a new Video by Erik Mongrain with a song entitled Fearless. The sound of his guitar is sweet for sure, and this composition is almost hypnotic that has a lot of nice chord changes and substitutions that can pass you by i you don’t listen carefully. Erik is definitely a one man show on his guitar with percussive tapping etc., BUT, he doesn’t overdo it. It’s all very tasteful… and something we’ve come to […]

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  • Gohar Vardanyan: “Armenian Guitarist”

    Gohar Vardanyan: “Armenian Guitarist”

      Gohar Vardanyan – Sonata Op. 61 – Allegro (mov.1) By Flip Peters: If you’ve never heard Gohar Vardanyan check her out. With a new CD and Mel Bay book out, she’s getting a lot of attention in the classical guitar world. She also has a series of videos called Lessonettes, sponsored by Strings by Mail, that have lots of helpful technical and practice tips. Here’s her bio: “Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States for numerous […]

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  • Robert Bowlin: Crosspickin’ it Clean

    Robert Bowlin: Crosspickin’ it Clean

      Robert Bowlin performs “Maybelle By John Hill: About the artist: Robert Bowlin (born September 22, 1956 in Pocahontas, Arkansas) is an award-winning American bluegrass and country musician. In 1978, Bowlin won second place in the National Guitar Flat Pick Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival, in Winfield, Kansas. In 1979, he won first place in the festival’s Finger Style Guitar Championship. His professional career has included stints with artists such as Maura O’ Connell, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall, […]

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