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July 2009 Blog Posts (45)

Please take a look at my blog on Acoustic Guitar, Folk-Blues, Fingerpicking and Fingerstyle

Hey all, I've started a blog on Folk-Blues, Fingerpicking and Fingerstyle Guitar, called Folk Blues Guitar Obsession. I'm writing about historic players, early bluesmen like Blind Blake, 60s folk masters like… Continue

Added by Mokai on July 31, 2009 at 3:27pm — 3 Comments

HELP!!!! Blogging and Being Social - Anybody Out There?

As a Guitar Blogger who has written hundreds of articles, not only on guitar but other topics, over a two year period I've had close on 400,000 visitors to a few of my blog sites, as I see it as a great way of communicating and quickly getting stuff out there, I also run an IT Social Network for Web Development. In this time I'm learnt a lot about what works, what doesn't, and how people respond.

As a rule, persons over about 30 generally need to be guided in interacting on… Continue

Added by Tony Hogan on July 30, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : Juggernaut part 2

(Ratha Yatra Festival in Puri, India / Painting by James Fergusson)

Juggernaut. Lots to say about this one. Make sure your seat is confortable...

I’ve started the writing for this singular piece on November…


Added by Christopher Stewart on July 29, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : Void part 2

("Primeval Center" )

On a background of Wall Street Bailout and the Large Hadron Collider, “Void” paints the Buddhist concept of emptiness.

From Wikipedia :…


Added by Christopher Stewart on July 28, 2009 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Pandel Collaros performs tomorrow night, Wed. July 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

d'vine Wine Bar & Lounge
Pine Tree Shoppes 12017 Perry Hwy
Wexford PA

Added by Pandel Collaros on July 28, 2009 at 11:18am — No Comments

TUNE IN TONIGHT! zAck borer interview on -- 9:00PM ET

Hey everyone, I'm going to step out from my job behind the bar tonight to do a LIVE radio interview with RussellD from at 9:00PM ET. If you want to tune in and check it out, go to, click on the "Listen Live" button on the upper right hand corner, choose your player (ie: Windows Media Player) and check it… Continue

Added by Zack Borer on July 28, 2009 at 4:12am — No Comments

The Essential Clarence White

When I was in Nashville a couple weeks ago for the NAMM show, I visited some local guitar shops, including Guitar Gallery, the Opryland Gibson Guitar showcase, Gruhn Guitars, and Cotten Music, where I made my only musical purchase of the week: Roland White and Diane Bouska’s wonderful new book The Essential Clarence White: Bluegrass Guitar Leads. In addition to an illuminating biographical intro by Roland that details his life with his brother from their births in rural Maine to… Continue

Added by Scott Nygaard on July 27, 2009 at 5:46pm — 5 Comments

One Legged Drum Kit. (from Blogger)

Part 1

I thought i would like to add a little simple percussion to my music and the traditional folk instrument and indeed by product of the genre the beer cap encrusted broom handle shaker thingy seems to fit the bill but how to play it when playing the guitar?

When my daughter was about 12 she decided that she wanted to take up the drums and really did show a lot of early promise but thankfully for our sanity it went no further other than a friend(?) donating what was… Continue

Added by Andy Stone on July 27, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : Leaving The Ashram part 3 & 4

("Enigma" by Matías Argudín)

The third and fourth parts of “Leaving The Ashram” are respectively entitled “The Tabla Master’s Enigma” and “The Ordinary II.” Our unidentified introspective hero has completed his retreat and is going back to ordinary life.…


Added by Christopher Stewart on July 26, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

'08 Baden A-Style Euro spruce/RW for sale

I've been a member for a few years, but couldn't sign in using my email account. So, I used my wife's. She'll be thrilled!

I have a Baden A-Style(Grand Auditorium) guitar with a European spruce top & RW body. Any one not familiar with Badens, here some info. They are the brain-child of T.J. Baden, once a Taylor employee for about 13 years in the R & D area (CEO). He left & ventured to create a hand-made, unique, simplistic, great sounding & playing guitar(s). There is also… Continue

Added by Jeff Pestalozzi on July 26, 2009 at 10:09am — 1 Comment

DADGAD Arrangement TAB and Notation - Gypsy Rover

I have just reposted a DADGAD of Gypsy Rover which I did a couple of years ago. It's simple and straight forward. Share it with students if you like or build it into an arrangement with variations. Click to go to article DADGAD Gypsy Rover

Tony Hogan

Added by Tony Hogan on July 24, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

aer amplification

I have an aer 120watt acousticube i've just acquired. I also have an aer ag8 i use as a monitor for small venues cafes etc. I usually use the ag8 as a monitor going through a mackie desk set up , is it poss to put the acc guitar and mic and ag8 through the acousticub, so i can use vocal and guitar and hear both through the ag8 and the acouticube if this makes sense?. aer make good amps but are definitely slack and lacking where info is concerned with the use of their products; ie example the… Continue

Added by DAVID HAYWARD on July 24, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

Dealing with Squeaks!

How should guitarists deal with the string noises that are inherent to their instrument? In the past, the pristine quality of recordings were judged by whether the squeaking of the fingers on the strings could be heard. Today, however, most audiences find them annoying, and unless artists make a conscious effort to diminish them, they are likely to rear their ugly heads at the most inopportune moment. The most logical way seems to be simply lifting one`s hand when shifting…

Added by John Francis on July 24, 2009 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

guitar straps

I returned from summer namm and thought I would report but that seems pretty well covered, but I would like to say that I took my guitar strap to the show and had great response. I figured I'd post here because I know a lot of players hate strap buttons as I do. My strap elimanates the need for a strap button in the heel of the neck. It cradles your guitar and many who tried it on at the show said it held the guitar more comfortably than a conventonal strap. Anyway, I know this is a shameless… Continue

Added by Matthew Miller on July 22, 2009 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Sarah Jarosz, Son Volt, and Mr. Leonard Cohen

If you’re a frequent reader of Acoustic Guitar, you’ll no doubt be familiar with our Player Spotlight department, which features a mix of up-and-coming and established artists. While thumbing through our most recent issue (September 2009), I stopped to read about Sarah Jarosz once again, despite having read the article a dozen times before it hit the newsstands. In the interview with frequent Acoustic Guitar author Kenny Berkowitz, the 18-year-old native of Wimberley,… Continue

Added by Managing Editor Mark Smith on July 22, 2009 at 11:42am — No Comments

Good First Flight

I just flew my Taylor 414 from South Carolina to Minnesota and back, via US Airways. I was very apprehensive due to all of the negative flight stories, online. I used a Gator ATA Plastic case and made sure that the guitar could not move within the case. I checked the guitar, and it was inspected on the return flight, but all padding was put back just as I had it. I want to add this positive story to offset all of the horror stories.

Added by Frank Stewart on July 21, 2009 at 6:51pm — 1 Comment

The Music Of Poligraf : Leftoverturned part 2

(Detail from "Lenticular cloud")

Given its structure and contents, the second part of “Leftoverturned” could have been entitled “Informaëlstrom II” (ref: "1000 Radios"), but because of the undeniable influence of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” the full…


Added by Christopher Stewart on July 21, 2009 at 8:26am — No Comments

Fingernails, Flesh And Other Fodder

The widest range of tone color and dynamics is achieved with a combination of nail and flesh. By varying the angle of the fingers one can use either more or less nail. The optimum length is one that allows you to just see the nail over the tips of the finger when looking at the palm. The nail should follow the contour of the fingertip. It is also important to make sure the sides of the nails don't have any corners that will catch the string or catch other things and crack…

Added by John Francis on July 21, 2009 at 4:23am — 2 Comments

Transcriptions: No. 1: Johannes Brahms "Lullaby" Waltz No. 15 • Drop D Notation with Tab

Brahms Famous Lullaby Arranged For Solo Guitar by John Francis

Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 7, 1833 to a poor family. His father was a double-bass player. His mother was a seamstress. Brahms began studies on the piano at the age of seven. By the age of thirteen he was able to support himself by playing piano at bars and brothels and arranging light music. He soon began writing sonatas, piano trios, and many…

Added by John Francis on July 20, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Add a Little Jazz to Your Acoustic Guitar Playing - TAB and Music Sheet

I've uploaded a simple Chord Doco using triads for those guitar players wishing to add a little jazz style accompaniment to their playing. It is in TAB and dots. I learnt this technique years ago from British Jazz great Ike Isaacs. I had uploaded previously to the web, but in an oversight I called it 1 6 4 5 progression because I used one of my other templates.

I have found this sort of playing very useful for accompanying singers. Using the triads allows for greater mobility and… Continue

Added by Tony Hogan on July 19, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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