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January 2012 Blog Posts (35)

Beginning Challanges

Think back, for some of you way back to when you first started playing. Remember the challanges of learning to play. I have picked up my guitar on and off over the last 30 years and tried to learn.

Every time my interest wained or I just couldn't find the time to practice. (The translation of this is it wasn't important enough).

Then a strange thing happened. I had a grandson who at 7 years old wanted grandpa to sign him up for Cub Scouts. Well seeing as I was a scout and my…


Added by Andy Tauber on January 31, 2012 at 2:23pm — 2 Comments

Separated at Birth?

Acoustic Guitar reader Lee Nunes tipped us off to the startling similarity between a scene from The General (1926, starring Buster Keaton) and the bracing pattern from an Ignacio Fleta guitar. Thanks, Lee!…


Added by Acoustic Guitar on January 30, 2012 at 5:15pm — 1 Comment

I am Seriously Wondering

I am curious as to how this site ends up entertaining/teaching me.  I don't really know what it is, but I do know that I love the magazine, love all things acoustic, and really want this to be something cool and unique that I can sign everyday and learn/be entertained/etc... by something.  I hope that I can bring that stuff to the metaphorical table for others as well.

Well, I'll be back tomorrow, and tomorrow I think I will review one of my Breedlove's... JrK

Added by Jason Gatewood on January 30, 2012 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Gypsy-Style Intro & Turnaround Guitar Lick in B7 and E7

This article and video (<1 min.) describes a short lick that can be used as an introduction or as a turnaround in romances having roots in traditional Gypsy-style music

Added by VB on January 30, 2012 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Lazy Quick for the Hammer-On Trick

Mel Bay's Guitar Sessions is a free monthly webzine that carries a few of my articles, including tips for players and tales from the road. The December 2010 issue features some tips for the fingerstyle player regarding hammer-ons.  Here's an easy link for the latest article. Guitar Sessions Hope you enjoy!

Added by Richard Gilewitz on January 27, 2012 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Love The One You're With

My fingers are so sore now. I've spent the last 2 1/2 hours strumming songs from back in the day. The last one for the night was Stephen Stlls' "Love The One You're With". I think Stills uses an altered "C" tuning on it, but I like to keep my guitar in standard tuning, so my arrangement for two guitars is in standard tuning, one using a capo at the 5th fret. It sounds pretty full. I'm going to try to record it soon, getting a portable recorder for my birthday next week. May even use a guitar in… Continue

Added by Phil Manuel on January 27, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Kenny Loggins, House at Pooh Corner, NAMM 2012

Check out Kenny Loggins performing House at Pooh Corner at the 2012 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, Bedell Guitars booth.



Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 26, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

When you hear a song you like while shopping, on the radio in your car, etc, write it down.  Then when you get home look it up and give it a whirl ~ you never know where your song inspirations will come from!
Play on...

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 26, 2012 at 4:44pm — No Comments

NAMM 2012: New and Updated Martin Acoustics

Dick Boak of C.F. Martin & Co. took the time to tell us about some significant updates to familiar models, John Mayer’s new signature model, and a very special Custom Shop dreadnought at the NAMM show.

Added by Acoustic Guitar on January 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The NAMM Videos Cometh

Acoustic Guitar is back from NAMM, and we’ve added a bunch of videos from the show floor to our YouTube channel.

Here’s Lloyd Baggs discussing the new L.R. Baggs M80 magnetic pickup.

Added by Acoustic Guitar on January 25, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Kinloch Nelson Plays "Spanish Harlem"

Our February 2012 issue features a solo fingerstyle arrangement of Jerry Lieber and Phil Spector's classic "Spanish Harlem."

Here's a video clip of Acoustic Guitar contributor Kinloch Nelson playing the…


Added by Acoustic Guitar on January 24, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Rockin' G Ranch, starts in March of 2012

The Rockin’ G Ranch introduces a series of Acoustic Home Concerts featuring Americana, Country, Rock & Blues, Folk and Bluegrass in South San Jose California

Added by Lorin Guy on January 23, 2012 at 11:26pm — 1 Comment

Chromatic Tuner or Guitar Tuner?

There is little discussion of the relative merits of buying a chromatic tuner versus a dedicated guitar tuner on the Internet today. This is a conundrum primarily faced by new guitarists who have little experience with guitar equipment and accessories. If you find yourself in this position, this article is for you.

In the store or online marketplace you see that there are two kinds of tuners offered: guitar tuners and…


Added by tuner on January 22, 2012 at 7:48pm — No Comments

I am a professional music transcriber, arranger and engraver.

For the past 22 years I have transcribed over 250 music books for worldwide publication with all the top U.S. publishing houses including Warner Bros. Publications, Hal Leonard Publishing, Alfred Publishing, Mel Bay, Music Sales Corp., Penguin Publishing, Musicnotes, Artist Works etc.

Pop music books include everyone from Aerosmith and The Beatles to Z.Z. Top while jazz/rock folios feature the likes of Al Di Meola,…


Added by Hemme B. Luttjeboer on January 22, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

Russian Blues – I am the one you need

Here is my cover of the I am The One You Need blues song by Russian pop star Valery Syutkin played on Takamine TF740FS:

Russian Blues – I am the one you need


Added by VB on January 22, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments


Detail of a poster for the International Hygiene Exhibition 1911 in Dresden » by Franz von Stuck)

« Understanding » is the third segue in the series that I have written…


Added by Christopher Stewart on January 21, 2012 at 10:09am — No Comments

Gaëlle Buswel website is on!

That's it! talented French artist Gaëlle Buswel has now her official website :

It has been online since January 20. Most of pages are in French, but…


Added by Pascal Proust on January 21, 2012 at 4:24am — No Comments

Three Simple Intro & Outro Guitar Licks

Here is my short article Three Simple Intro & Outro Guitar Licks with video and tabs. Recorded with Takamine TC132SC. I'll appreciate your feedback and any recommendations
Regards, Vladimir

Added by VB on January 18, 2012 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Angela’s Ballad played on Takamine TF740FS

Here is my version of Angela’s Ballad by russian composer Mikhael Tariverdiev. It’s rarely performed these days even in Russia.

I used it to demonstrate how Takamine TF740FS sounds unplugged & unprocessed. Recorded with Zoom Q3HD.


Angela’s Ballad played on Takamine TF740FS

Added by VB on January 16, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

My Takamine TF740FS Story

Steel String Acoustic Guitar Review: My Takamine TF740FS Story


Probably it will look naive for someone, but it's my honest naiveness :-)

I'll apreciate your comments.

Regards, Vladimir

Added by VB on January 12, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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