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  • Nico Di Battista: “O Sole Mio” Revisited

    Nico Di Battista: “O Sole Mio” Revisited

    By Miche Archetto: You will hardly recognize the famous Neapolitan theme “O sole mio” in this arrangement of the Italian virtuoso Nico Di Battista. It is a short video, but dense of his technical and musical skills. From his official website (only in Italian) I’ve found that Nico is both a fine guitar picker but also an acclaimed bass player. Actually he invented the DBguitar, an electric guitar with much thicker 5th and 6th strings tuned one octave below (i.e. E1 and […]

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  • Marek Pasieczny: A Talented Composer

    Marek Pasieczny: A Talented Composer

    By Miche Archetto: “Kikuidataki is the name of the smallest Bird in Japan and the World’s smallest hummingbird of its kind. The native script is “King birds”. Kikuidataki is characterized by its yellow crown crest. I strived to capture and imitate its movements through sonoristic and colouristic effects. In depicting the Japanese impression, the main melody was inspired and based on the Japanese melody “Itsuki no komuriuta” (Lullaby of Itsuki).” This is what Marek Pasieczny wrote as a comment about […]

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  • Allison Krauss and Union Station: Bluegrass At It’s Best

    Allison Krauss and Union Station: Bluegrass At It’s Best

    Over the years, we’ve all come to appreciate the talents of Allison Krauss and Union Station as one of the premiere bluegrass acts in the business. In this vid, The “Cluck Ole Hen” perhaps never sounded as good, with one stellar break from these all star players after another. Talk about a first rate performance. Some bands would just play through an old song like this but, not Allison. This is first rate- bluegrass at it’s finest! Okay….. Okay…. Okay….. […]

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  • Sabrina Vlaskalic: Serbian Virtuoso

    Sabrina Vlaskalic: Serbian Virtuoso

    By Miche Archetto: Here is the impressive interpretation by guitar virtuoso Sabrina Vlaskalic of the Macedonian traditional song “Kalajdzisko Oro”, arranged by Miroslav Tadić. The Bio on her official website reads: “One of today´s most promising guitar talents, Serbian born Sabrina   Vlaskalic (1989) started her formal music education at the age of 7. Nearly   refused at her entrance exam and labeled as “musically ungifted”, she had   choice of enrolling in the classical guitar class or not enrolling in the  […]

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  • Los Indios Tabajaras: More or less like a piano

    Los Indios Tabajaras: More or less like a piano

    By Miche Archetto: Mussapere and Herundy were respectively the 3rd and 4th son of one of the chiefs of the Tabajara indios tribe, in the northeast of Brasil. At the end of the 30′s they found in the forest a classical guitar left by some expedition. After a while they realized that it was a musical instrument and started playing it without any formal training. They decided to venture in Rio de Janeiro where they  aroused the sympathy of the […]

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  • Peter Finger: A Style All His Own

    Peter Finger: A Style All His Own

    By Miche Archetto: German guitarist Peter Finger has been playing guitar since he was 13, and published his first album “Finger Picking” in 1973, when he was 19.   According to his official website “Peter Finger has accomplished something that few people achieve in our day: the perfect harmony of virtuosity, musicality and composition. His musical cosmos is boundless, showing profound knowledge of both music history and the contemporary state of the art. The attentive listener will therefore encounter the tonal […]

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  • Chris Woods: Stolen Lines

    Chris Woods: Stolen Lines

    Here’s a new video by guitarist Chris Woods that is a serious high quality production. Last week, Chris held an online CD release party… very inventive! This is what it’s coming to, with the internet you know, a great way if you are creative to get people to attend a function without leaving the house. The quality of performance, videography and audio is just marvelous here, and in just less than a week, Chris already has over 1800 views on […]

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  • Adam Palma- Rocky Mountain

    Adam Palma- Rocky Mountain

    Adam Palma- Rocky Mountain I’m including 2 versions of this song. The first one is Adam Live at Polish Radio RDC in the A.Osiecka Studio, the 27th of June 2013 By courtesy of Polish Radio RDC Personally, I think this is a smoother and better performance but, the camera work is so distant, you just can’t see anything Adam is doing. The opening is just out of this world! The second vid is a more energetic version, so check both out. […]

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  • Django “In A Box”

    Django “In A Box”

    You know, with today’s technology, I’m surprised they haven’t built a Django robot or something.. Well, look at what Gilles Rea did… He transcribed Django’s song entitled “Tears”  … (that was the hard part) and then set it all into motion using Apple Logic Studio. He also says he uses a screen capture program but that’s just for us to watch his computer screen. If you’re a fan of Django than you absolutely know this song. What’s great is to […]

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  • Phil Keaggy: One Man Orchestra

    Phil Keaggy: One Man Orchestra

    Normally when I hear that a guy is a one man band meaning, he’s playing guitar, a hi hat with one foot, bass pedals with another… and then a lot of other things in between I think…”I don’t need to see that.” Well, this as you will see is different… very different…. Without knowing all of the little gadgets Phil is using, there’s no doubt a looper, digital delays, and reverbs are utilized here. Let’s not forget adding the shaker […]

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  • Bernard Revel: One More String

    Bernard Revel: One More String

    By Miche Archetto:  French guitar player Bernard Revel plays here his beautiful first composition for 7-string guitar. He plays a Lowden guitar with an additional lower B1 string.   According to  his official website , Bernard started playing electric rock guitar in the late 70s. In the 80s he started learning classical guitar in Barcelona and then Lute in Basel.

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  • Jake Workman: Texas Flatpicking Champion

    Jake Workman: Texas Flatpicking Champion

    We’ve featured Jake Workman here before at Acoustic Guitar Videos with some powerhouse flatpicking. I did say that I would post some more stuff from him so here goes… This vid features Jake with two songs from the 2010 Texas State Flatpicking Contest.. Round Two: Songs- Dixie Hoedown & Wheel Hoss. Jake here is a one hot lick machine- one after another… with moves that even a guy like Mark O’Connor would have to be impressed with. You kind of know after […]

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  • Vicki Genfan: “Atomic Reshuffle”

    Vicki Genfan: “Atomic Reshuffle”

    After watching a few seconds of this video you should know that Vick Genfan is one fine guitarist that incorporates many different techniques on the acoustic guitar all while doing it so tastefully. At times she sounds like Leo Kottke, and then you say, wow, she sounds like…. well…. Vicki Genfan! Very original playing for sure. And if you notice, Vicky doesn’t waist any energy at all on the guitar, and the timing is just spectacular. Bet she was working […]

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  • Beppe Capozza – Acoustic Nature Boy

    Beppe Capozza – Acoustic Nature Boy

    Here’s Italian guitarist Beppe Capozza with the Eden Ahbez composition “Nature Boy.” Beppe’s take on this sounds classical at times, jazzy for sure, and a little bit of flamenco thrown in… some really cool chord changes and voicings in his version. I wonder how much of this is improvisational and what’s mapped out? Interesting… You’d normally hear this done on a classical nylon stringed guitar, but this is steel string. Love the tone he’s getting…even though it’s obvious from the cinematography […]

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  • Michel Haumont – Pickin’ Mister Picking

    Michel Haumont – Pickin’ Mister Picking

    Michel Haumont en concert à Cuges-les-Pins, 1er décembre 2011 Ce titre est un hommage à Marcel Dadi. Don’t read French? Well, wait till you see what his bio reads like translated.. Here it is: “It is booming folk aware in 1974 that Michel Haumont, then aged 17 , his first record , the result of the American Center hootenannies and flok club he runs into his high school . Four other albums followed, until 1983 , revealing to the public […]

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  • A Younger John Williams

    A Younger John Williams

    There’s a a couple of problems with this John Williams video… 1. ITS NOT LONG ENOUGH! This shorty was taken from a DVD and that was shot in 1972 featuring John Willaims at Ronnie Scott Jazz Club (I have no idea where that is). 2. I don’t think it’s a rare guitar video anymore since it got over 100,000 views. So in the spirit of this short video, my post is gonna be even shorter!

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  • Roland Dyens: Acclaimed Professor

    Roland Dyens: Acclaimed Professor

    By Miche Archetto:   We have already featured on this site his arrangement of “Round Midnight” played by  Roman Viazovskiy and two of his compositions, one played by  Dimitri Illarionov , and another one by  Iren Arutyunyan. I’m talking about Roland Dyens, Professor of Guitar at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Here he plays his amazing arrangement of Dizzy Gilespie’s “Night in Tunisia”.   The wikipedia entry reads:  “As a performer, Dyens is known for his extraordinary capacity for improvisation. Essentially unique […]

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  • Michel Gentils: 12 String Master

    Michel Gentils: 12 String Master

    By Miche Archetto:   According to  wikipedia (available only in French), Michel Gentils moved from France to New Orleans when he was 18. There he met a friend of Leo Kottke who initiated him to the 12 string guitar. He then moved around the US to discover country music and “West Coast” music. After 4 years, when back in France in 1978, he recorded his first album “Guitare Picking”.  His second main influence came from Indian music, after he visited that […]

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  • Tommy Jones: Forgotten Virtuoso

    Tommy Jones: Forgotten Virtuoso

    By Miche Archetto: Tommy Jones passed away in 2002, when he was 47. There are a very few videos on youtube featuring his talent. According to the obituary on  this website “Tommy Jones started young and was recognized as a child prodigy by Chet Atkins and others. His debut album “Tommy’s Place” showcased his talent for a sensitive and melodic touch. Later, Chet produced “Chet Atkins presents Tommy Jones”, a landmark album. Tommy’s last 2 Cds were “Country” and “Tide […]

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  • Lawson Rollins: Speeding On the LA Freeways

    Lawson Rollins: Speeding On the LA Freeways

    Santa Anna Winds by Lawson Rollins I’m always amazed at what “goes over” great on YouTube. Either I was asleep or I wasn’t paying attention. Here’s a video by guitarist Lawson Rollins who is said to collectively have over 7 million views on YouTube. This video which features the song entitled Santa Anna Winds has over a million on its own. The song itself sounds to me like a series of scale exercises made to form a song.(think it should […]

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  • Gavino Loche: Drumming The Wall

    Gavino Loche: Drumming The Wall

    By Miche Archetto: Gavino Loche is a talented Sardinian guitarist. This video (uploaded a few days ago) is his impressive rendition of the famous song “The Wall” by Pink Floyd where he seems to play drums, bass and solo guitar at the same time. There is a short bio in English on his website, which reads: “In 2010 he won the award for the best up-and-coming Italian guitar player at the annual  A.D.G.P.A (Atkins-Dadi Guitar Player Association Italy) convention.   […]

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  • Pino Russo: Nardis

    Pino Russo: Nardis

    One of my all time favorite songs ever is Miles Davis’s composition “Nardis,” which was written in 1958 during his “Modal” period. Now here’s guitarist Pino Russo, performing Nardis on a classical guitar. Well, there’s nothing classical really about this performance except for Pino’s technique, which looks very classically disciplined. Beautiful tone that he’s getting out of the instrument as well, which makes me wonder whether or not this performance was recorded first? Here’s Pino’s Bio: “Born in 1957, a […]

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  • Michel Haumont: Elusive Guitarist

    Michel Haumont: Elusive Guitarist

    By Miche Archetto: Even though Michel Haumont is often referred on the web as one of the finest French pickers, it is not easy to find information about him. He doesn’t have any official website and any youtube channel. According to a short bio in French,  he recorded his first album in 1976, when he was 17 years old, and then he started a long career touring around the world. From  one of the facebook pages dedicated to him, I learned that he […]

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  • Newton Faulkner Hits the Hits

    Newton Faulkner Hits the Hits

    By Miche Archetto: In 2007 the first album of Newton Faulkner made No. 1 in the UK Album Chart and was certified double platinum in the UK. The key of his success was the unique mix of singing/songwriting with percussive guitar playing. Newton has been one of the pupils of Eric Roche that we featured here in a previous post. This video is a live version of his song “To the light”, which appears on his debut album “Hand Built By […]

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  • Marcel Dadi: Lamented French Fingerpicker

    Marcel Dadi: Lamented French Fingerpicker

    By Miche Archetto: Marcel Dadi was a fine French fingerpicker, who died at 44 in a flight accident in 1996. He was flying back to France after being honored at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Here is his rendition of Merle Travis’ “Saturday Night Shuffle” in the early 90s, when he appeared on the Nashville Now show. Some biographical information can be found on wikipedia: “Marcel Dadi (20 August 1951 – 17 July 1996) was a Tunisian-born Jewish French guitarist […]

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  • Gabor Lesko: Sounds Like “Little Waterfalls”

    Gabor Lesko: Sounds Like “Little Waterfalls”

    Here’s a song by Italian guitarist Gabor Lesko appropriately entitled “Little Waterfall” which features some floating guitar technique (this is the sound when the notes ring together which is similar to the sound of a harp or hammered dulcimer). This floating technique is not a new one and dates back to baroque times. Guitarists such as Chet Atkins have used this along with many classical musicians. For the steel stringed acoustic, this technique is not so popular but, more prevalent […]

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  • George Benson Plays and Gives Musical Advice

    George Benson Plays and Gives Musical Advice

    Here’s more acoustic guitar from George Benson (not the instrument you would normally hear him on). George has got a serious heavy touch here, and at times you almost feel that he is overplaying with his right hand. As far as his left hand, well.. talk about total coordination! This video is intended as a video lesson, although he’s mostly talking and giving his advice. Check out what he has to say about the blues… For this George picks up […]

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  • Paolo Sereno: Mission accomplished!

    Paolo Sereno: Mission accomplished!

    By Miche Archetto: Italian guitar player Paolo Sereno uploaded this video in March 2007. Is about his very effective arrangement of the famous “Mission Impossible” theme. This is by far the most viewed video in his youtube channel. In January 2008 Sungha Jung, then 12 years old, uploaded his version, which looks just Paolo’s arrangement played faster. Paolo’s version scored about 218,000 views, whereas Shunga’s version has about 16,900,000… The bio in his website reads: “In 1996, during the ADGPA Convention in Italy, Marcel […]

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  • Jorge Cardoso: Doctor, Composer and Guitarist

    Jorge Cardoso: Doctor, Composer and Guitarist

    By Miche Archetto: Jorge Cardoso graduated both in medicine and in music. As a composer he specialized mainly in compositions for guitar. Here is his famous “Milonga”, played by many classical guitar players around the world. Despite the altered aspect ratio, this video has a relatively good audio quality, which can make you appreciate Cardoso’s ability as guitar player. His official website is only in Spanish and French, but some biographic information can be found also on wikipedia, which reads: “Jorge Cardoso has […]

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  • Massimo Varini: Guitar and A Whole Lot More

    Massimo Varini: Guitar and A Whole Lot More

    Massimo Varini: McAlifunk Here’s guitarist Massimo Varini with a very captivating performance (you know, with the guitar and the pedals) that I really think you will enjoy. Massimo does percussive, the tapping, and a lot of really great melodic playing in this vid. The song entitled “McAlifunk” is a very cool song that you will probably want to listen to again (hey, that’s what I did). Now when I went and found his bio material, he seems to be doing […]

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