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  • Tim Rose: The History of “Hey Joe”

    Tim Rose: The History of “Hey Joe”

    Here is an interesting video of Tim Rose in 1997. First he briefly explains where the song “Hey Joe” came from and how Jimi Hendrix heard it from him. Then he plays his original acoustic version.   Beside Tim Rose’s bio, on wikipedia you can find that there is a bit of controversy about the origin of this song: “In 1966, he was getting a lot of airplay with his single of “Hey Joe”. It was copyrighted in 1962 by […]

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  • David Brown Murray- No Need For A Fancy Set

    David Brown Murray- No Need For A Fancy Set

    Lilly, who is one of our members of the Acoustic Guitar Video Newsletter wrote in with the following… “Just wondering, have you come across David Brown Murray, from Belfast?  I think you’d like him.” Yes, Lilly, I think I do like him and thank you for the referral! Here’s a piece entitled “Propane Nightmares” which is David Brown Murray’s most popular video on his YouTube channel… receiving more than 85,000 views… wow…!! And you will notice that this is not some […]

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  • Nuno Bettencourt: Acoustic Experiment

    Nuno Bettencourt: Acoustic Experiment

    Nuno Bettencourt is a fine electric guitarist, well known for being one of the founders and leaders of the hard-rock band Extreme. Here he plays “Midnight Express” on a semi-acoustic guitar. I’ve found most of this performance quite convincing, but the fast parts where Nuno picks the strings in a very shallow manner, producing an annoying scratching noise. Probably this effect is also enhanced by a bad equalization of the guitar. Anyway, his impressing picking technique, that works perfectly with […]

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  • Antonello Fiamma: Beautiful music in a wonderful location

    Antonello Fiamma: Beautiful music in a wonderful location

    Antonello Fiamma is a 22 years old guitar player living in Matera, which is the wonderful town you can see in this video. He plays here his fingerstyle composition “Home sweet home”, that he composed while he was far away from his hometown. On his youtube channel, Antonello uploaded also this other video of another composition called “Abbracciami”, based on some more percussive techniques. http://youtu.be/Nzk1Eu3TN3s By Miche Archetto

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  • Larry Williams -Homecoming

    Larry Williams -Homecoming

    Here’s guitarist Larry Williams with a piece entitled “Homecoming,” which is a very nice well written song. (reminds me of something I’d like to play). The video was obviously shot in Larry’s house and the sound is not so good but, you do get the point. This song is a solo guitar version of “Homecoming” from Tales of Wilmon. Heres’ Larry William’s self written bio: I am a composer/songwriter/guitarist/EWI-ist/percussionist/vocalist. The trumpet carried the first part of my musical life (from childhood) […]

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  • Paolo Murillo Presents His Debut Album

    Paolo Murillo Presents His Debut Album

    Here is the young Chilean guitarist Paolo Murillo presenting his debut album “Chileno”. I couldn’t find much information about him, but that he is from Concepcion, that he is self-taught, and he started to play acoustic guitar in 2011. From what I see in his youtube channel, one of his guitar heroes is for sure Tommy Emmanuel… For example in this other video he plays Tommy’s arrangement of “Michelle” by The Beatles. http://youtu.be/hDebmO8rxd0 Don’t forget to share the video you […]

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  • Russ Barenberg: Celtic Departure

    Russ Barenberg: Celtic Departure

    When we last looked at a video featuring Russ Barenberg (“St. Anne’s Reel”), the statement was made that his flatpicking style utilized the fingers of his right hand to add body and richness to the standard bluegrass style.  While not a unique approach, as pickers like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, among others, have performed songs with this approach, Russ is particularly good at it. This video, part of the same Transatlantic Sessions that also produced “St. Anne’s Reel”, shows […]

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  • A young Vicente Amigo

    A young Vicente Amigo

    Spanish guitarist Vicente Amigo is one of the most acclaimed living flamenco players. In this video he plays his beautiful composition “Tio Arango”, showing all his musical taste and technical skills. The song was first recorded in his first album “De mi corazón al aire” (1991). Here is also a previous AVG post about Vicente. By Miche Archetto

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  • Brad Richter: Who needs Castanets

    Brad Richter: Who needs Castanets

    “Elation” The Artist: Bradley Nathan Richter (born August 9, 1969) is an American classical guitarist. He currently lives in Arizona with his wife Kerstin and their two children. He began teaching himself to play his guitar at the age of 12. At age 18, having had no formal musical training, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago where he began performing, composing, and eventually teaching professionally. After completing his undergraduate degrees in performance […]

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  • Beppe Capozza Album In The Making

    Beppe Capozza Album In The Making

    Here’s guitarist Beppe Capozza with a preview to his new album due to be released sometime this 2014. This is a live video that was recorded at his home studio (I don’t know if this is the exact version of the album release however)… The album which is entitled “Outrage” will  be released by Believe Digital Worldwide Platforms,  which is the American association for independent artists. This song  is entitled “Late understanding” (2014)    

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  • Mance Lipscomb: It’s Never Too Late

    Mance Lipscomb: It’s Never Too Late

    This video is part of the performances that were video-taped at the University of Washington in the late 60′s in association with the Seattle Folklore Society. It features Mance Lipscomb singing some of his songs with his guitar… and a bandaged finger! Here is what you can find about him on wikipedia: “Lipscomb was born April 9, 1895 to an ex-slave father from Alabama and a half Native American (Choctaw) mother.[2][3] Lipscomb spent most of his life working as a tenant […]

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  • Adrian Legg: Voted Best Acoustic Fingerstyle

    Adrian Legg: Voted Best Acoustic Fingerstyle

    Readers of Guitar Player voted Adrian Legg the “best acoustic fingerstyle player” four years in a row (1993–1996). Do you wonder why? Check this video, where he plays “Cajun Interlude”, using tuners on all strings, bendings, harmonics… The result is a sound completely different. The video is an excerpt from the DVD “Fingerstyle Guitar: New Dimensions & Explorations, Vol. One“. Readers of Guitar Player voted Adrian Legg the “best acoustic fingerstyle player” four years in a row (1993–1996). Do you […]

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  • Jason Carter: Harp guitar with a bow

    Jason Carter: Harp guitar with a bow

    Here is a very impressing exploitation of an harp guitar by Jason Carter, using also a bow. It is a rendition of the famous composition “Finlandia”, by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). You can read a short bio and the full CV of Jason on his official website. By Miche Archetto

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  • Guyy Lilleyman: Australian Nation Busking Champion

    Guyy Lilleyman: Australian Nation Busking Champion

    Here is the emerging Australian guitarist Guyy Lilleyman playing live his composition “United” on a 12 string guitar. This is the bio from his offical website: “Guyy is a new face to hit the music scene in 2013. Born in tropical Queensland and raised in Canberra, Guyy began playing guitar from a young age – learning his first chords from his Father and a family friend from his street. Guyy continued learning for 8 years before resigning from his full time job […]

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  • Bernard Revel: Beautiful “Old Style” Guitar

    Bernard Revel: Beautiful “Old Style” Guitar

    Here’s some amazing fingerstyle by guitarist Bernard Revel, who just seems to have that magic touch on his guitar… Oh, did I say guitar.. well not quite… at least with the tuning- read this description: “This composition sounds like an Italian “Gaillard” played on a renaissance lute in the early sixteenth century. The tuning of my guitar is the same as the lute (EADF # BE capo2). This is the last peice of a “Suite” dedicated to Hopkinson Smith, my […]

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  • Oscar Mendez: Lone Spirit (Live) – Gilberto Alzate Avendaño 2013

    Fingerstyle guitarist Oscar Mendez is perhaps in a class by himself in his country of Columbia Yea, there’s a lot of other styles of guitar but Oscar as far as I (and he) knows, is probably the only one doing anything like this. This is a live performance of Oscar that I think sounds even a little better than his recording!  (that means he keeps getting better!)> After listening to this song, stay tuned as this is from Oscar’s YouTube […]

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  • Tommy and Phil Emmanuel: Brother’s in Rhythm

    Here’s the Youtube description: “Tommy and Phil giving a clinic in France in 2001. They play “Guitar Boogie” and demonstrate the importance of listening to each other when you play together.” Now that’s what I call communication! Doesn’t hurt that they’re brothers…. After the Guitar Boogie is over, Tommy talks a little about what he concentrates on while his brother is soloing, mainly staying in a different register to complement what the other player is doing. Hey, great advice and, […]

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  • Ale. luja: Relaxing Acoustic

    Ale. luja: Relaxing Acoustic

    Okay, I’m not going to say that this is some amazing video like something you will see from Tommy Emmanuel, but after hearing a ton of notes, I found this video by Ale. luja to be quite nice and easy to listen to- very relaxing. I had a difficult time finding any bio material on Ale. luja so, I hope this  rough translation from Italian of the video description will suffice: “It ‘s the video shot by MIRAVIDEO of my new […]

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  • Blake Noble – 12-string “Lap Tap”

    Blake Noble – 12-string “Lap Tap”

    Here’s a live performance by 12 string “lap tap” guitarist Blake Noble with a piece entitled Bundjalung. As you can hear and see, Blake is really taking it to the audience, which isn’t so easy for anyone to do with just a guitar. Blake who has incredible timing, definitely leans on the side of percussion with the guitar- playing it like musical bongos. Some of you may think this is not what the guitar is supposed to do but…. fact […]

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  • Sotos Bakas – More than just a Ray of Hope

    Sotos Bakas – More than just a Ray of Hope

    Here’s some fine guitar playing by guitarist Sotos Bakas, who is now living in the Netherlands, and the author of  this piece entitled ’Ray of Hope’ . The Youtube description says it has “no overdubs,” that of course would be referring to the audio recording. (I hope you know or can surmise that the video and audio didn’t happen at the same time (no way,  as you wouldn’t hear nature in the background and… where’s the guitar cable?) If you are […]

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  • Antonio Calogero: Unexpected Summer

    Antonio Calogero: Unexpected Summer

    Here’s guitarist Antonio Calogero who was featured in the March issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine with a piece entitled “Unexpected Summer” (which I can tell you we are not having in New Jersey today). This piece features a lot of the modern guitar techniques such as tapping, percussive, but also has a good amount of fingerstyle to back it all up. I’m also liking the fact that this recording which was made in San Francisco, was live without any overdubs or […]

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  • Michael Stark on a baritone guitar

    Michael Stark on a baritone guitar

    Michael Stark shared this video on our facebook page. It shows his rendition of ”It Was a Very Good Year” by Ervin Drake on a baritone guitar with F# A E A C# F# tuning. “”It Was a Very Good Year” is a song composed by Ervin Drake in 1961 for and originally recorded by Bob Shane of The Kingston Trio. It was subsequently made famous by Frank Sinatra’s version in D-minor, which won the Grammy Award for Best Male Vocal Performance,in […]

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  • Davide Sgorlon: Touching on Harmonics

    Davide Sgorlon: Touching on Harmonics

    The Artist: Davide Sgorlon-Contemporary Acoustic Guitar. Other than he is Italian, I have been able to find little Bio material (in English). His basic idea is to go beyond the traditional concept of acoustic guitar playing and use new performance techniques on the instrument to expand the tonal and expressive potential. He is a guitarist, composer, movie maker and sound engineer mixing for film and television. Most of his compositions and performance are for theatre. In 2013 he released his […]

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  • Chet Atkins With The Bluegrass All Stars

    Chet Atkins With The Bluegrass All Stars

    Chet Atkins, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor, David Grisman, and Rob Wasserman Limehouse Blues This of course is an all star line up which features all the above performers starting from left to right with Grisman all the way down to Jerry Douglas. The vid fades out before Rob Wasserman’s bass solo… I have no idea why you would fade this out before the song is over? The rendition is anything but Gypsy Jazz style… it’s a […]

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  • Frank Crespo: Tapping a Message in a Bottle

    Frank Crespo: Tapping a Message in a Bottle

    Spanish guitarist Frank Crespo shared this video on our our facebook page. It is his rendition of “Message in a bottle” by Police. The audio is not the best quality,  but still it is an interesting recording. I didn’t find any biographical information about Frank, but that he studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. By Miche Archetto

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  • Guitare Vibration: Looking for a label

    Guitare Vibration: Looking for a label

    Guitare Vibration shared this video called “Vibration Theme” on our facebook page. I couldn’t find any biographical information about this French guitar player. Anyway, the description on his youtube channel reads “GuitareVibration is a project of composition on acoustic guitar. I would like to submit my music for record label consideration. I’m based in SAint Malo France and looking for partners to support me in that project: musicians ( singer, flutist ….), Recording Studio, luthiers, music school…. A key word: FUN […]

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  • David Grier: Capos Up The Blackberry Blossom

    David Grier: Capos Up The Blackberry Blossom

    Here’s a video that was filmed at David Grier’s solo concert at the IBMA 2008 in Nashville. If you are familiar with this song Blackberry Blossom, you know it’s in the key of G and not played in A like David is doing it here. So why would he do such a thing? Well to be honest, I can’t really think of a very good reason, other than just perhaps it might be a little easier to play? Another likely reason […]

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  • Naudo Rodrigues: Reinventing the Hits

    Naudo Rodrigues: Reinventing the Hits

    Naudo Rodrigues comes from Brazil but lives in the Canary Islands. He uploaded more than 160 videos on his youtube channel, most of them covers of famous songs. The most popular videos are called “REMIX” and feature the greatest hits of a given famous musician. Here is his “REMIX” of Eric Clapton. According to the description of the video, this is a partial improvisation. I didn’t find much biographic information about Naudo, but that his previous youtube channel, with more […]

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  • Darren Hodge: A Star In The Making

    Darren Hodge: A Star In The Making

    Here is 17 years old British guitarist Darren Hodge playing live “Cannonball Rag” by Merle Travis. Darren started playing guitar only 5 years ago and he has already published his first album, which includes both covers and original compositions. This is the bio from his reverbnation page: “Darren Hodge is a young man who although only seventeen is regarded by his peers as one of the top young guitarists in the country. after picking up his first guitar only five years […]

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  • Axel Schultheiss: Ethereal Performance

    Axel Schultheiss: Ethereal Performance

    Here’s guitarist Axel Schultheiss from Germany with a song entitled “Magic Hour” which features a fingerstyle guitar performance that I think a lot of you here will appreciate. Yea there’s some fast phrases and lines here, but mostly Axel’s creation of a mood which is very ethereal takes center stage. “filmed live in concert at Kelterkonzerte, Ellmendingen on November 9th, 2013 www.axelschultheiss.de live version of this composition which was originally released on my album “on wings” (ozella music) Goodall RS with […]

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