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  • Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic: A Unique Guitar Duo

    Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic: A Unique Guitar Duo

    “The Imposter” is a song composed by guitarist Andreas Kapsalis Wow. What a way to start out 2014! This guitar duo of Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic was difficult for me to put a category to, cause it is a combination of a lot of different styles mixed together- certainly this is very unique and musical. I was blown away by this composition and had to listen to it over and over. Just great! “Cheers2011 Canadian Guitar Festival The Andreas Kapsalis & […]

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  • Maneli Jamal – Homespun (2013)

    Here’s something beautiful to leave you with for 2013- A cut from guitar extraordinaire Maneli Jamal with a song entitled “Homespun.” “Having been raised in an artistic family that couldn’t always live luxuriously, I’ve always had the mentality of living humbly within my means, not taking anything for granted. Home has always been where the art and music is. This is the story of ‘Homespun’. “The Lamaj Movement” – May 2012, features 12 original compositions based on my nomadic life […]

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  • Emma McGann : New Year’s Eve Kiss

    Emma McGann : New Year’s Eve Kiss

    One of the smartest things to do as a songwriter is write a seasonal song.. Hey, every year it comes back… and if it wasn’t something that took off at first, perhaps with some better press and a little luck things can change for the next year. Now I don’t know if this is what singer/songwriter Emma McGann is thinking here, but  this is a nice production that is more acoustic and something I thought a lot of you would […]

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  • Frank Vignola & Joscho Stephan – “Minor Swing”

    Frank Vignola & Joscho Stephan – “Minor Swing”

    By Jim Weaver: Those who follow AGV posts know that Eddie Lang is one of my favorite guitarists from the 1920′s and early ’30′s, along with Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Geeshie Wiley and Lonnie Johnson .  Eddie was an Italian-American from Philadelphia who died from a botched tonsillectomy in 1930.  By the time of his death he had recorded with Louis Armstrong, blues great Lonnie Johnson, pop music diva and movie star Ruth Etting, and crooner Bing Crosby.  It […]

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  • Alvaro Pierri plays Live On Japanese TV

    Alvaro Pierri plays Live On Japanese TV

    Julia Florida written by Agustin Barrios In the mood for beautiful guitar playing? Well this indeed fits the profile. Alvaro Pierri is featured here in a live concert setting that was broadcast on Japanese television. No mention by the uploader as to where or when the concert took place. Here’s some bio material that will help fill in the blanks: “Alvaro Pierri is internationally acclaimed as a leading personality in the world of the guitar. Press reviews around the world […]

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  • Remembering Jack Rose

    Remembering Jack Rose

    By Miche Archetto: Jack Rose died from heart attack on December 5 2009. This video has been uploaded on youtube 4 years later to remember his music. It was taken in Philadelphia in March 2009. There Jack played “Kensington Blues and “The World Has Let Me Down”. Here is some information about Jack Rose from wikipedia: “Jack Rose (October 16, 1971 – December 5, 2009)[1] was an American guitarist originally from Virginia and later based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rose is best […]

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  • Martin Talstrom: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    Martin Talstrom: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    By Jim Weaver: Here is a video from Martin Talstrom’s home page.  Tab is available.  The song named here is familiar to all by its Americanized name. According to Wikipedia, “Mbube“, now known as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight“, also known as “Wimba Way” or “Wimoweh“, is a song written and recorded by Solomon Lindaoriginally with the Evening Birds (Song by Solomon Linda originally titled just “Mbube”),[1]for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. Originally composed only in IsiZulu, it was adapted and covered […]

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  • Leo Brouwer: Guitar Orchestra

    Leo Brouwer: Guitar Orchestra

    We’ve been featuring a lot of solo guitarists who are able to play multiple parts on guitar to fill things up as a soloist. Hey, why hire someone else when you can do it all yourself? Yea, some guitarists are even using Digital Loopers to be able to create a part and record it instantly on stage, then play it back…  play yet  another part over it like a lead guitar or even more rhythm. Well how about this for […]

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  • Jiyeon Kim: A young Korean virtuoso

    Jiyeon Kim: A young Korean virtuoso

    By Miche Archetto: Here Jiyeon Kim shows her skills with a transcription for guitar of Paganini’s Capriccio No. 24. Quite an amazing performance. According to her youtube channel,  Jiyeon presently lives in Philadelphia, where she is currently studying with David Starobin and Jason Vieaux at the Curtis Institute of Music.

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  • Christoffer Brandsborg: “Blood Theme”

    Christoffer Brandsborg: “Blood Theme”

    By Miche Archetto: We featured already 18 years old Norwegian guitarist Christoffer Brandsborg in a previous post. There he was tapping an original composition, here instead he plays the “Blood Theme” from the TV show “Dexter”, arranged very nicely by Eddie Van Der Meer. Here is the bio taken from his official website: “My full name is Christoffer Ingvardsen Brandsborg. I was born 03.03.1995 in Kristiansand, Norway.  I started playing guitar when I was approximately 12, when I got my […]

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  • Mike Keneally: Tribute to Frank Zappa

    Mike Keneally: Tribute to Frank Zappa

    By Miche Archetto: Here is a great live performance of Mike Keneally, polystrumentist and former “stunt guitarist” of Frank Zappa. He plays a rendition of “Inca Roads” by Zappa, beating hard his acoustic guitar. At the end he also brilliantly faces the problem with a broken string: what a showman! “Michael Joseph Keneally (born December 20, 1961) is an American guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and composer. Allmusic says: “With his wide-ranging talents and ability to be creative in almost any musical […]

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  • Jacob Johnson: Where No Folk Song Has Gone Before

    Jacob Johnson: Where No Folk Song Has Gone Before

    Want to thank “Judith Koepnick” for sending this vid of guitarist/singer/songwriter/ showman Jacob Johnson, who is a high energy performer that uses a wide array of styles and combines them in his songs. This particular song entitled “Waitress” starts out as a singer/.songwriter folk style song and builds into a multiple looping session with perhaps as many as 4 guitar loops going on all at once. But wait…. and besides rhythm pattern loops, Jacob also includes multiple lead guitars (and […]

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  • Pat Metheny: What’s It All About

    Pat Metheny: What’s It All About

    By Miche Archetto: Here is Pat Metheny introducing his solo album “What’s It All About”, his first album where there is not a single Metheny composition represented. Like his other acoustic album “One Quiet Night”, it is recorded at home. The video is quite interesting because Pat talks about his special ADGCEA tuning of his baritone guitar, that is almost the same as a standard tuning but tuned down a fifth. However the 3rd and 4th are restrung and tuned one […]

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  • Nathan Clark George: Advent, The Birth of Jesus

    Nathan Clark George: Advent, The Birth of Jesus

    It’s Christmas time again and as I did last year, I wanted to feature something acoustic that you may not have heard that is definitely worth a listen. Here’s vocalist/guitarist Nathan Clark George with the song  ”Remember O Thou Man.” Nathan has what I call a “pure natural” sounding voice, and this rendition which also features mandolin and bass is just so moving. The emotion level here is undeniable- easily now my favorite version of this song. My only regret is, […]

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  • Wim Den Herder & Joscho Stephan: Jammin’ and having fun

    Wim Den Herder & Joscho Stephan: Jammin’ and having fun

    By Miche Archetto: Here are the Dutch guitarist Wim Den Herder and German guitarist Joscho Stephan jamming together. They start with the piece called “Meteoriet Deluxe”, and then go wilder and wilder improvising to different famous themes. These two guys seem really to enjoy while playing! We have already featured Wim and Joscho in several previous posts: just use the “Search” tool here on the right and put their name. If you like this video, why don’t you share it […]

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  • On stage with Tommy: A dream Becomes True

    On stage with Tommy: A dream Becomes True

    By Miche Archetto: When in May 2013 Tommy Emmanuel gave a concert in Zagreb (the capital of Croatia), he asked the local child prodigy Frano Živković to join in him on stage to play together Tommy’s “Halfway Home”.  It is unbelievable to see how Frano is comfortable with playing in front of this audience with his guitar hero. On youtube there is also a video of this amazing duo playing backstage, presumably before the concert. If you enjoyed these videos, don’t […]

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  • Dan C Holloway: Fingerstyle Covers

    Dan C Holloway: Fingerstyle Covers

    By Miche Archetto: Dan Holloway has more than 100 videos on his youtube channel, all covers of famous tunes arranged for fingerstyle guitar. He shared his rendition of “What a wonderful world” on our facebook page.

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  • Tony Rice: Melody In Focus

    Tony Rice: Melody In Focus

    Here’s a video by Tony Rice featuring a breakdown of how he plays the Red Haired Boy, a traditional song that anyone who has flatpicked usually knows how to play. What’s cool about this vid is getting the chance to watch very closely what Tony is doing both left and right hand. Now flatpicking has evolved … even in the last 15 years. There’s so many younger talented guitarists that have taken what Tony has done and expounded on it. […]

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  • Chris Woods: A Tone Poet

    Chris Woods: A Tone Poet

    By Bob Harris: Way back before this Acoustic Guitar Video website, I watched a Chris Woods Video that was recommended by a friend. He said “Check out this guy, you won’t believe it.” Well, my friend was right, and I though… wow, this guy uses the whole guitar in a very powerful way. In this video, this soothing composition of “Union” has it all, the technical skills, the melody, the “Groove”, and full of  emotion.  I simply had to watch […]

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  • Will Brown: Tapestries of Sound

    By Miche Archetto: We featured already Will Brown in a previous post. Recently he shared the video of his composition “Skyline” on our facebook page. Will makes use of both traditional and modern techniques without overdoing it. In his official website I’ve found that: “Will Brown is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. He writes solo instrumental music, and his unique style blends modern fingerstyle approaches, such as alternate tunings, tapping, and percussive playing, with the more traditional approaches of fingerstyle blues, country, and folk. He […]

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  • Gabriella Quevedo: Classical Gas

    Gabriella Quevedo: Classical Gas

    By Miche Archetto: We already posted a video by Swedish young talent Gabriella Quevedo this year. A few weeks ago she uploaded a new youtube video where she plays Tommy Emmanuel’s arrrangement of “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams. Great interpretation here, even more impressive if you think that she is only 16 years old!

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  • Andrés Chiu: Fingerstyle From China

    Andrés Chiu: Fingerstyle From China

    By Miche Archetto: The young Chinese guitarist Andrés Chiu shared on our facebook page his cover of “Orelia” by Ryan Keen. Quite a good one! I find it interesting that we are starting to see more and more singer/songwriters performing what I would call an added complexity of guitar backing behind their vocal. Used to be that a singer/songwriter only just had to “get by” with their guitar, let the vocal and song provide the majority of sound. Andres definitely […]

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  • Punit Garg: Smooth and Melodic

    Punit Garg: Smooth and Melodic

    By Miche Archetto:   Punit Garg shared on our facebook page his rendition of a song called “Manmarziyan”, taken from the soundtrack of a movie. Don’t expect anything fancy, but a smooth playing with a beautiful tone. Punit is from Mumbai, India, and he is the guitarist of the band “Anivaarya”.

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  • A Young Leo Kottke

    A Young Leo Kottke

    By Miche Archetto: Here is an old video of Leo Kottke playing live on the German TV show “Rockpalast” in 1977. He plays two pieces from his famous album “6- and 12-String Guitar” (1969). One is a 12-string guitar transcription of “”Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, the last movement of Bach’s cantata BWV 147. The second piece is called “Jack Fig”. Rockpalast (Rock Palace) is a German music television show that broadcasts live on German television station Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). […]

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  • Phil Keaggy: Perfect Mix of Melody and Virtuosity

    By Miche Archetto: Thanks to John Myers for sharing this video of Phil Keaggy on our facebook page. He commented “It’s hard not to enjoy the mix of melody and virtuosity.” Yes, that’s absolutely right! We already featured Phil music in this video, this other one and also this one.’ If you like this videos, don’t forget to share them with your friends!

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  • Robert Gräfe: Another Young German Talent

    Robert Gräfe: Another Young German Talent

    By Miche Archetto: Robert Gräfe shared this video on our facebook page. I didn’t find much about him, but that he is 23 years old, he is from Germany and he is the singer and guitar player of the rock group Diemantik.

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  • Baobu Badulu: A Taiwanese Talent

    Baobu Badulu: A Taiwanese Talent

    By Miche Archetto: Bread (李瑋琦) shared this video on our facebook page. Here is Baobu Badulu (保卜), a Taiwanese guitarist playing his composition called “When he was 18 or 19″. I’ve found some information on Baoubu’s official website “Baobu Badulu is an aboriginal fingerstyle guitarist based in Taiwan. He excels at expressing his feelings through guitar. With a bashful smile, he speaks honestly with the air of how a curious child views the world. His strong sense of curiosity makes Baobu’s […]

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  • Big Joe Williams: 9-string blues

    Big Joe Williams: 9-string blues

    By Miche Archetto: Big Joe Williams created this almost-electric guitar from an acoustic. He added not only a rudimentary pick-up, but also 3 more strings, doubling 1st, 2nd and 4th string. According to wikipedia: “His guitar was usually tuned to Open G, like such: (D2 G2 D3D3 G3 B3B3 D4D4), with a capo placed on the second fret to set the tuning to the key of A. During the 1920s and 1930s, Williams had gradually added these extra strings in order […]

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  • Elizabeth Cotten: A left handed guitarist

    Elizabeth Cotten: A left handed guitarist

    By Miche Archetto: Elizabeth Cotten was left handed, and started playing guitar upside-down, resulting in a very original style. In this video she plays ”Spanish Flang Dang” and “A Jig”. The video was recorded on the “Guitar, Guitar” TV show in 1969. Here is her bio from wikipedia  “Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (January 5, 1893 – June 29, 1987) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter. A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style. Her approach involved using a […]

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  • Etta Baker: 90 years of Playing

    Etta Baker: 90 years of Playing

    By Miche Archetto: Here is Etta Baker playing “Carolina Breakdown” and then showing how to play it. She has played guitar for 90 years, since she was 3 years old. Here is her bio found on wikipedia “Etta Baker (March 31, 1913 – September 23, 2006) was an American Piedmont blues guitarist and singer from North Carolina, United States. She was born Etta Lucille Reid in Caldwell County, North Carolina, of African American, Native American, and European American heritage. She […]

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