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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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  • The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly “The Ukes perform Ennio Morricone’s classic, from the DVD ‘Anarchy in the Ukulele’, available to buy fromhttp://www.ukuleleorchestra.com Another upload of exactly this clip received over 2 million views, but was mistakenly deleted in early 2010.” Roger Bryan dropped me a note and said the following: “Are you familiar with the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain? I especially like their rendition of “The Good, The Bad And […]

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  • Bert Jansch: Magical  Concert

    Bert Jansch: Magical Concert

    This is a LONG one but a magic concert.. Bert Jansch – 60th birthday concert   By Nick Campling: Make a cup of coffee, pour a glass of wine or whatever you fancy and settle down for an hour of great guitar from the UK. This video celebrates the 60th birthday of one of the pioneers; the late Bert Jansch. “Bert Jansch, legendary songwriter and guitarist, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. Since […]

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  • Hayseed Dixie: Bluegrass Band Performs Bohemian Rhapsody

    Hayseed Dixie: Bluegrass Band Performs Bohemian Rhapsody

     The Bohemian Rhapsody (by Queen) is definitely one of the most popular rock pop songs that is considered an Anthem of sorts. Now here’s a rendition of the song done Bluegrass style that my pal Fed Robbins found and turned me on to. Besides all of the comedic value, the performance here is very good as well… Apparantly a lot of people thought so too- over a million views on YouTube. “Formed in 2001 with the release of their first […]

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  • Ricky Scaggs: Mixing Classical With Bluegrass

    Ricky Scaggs: Mixing Classical With Bluegrass

    This song “Road to Spencer” is not what I’d call a typical bluegrass song (more Celtic style) but the bluegrass and Celtic are close cousins for sure. Now I have no idea where this was filmed, who the conductor is, nor the orchestra as there is no description available. But it is Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder… so if you know any further details about this concert, please comment below. And this video is brand new so, just 123 views. One thing […]

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  • Jerry Douglas and Bryan Sutton: “Patrick Meets the Brickbats”

    Jerry Douglas and Bryan Sutton: “Patrick Meets the Brickbats”

    Jerry Douglas Band – Merlefest 2002 I’m not such a big fan of drums mixed in with acoustic instruments especially since the instruments that Bill Monroe picked do such a fabulous job at covering all sides of the rhythm. So with this instance, take away the drums, add a mandolin and you got your rhythm. Now this is not to say that this drummer is not right in there… Yes for certain, as there’s no way that Jerry’s settling for anything […]

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  • Wayne Lovegrove: It’s Never Too Late

    Wayne Lovegrove: It’s Never Too Late

    Wayne Lovegrove — “Green” – on a Patrick Schachle guitar You play the guitar… You’ve been doing it all your life… The songs you’ve written follow you everywhere you go. But are you going to let it all be just the music in your head? But  then, one day, in one moment, you decide to do it…. You know, make a CD, video, and bring all the music to life. Well that’s exactly what happened for guitarist Wayne Lovegrove… and […]

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  • Manitas De Plata: Famous French Guitarist

    Manitas De Plata: Famous French Guitarist

    Eddie Delezen over at our facebook page recommended this video of guitarist Manitas De Plata. After checking out his bio, I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve never heard of Manitas De Plata before since apparently he is very famous over in France. And in trying to decide what category his playing falls in… well, in my opinion it’s not really flamenco, not really classical… but he is playing a nylon string guitar and it’s definitely not bluegrass so… (ha ha). Technically […]

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  • 12 String Mechanical Guitar Plays Dust In the Wind

    12 String Mechanical Guitar Plays Dust In the Wind

    Dust In The Wind by Kansas on a 12 String We’ve featured some machines playing guitars here before at acoustic guitar videos, but nothing this elaborate and nothing that really seemed to play somewhat like a human. I say somewhat, because… well you know… there’s still no substitute (yet). Here’s the write up from YouTube: “from RagtimeWest.com it’s Our automated 12 String guitar playing Dust in the Wind by Kansas. Brand new product being tested for the first time!!! Fantastic […]

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  • Andrea Valeri Performs Live- Sultans of Swing

    Andrea Valeri Performs Live- Sultans of Swing

    By Nick Campling: There’s already a video of Andrea Valeri playing his “party piece” Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits on Acoustic Guitar Videos, but here’s an update.. interesting to hear how it has developed over a few years of being played all over the world! Andrea also produced an instructional video whilst visiting Maton in Australia who make his guitars which, if you’re a player might help or cause you to break the guitar and bury your head! Although […]

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  • Gareth Pearson: Run SB Run

    Gareth Pearson: Run SB Run

    By Nick Campling Here’s an own composition from Gareth Pearson called Run SB Run. Gareth is a fabulous young player from Wales who hit the scene at the age of about 15 in the UK. It’s great to hear these youngsters who owe so much to Tommy Emmanuel developing a style of their own and moving on from The Claw and Blue Smoke (not that I have anything at all against Jerry Reed or Merle Travis!) to write their own […]

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  • Clive Carroll Performs at Jorma’s Fur Peace Ranch

    Clive Carroll Performs at Jorma’s Fur Peace Ranch

    Clive Carroll – Oregon – Live at Fur Peace Ranch “Clive Carroll made a rare US appearance at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Southeast Ohio, as part of the Guitar Masters show in the 2012 Concert Series.” Nick Campling gave me this suggestion to post this video by Clive Carroll and said the following:  “one of our best kept secrets here in the UK”! This video is really different… The sounds that Clive Carroll is getting out of his […]

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  • Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    By Jim Weaver: This video, which appears to be from the early to mid-1990′s is a cross-over bluegrass/celtic song.  A young Jerry Douglas shines, but so does Aly Bain, Tod Parks and Russ Barenberg. “Russ Barenberg began playing guitar at age 13, taking lessons from Alan Miller, whose brother John Miller Barenberg would later play with. His style was heavily influenced by the flatpickingtechnique of Clarence White. He attended Cornell University and met Pete Wernick there in 1968. Together they joined to form Country Cooking, who released […]

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  • Al Di Meola: The Rite Of Strings

    Al Di Meola: The Rite Of Strings

    Peter Schaff wrote into our facebook page and said the following about this video: “Al Di Meola has never been this real for me!” This video which was filmed Live at Montreux Festival, 1994 features an All Star Line Up which includes Monty Alexandre on piano, Stanley Clarke on bass, Jean-Luc Ponty on violin, and of course Al Di Meola on guitar. Al is using the Roland synth which was the new thing back in the early 90′s but, had in my […]

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  • Johnnie Lin: Tapping The Streets of Brisbane

    Johnnie Lin: Tapping The Streets of Brisbane

    Whether or not we like the tapping style of guitar, we’re gonna have to admit one thing… It’s here and it’s getting major amounts of traffic on YouTube when something is posted. Now this tapping guitarist Johnnie Lin, has already received 500 thousand views. You got to ask the question… “Do you think this style is here to stay.” My inclination is a big yes. here’s the Youtube write up… just look at what happened by posting this vid- I’m […]

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  • Taylor & Jessie Baker: Soldier’s Joy

    Taylor & Jessie Baker: Soldier’s Joy

    A lot has happened since 2008 to these brothers, (the Baker Brothers) who are from Martinsville, Indiana. In this video, Taylor and Jessie Baker, age 15 and 17, playing Soldier’s Joy on mandolins. “Jessie ( known for banjo) and Taylor (mandolin) Baker. Jessie was born in 1991, Taylor in 1993. Began performing in 2002. Mom and dad, Anna and David, perform with the boys on bass and guitar. Have won several band competitions and perform regularly at festivals like Bean Blossom and Ralph […]

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  • Smokin’ Joe Robinson: Knockin’ Out A Little Somethin’

    Smokin’ Joe Robinson: Knockin’ Out A Little Somethin’

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here (well not really) and say that Smokin’ Joe Robinson is probably the heir to the Tommy Emmanuel acoustic guitar throne and perhaps one of the most talented guitarist you will ever hear. Well, it’s not such a bold statement really… just listen to this video. I like what the guy say’s to Joe while they’re setting up the stage for the next act: “Can you ‘knock out” a little something while everybody’s getting […]

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  • Clay Hess/Sierra Hull & Hwy 111: ‘Smashville’

    Clay Hess/Sierra Hull & Hwy 111: ‘Smashville’

    Here’s a live video from the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2009 featuring Sierra Hull and her band Highway 111 with Clay Hess on guitar. Yes, there’s a lot of talking so if you just want to pass that up, go to about 2:50 in the dial for the music. “Smashville’” which was written by fiddle Jim VanCleve of Mountain Heart, falls under the category of a modern day bluegrass instrumental. So if you are expecting to hear a 3 or 4 […]

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  • 32 Metronomes Lock Into Groove After Starting At Different Times

    32 Metronomes Lock Into Groove After Starting At Different Times

    I’ve had a fascination for the metronome since an early teenager- You ask, what’s so fascinating about a metronome? Well, the strive for performing with one, and playing in time is one of the important basics of great musicianship. Ah, becoming one with the metronome… It’s a beautiful thing. just ask any session player in Nashville. You can tell right away (at least I can) a musician who has practiced with one vs. the musician that hasn’t. Yes, good music […]

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  • Vassar Clements, Tony Rice – Kissimmee Kid

    Vassar Clements, Tony Rice – Kissimmee Kid

    Here’s the all star lineup of musicians on this video: Vassar Clements – fiddle Tony Rice – guitar Mark O’Connor – mandolin Jerry Douglas – dobro John Hartford – banjo Glenn Worf – bass Kissimmee Kid…. the author of this piece is Vassar Clements and Kissimmee is where Vassar grew up in Florida. I think by now everybody knows the town cause of Walt Disney and all the theme parks. This video looks like it was filmed a little before […]

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  • Grisha Goryachev: Russian Guitar Virtuoso

    Grisha Goryachev: Russian Guitar Virtuoso

    Here’s yet another amazing guitarist- this time a guitarist from St. Petersburg Russia by the name of Grisha Goryachev, with the familiar guitar piece Malagueña by Ernesto Lecuona, which is from a live performance at Trilogy Guitars, Los Angeles, December 18, 2010. The arrangement is by Paco de Lucía which would indicate that Grisha is not only a classical guitarist, but a flamenco guitarist as well. A Russian flamenco guitarist you say? Well, just listen to him. Grisha’s a guitar machine- able to […]

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  • Marc Teicholz: Beyond the Piece

    Marc Teicholz: Beyond the Piece

    Marc Teicholz- remember that name… Why? Well just listen to him play! Sometimes what he is playing sounds just impossible, and other times just so tender and sweet. Marc is one of those guitarists that has it all- brilliant technique, tone, and feeling. What else can I say except enjoy and read the bio material below. Marc’ has quite a background and well praised by his peers…. “Guitar: 1867 Antonio de Torres (http://bit.ly/13Upptc). Here’s Marc Teicholz performing in the Guitar […]

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  • Ryan Inglis: ‘Fear’

    Ryan Inglis: ‘Fear’

    Here’s a live performance that sounds so good, it’s hard to believe it’s live- until you hear the applause at the end. Ryan Inglis is one of those guys that can do it all- a great vocalist and a great guitarist. I hope you all know how rare that really is…. This song is part of a new album that Ryan has in the can and due for release. You can check it out at his website (link below). Ryan […]

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