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  • Joscho Stephan & Gonzalo Bergara: Contrasting Styles

    Joscho Stephan & Gonzalo Bergara: Contrasting Styles

    What’s better than one hot guitarist? Hows about 2 hot guitarists! Joscho Stephan who has been featured many times before at Acoustic Guitar Videos is joined here by Gonzalo Bergara (yet another great Django Gypsy Jazz stylist) with the Django Reinhardt song entitled “Djangology.” What’s interesting in this performance is the contrasting styles and interpretations by both players. Joscho is a flamethrower and can seemingly do anything on the guitar whereas Gonzalo has what I consider a more sensitive take on […]

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  • Noé Reine: An Emerging Young Talent

    Noé Reine: An Emerging Young Talent

    By Miche Archetto: 14 years old Noé Reine won this year the “Young Talent Contest” in France… Do you wonder why? Just watch this video and then also this other one! If you like this video, why not sharing it with your friends?

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  • Swan Berger at 11

    Swan Berger at 11

    We’ve featured so many great guitarists here at Acoustic Guitar Videos over the last year and a half. Some of the videos got a fairly nice amount of view.. Some did really well receiving two or three thousand views… And along came this talented kid name Swan Berger that absolutely knocked it right out of the park. The last video of Swan we posted  (if you missed it, click here Swan Berger) received well over 50,000 views here at AGV.. […]

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  • Trigger: “Old and beat-up”

    Trigger: “Old and beat-up”

    By Miche Archetto: This post is first about a guitar, and then about his legendary player. Yes, I’m talking about Willie Nelson’s “Trigger”. The video is about one of the few instrumentals played by Willie: “Nuages”, by Django Reinhardt. Willie Neslon shared recently on his facebook page a beautiful article about his fascinating guitar, and commented “Trigger is like me. Old and beat up.” Following are some excerpts from that article: “The guitar—a Martin N-20 classical, serial number 242830—was a […]

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  • Sungha Jung Visits Hotel California

    Sungha Jung Visits Hotel California

    Korean guitarist and internet sensation Sungha Jung performs the Eagles “Hotel California” in what I would describe as a nice “peaceful easy feeling” (hey, it is after all and Eagles song). Sungha if you will notice does subtle embellishments rather than a lot of flash. What’s also cool is that he is keeping the strum going throughout and playing the melody along with it- even during the solo section. This video only got 6 million + viewers.. (Only 6 million???) […]

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  • Pedro, Tommy and John: Three Sultans of Swing

    Pedro, Tommy and John: Three Sultans of Swing

      By Miche Archetto: Three amazing guitar players playing a famous song. Tommy Emmanuel, John Jorgenson, and Pedro Javier González play her “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits… and they seem to enjoy it quite a lot! On youtube you can find also another video with just Tommy and Pedro playing the same song and a few other videos like this one, featuring Pedro Javier González with his trio.

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  • Samson Schmitt: Natural Talent Runs “In the Family”

    Samson Schmitt: Natural Talent Runs “In the Family”

    Couple of weeks ago Acoustic Guitar Videos featured a clip by Swan Berger, a young kid playing gypsy jazz at a level that most adults will never experience. The video went viral here with an estimate of over 30,000 viewings. If you haven’t seen that video, I highly recommend you check it out. http://acousticguitarvideos.com/4715/swan-berger-natural-talent/ Well, Swan Berger is not the only kid that plays the Gypsy Jazz style so fluently with notes running through his veins. Here’s a video of a […]

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  • John Jorgenson: An Eclectic Musician

    John Jorgenson: An Eclectic Musician

    By Miche Archetto:   Her is John Jorgenson playing “Le Jour Des Gitans” (“The Day of the Gipsies”) backed by Brad Davis. John likes to play different styles, including jazz manouche country and bluegrass.   On wikipedia you can find that “John Jorgenson (born 6 July 1956 in Madison, Wisconsin[1]) is a US musician. Although best known for his guitar work with bands such as the Desert Rose Band and The Hellecasters, Jorgenson is also proficient in the mandolin, mandocello, […]

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  • Leo Eymard plays a viola caipira

    Leo Eymard plays a viola caipira

    By Miche Archetto “The viola caipira (Portuguese for country guitar) is a ten-string, five-course guitar. Unlike most steel-string guitars, its strings are plucked with the fingers of the right hand similarly to the technique used for classical and flamenco guitars, rather than by the use of a plectrum. It is a folk instrument commonly found in Brazil, where it is often simply called viola. Resonator models are also produced.   A large number of tunings are used; open tunings are […]

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  • Gustavo Fofão: A Young Brazilian Talent

    Gustavo Fofão: A Young Brazilian Talent

    By Miche Archetto:   There is not much information about Gustavo Fofão on the internet. According to his facebook page he is from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil). Here he plays his composition “Baguerinha e Chico”, showing his tasteful mastering of fingerstyle, percussive techniques and tapping.   If you like this video don’t forget to share it with your friends.

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  • Steve Morse and Rik Emmett: Classical Duo

    Steve Morse and Rik Emmett: Classical Duo

    By Miche Archetto: Here is Steve Morse playing live with Rik Emmet in 1987, in the Much Music studios in Canada. They play “Up in the air”, originally played by Steve Morse with Steve Howe in the album ”Industry Standard” by the Dixie Dregs. During the same show they played also ”Midsummer’s Daydream”, originally in Triumph’s album “Thunder Seven”. You can watch it in this other video.

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  • Steve Morse: Acoustic Solo

    Steve Morse: Acoustic Solo

    By Miche Archetto: Even though the the guitar in this video is very much processed, I would still regard this as an acoustic performance, mainly because of the fingerpicking technique mastered here by Steve Morse. In this live performance in New York in 1992, he played three pieces   “Northern Lights”, from Dixie Dregs’ Album “Free Fall” (1977) “Picture This”, a piece compised by Steve in 1991 for a guitar compilation “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, a transcription for guitar […]

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  • RafQu: Acoustic Passion

    RafQu: Acoustic Passion

    By Miche Archetto: RafQu uploaded recently this new video on his youtube channel. This is “Homeless”, the title of his new album. We already featured RafQu in a previous post. Once again RafQu confirms the great tone he can get out of his Blueridge BR-183. Here I try to translate the bio from RafQu’s facebook page: “RafQu was born in 1985 in the province of Brindisi (Apulia, Italy). As the son of musicians, he grew up in a house where music and instruments […]

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  • Frano Zivkovic: 8 Years Old

    Frano Zivkovic: 8 Years Old

    “8yr old kid guitarist Frano Zivkovic plays Tommy Emmanuel’s Halfway Home. From album “Little By Little”, available at http://www.certifiedguitarplayer.com” I have a client in my studio watching me write this post. He just asked the question… “If you closed your eyes would you still post this video?” Good question! Well, to be honest Al, no I wouldn’t. But with eyes open, what makes this amazing is the age of Frano being able to pull this song off, and it’s not so […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel: Flatpicks Bluegrass

    Tommy Emmanuel: Flatpicks Bluegrass

    Mark Noad over at our facebook page recommended this video to me… It’s Tommy so, you know it’s better than good! I can’t really for certain tell that indeed Tommy Emmanuel is using a flatpick, but the technique and style is definitely what I’d call flatpicking, even though it has sort of an Australian sound to it!! (Hey, in this case, it’s a beautiful thing). Tommy mentioned that this original song was inspired by fiddle great Byron Berline .. someone […]

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  • Richard Capener: Tapping Out A Sweet Melody

    Richard Capener: Tapping Out A Sweet Melody

    Here’s guitarist Richard Capener with a very easy peaceful feeling original song entitled “Tiny Winks,” which is from his CD – ‘Slinky Little Lizard’. I had this song going on right after arguing about an overcharge on my credit card- it was the perfect medicine  to calm me down. I really like the Db to D note bend as part of the melody in the song. Yea it’s simple, but it’s just perfect. Seems like the tapping is just to get […]

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  • Stefano Mirandola: Taking The Guitar Out for a Walk

    By Miche Archetto: Here is the Italian guitaris Stefano Mirandola playing his original “Walking Elena”, from the Cd “My favorite tree”. Here is Stefano’s bio from his website: “Studies: at age 12 began studying classical guitar, to which he added jazz after seminars with Jim Hall, Joe Dorio and Pat Metheny, among others. In subsequent years, the artist began exploring in depth finger-picking, Brazilian and Flamenco traditions. Mirandola’s focus is on developing original guitar techniques toward an expansion of the expressive […]

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  • Django In A Box II

    Django In A Box II

    Here’s another great transcribed video by  Gilles Rea of Django’s Improvisation n 1 from 1937. Django’s playing here is just too much… in fact, Giles even slows this down half time at about 3:10 on the vid, as full speed is incomprehensible. Check out the other Django In A Box vid … that too, so amazing.  

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  • Nazzareno Zacconi: Taming 12 strings

    Nazzareno Zacconi: Taming 12 strings

    By Miche Archetto: Here is one of the last videos of Italian guitarist Nazzareno Zacconi, playing his composition “Wild Gallop” on a Eko Mia 12-string acoustic guitar.   The official website of Nazareno is only in Italian. This is a rough translation of his bio: “I was born in Macerata in 1975 and started playing guitar when I was 9. I’ve been influenced by musicians such as Santana , BB King , Hendrix , and Clapton, and bands that have marked […]

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  • Johannes Moller: All The Notes And Then Some

    Johannes Moller: All The Notes And Then Some

    This is spectacular guitar! Johannes Moller, who performs the Brouwer Sonata 3rd movement is as coordinated a guitarist as you will ever come across. His use of open strings is as good as it gets. I just wish more of you here would be able to appreciate just how great this is… seeing that it is classical… I’m afraid this post and this incredible playing will go unnoticed. After watching this, check out the vid I have included below. Here’s Johnannes […]

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  • Martha Masters: Emotion Runs Deep

    Martha Masters: Emotion Runs Deep

    I just started working on some bluegrass guitar lesson videos that I’m going to be sharing with you guys soon. So what does that have to do with GFA Winning Guitarist Martha Masters? Well, when you are performing in front of a camera, it really helps if you look like you are getting into what you are doing, rather than just be deadpan. Now Martha is anything but deadpan here… in fact, I would say that all of the emotion […]

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  • Tommy Tedesco: The most recorded guitarist in history

    Tommy Tedesco: The most recorded guitarist in history

    By Miche Archetto: Here is Tommy Tedesco jamming on a classical guitar. Guitar player magazine (where he used to have a popular column) described him as “The most recorded guitarist in history”. Also Gibson’s website described him as “The Most Famous Guitarist You’ve Never Heard Of”. It is the paradox of being a very popular session player.   On wikipedia you can find that: “Thomas J. Tedesco (July 3, 1930 – November 10, 1997) was an American master session musician and […]

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  • Dorado Schmitt – Acoustic Tone On Electric

    Dorado Schmitt – Acoustic Tone On Electric

      “Dorado Schmitt plays “Dark Eyes” at the annual Django Reinhardt Jazz festival at Samois-sur-Seine in 1994. Backed by Hono Winterstein on Rhtyhm Guitar, & the late Gino Reinhardt on Double Bass.  Dedicated to Gino Reinhardt. A lovely, friendly guy, who was happy to come and jam with us gadjos, both on guitar & bass, even though we were nowhere near his standard of playing.”   I was about to pass up on this video due to the fact that […]

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  • Richard Thompson at the Americana Festival

    Richard Thompson at the Americana Festival

    By Miche Archetto: Here is Richard Thompson performing one of his best known songs at the 2012 Americana Music Festival. “Richard Thompson was born in West London, surrounded by a family with wide musical tastes. Counted among his early influences are Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Les Paul, and Jimmy Shand. Flip the coin from his father’s jazz record collection to the early rock and roll music made available to him through his elder sister, including Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee […]

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  • Gaven Largent: Bluegrass Kid Plays Nashville

    Gaven Largent: Bluegrass Kid Plays Nashville

    “Just as classical musicians aspire to perform one day at New York’s Carnegie Hall, country and bluegrass musicians dream of playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirteen-year-old Gaven Largent will be doing just that next month. VOA’s Susan Logue caught up with him at his home in Winchester, Virginia, and prepared this profile.” We don’t get to see a performance here, just little snippets of Gaven Largent playing some guitar, banjo and dobro. Gavin was featured on local […]

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  • John Martyn: Barely Acoustic

    John Martyn: Barely Acoustic

    By Miche Archetto: One of the early influences of singer/songwriter and guitarist John Martyn has been Skip James. In 1972 John Martyn recorded his personal rendition of Skip James’ song “Devil Got My Woman“, that he entitled “ I’d Rather Be The Devil”. Even though the sound is everything but acoustic, it is interesting to listen to what it was possible to do with Echoplex and an acoustic guitar already in 1973 that is the year of this live recording at […]

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  • Ed Gerhard: Grammy Gospel

    Ed Gerhard: Grammy Gospel

    By Miche Archetto: Ed Gerhard is a Grammy award-winning guitar player, appreciated for the tone of his playing. Here is his rendition of the traditional gospel “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. According to his website “Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard captivates his audiences with virtuosity, generosity and sly humor.  Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note.  Scott Alalrik of the Boston Globe […]

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  • Al Petteway & Amy White: Acoustic Passion

    Al Petteway & Amy White: Acoustic Passion

    By Miche Archetto:   Here are Al Petteway and Amy White, partners in life and music. They both play string acoustic instruments, and in this video they perform a composition by Al called “Land of the sky”.   According to their  official website “Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic […]

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  • Swan Berger: Natural Talent

    Swan Berger: Natural Talent

    Sometimes you just got to shake your head and wonder how a “kid” is able to play this good… I mean, so I guess when he was 2 he studied and mastered the major scale… Then at 3 he worked out the minors… Then at 4 diminished.. 5 was augmented and arpeggios 6 was alt chord voicings 7 the symmetrical scale (and so on and so fourth).   Swan Berger (who looks about 10 in this video) is playing jazz at […]

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  • Macyn Taylor: Leo Kottke On A Resonator

    Macyn Taylor: Leo Kottke On A Resonator

    By Miche Archetto: Macyn Taylor is 19 years old, and two years ago she graduated in Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. In this video, uploaded more than 2 years ago, she plays the famous song “Vaseline Machine Gun” by Leo Kottke on a National Style-O resonator.   On  Macyn Taylor’s official website she wrote “My musical journey began with my Brownie troop when I was seven years old. My troop was going to have a talent show at a […]

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