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Join us for conversations that explore why we play, collect, build, obsess over guitars and how rewarding it is to make music of our own. Each month, your hosts at Acoustic Guitar magazine connect you with great guitarists – from preeminent pickers and fingerstyle sensations to trailblazing songwriters, luthiers, and the acoustic guitar community at large.
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Guitar playing tips and inspiration to play guitar consistently, have more fun and see more progress with your guitar routine. Every week your host, Tony Polecastro (from tacguitar.com) shows you a new guitar lick and shares new guitar gear and acoustic guitar music he‘s recently found. Tune out the overwhelm of online guitar lesson noise and let Tony be your guide to focus, fun and progress every Tuesday at 10am.
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Catch up with folk singer-songwriter Katherine Priddy in this bonus Acoustic Guitar Sessions episode. We talk family, guitars, touring with Richard Thompson, and enjoy a performance of “Father of Two” from her latest album The Pendulum Swing. Support the show: Join our community on Patreon, where you’ll find bonus podcast episodes, exclusive guitar…
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You've probably heard the old adage that "tone is in the hands." But what does that really mean? And what makes tone good? We asked 14 prominent acoustic guitarists to weigh in, and got 14 unique responses. You'll want to listen with a notebook in hand, because this episode is a treasure trove of practical advice, musical examples, insights, and ex…
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Catch up with singer-songwriter Naima Bock in this bonus Acoustic Guitar Sessions episode. We enjoy an impromptu performance of a new song—“Showers”—then discuss Bock’s roots in Brazilian and British folk music and get a rundown of her guitars and gear. Listen to her album Giant Palm and visit NaimaBock.com to learn more. Support the show: Join our…
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We caught up with Alejandro Escovedo ahead of the release of Echo Dancing – his latest album in a legendary, genre-expansive career. Escovedo candidly discusses how painful personal experiences inform his songwriting, how he first picked up the guitar, why he prefers to play acoustic, and what makes Austin, Texas a great town for songwriters. Suppo…
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Catch up with London-based indie folk duo Flyte in this bonus Acoustic Guitar Sessions episode. We talk first and favorite guitars, writing for two voices, and enjoy a performance of “Chelsea Smiles” from their latest album. Visit Flyte’s website to hear more of their music. Support the show: Join our community on Patreon, where you’ll find bonus p…
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How does competition fit into the creative process? We're joined by Abby Posner, Rachel Garcia, and Thu Tran for a candid roundtable discussion all about songwriting competitions. Explore the highs and lows of participating in these events, how to pick which song to enter, and the impact contests can have on a guitarist's career. Additional resourc…
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Like so many musicians of a certain generation, our guests started playing guitar in large part because of the Beatles. Today, Laurence Juber, Mimi Fox, and Tim Sparks each take a different approach to arranging, adapting, reharmonizing, and reimagining these tunes. Tune in for a lively roundtable discussion, chock-full of inspiring musical example…
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From the Newport Folk Festival to art museums in Norway and every open mic, stadium, and radio station in between – if it’s a gig, Pieta Brown, Christopher Paul Stelling, and Sean Rowe are ready for it! This roundtable of well-traveled acoustic guitarists has played tons of shows across the globe – and are here to share insights, stories, laughs, a…
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Catch up with one of your favorite bluegrass bands! Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, and Chris Thile discuss breathing new life into classic tunes, what their kids really think of their music, and a whole lot more. This episode is sponsored by ToneWoodAmp, a magnetically attached game-changing multi-effects device for acoustic guitars. Get reverb, delay…
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In this roundtable discussion, Diego Figueiredo, Gwenifer Raymond, and Yasmin Williams share their unique perspectives on composing for solo guitar. Through conversation and inspiring demonstrations, our guests explore the differences between improvising and refining a piece, techniques for making one guitar feel like a full band, and more. This ep…
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While both our guests are lauded for their electric guitar chops, this episode is all about playing unplugged. Join Eric Johnson and Gretchen Menn for a wide-ranging conversation exploring ego, joy, musical growth, and how to get good tone. (Hint: it's about a lot more than gear!) Thanks to ToneWoodAmp for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about …
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Your identity becomes clear when life happens. After 5 years of YouTube, I'm leaning into a new path. If you're reading this, you're a steadfast supporter of the Acoustic Tuesday Show. I've released a weekly show focused on all things acoustic guitar for over five years. When people ask me what I do, I say I teach guitar and host a weekly show on Y…
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You know what happens when a sitcom does a clip show? On today's episode of Acoustic Tuesday, we're going down memory lane. This particular memory lane is six years long, with endless bits of wisdom sprinkled all along the way. There truly is no shortage of things to learn from the Acoustic Tuesday catalog. So, what's up with all the nostalgia? The…
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Cut the gimmicks and tricks — it's time to sit down and LEARN. On this episode of Acoustic Tuesday, I'm unveiling the secrets to learning a new song swiftly and effectively. Grab your guitars and notebooks because you won't want to miss this one! In this episode, I'm breaking down the process into two fundamental parts to prevent you from feeling s…
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Make sure your strings last as long as possible without giving you trouble when you're playing — be the 20%. On today's episode, we're unraveling the mysteries of guitar string changes, a crucial skill every guitarist needs in their toolkit! Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, this guide is going to be your go-to. I'll walk you t…
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Go behind the workbench to explore the unique challenges and joys of guitar repair and restoration! What do Dana Bourgeois, Mamie Minch, and Martin Keith have in common? They’ve all been the author behind Acoustic Guitar magazine’s question-and-answer column “Ask the Expert,” for one. Now we find out what these guitar experts wish more people would…
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Is this one of the best set-up guitars right out of the case I've ever played? While many of you know I've often linked B&G Guitars with their electric wonders, they sent over their Caletta model for me to review, and WOW—it's an acoustic treat! Clear projection, feather-light build, and those rich overtones that'll leave every guitar lover swoonin…
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Is there any tastier combination of guitars than these three Bourgeois Guitars? On this episode, we're diving deep into the mesmerizing world of Bourgeois Guitars straight from Lewiston, ME. There's a reason they're celebrated for their world-class craftsmanship, and I'm excited to unveil that magic. First up, we have the rustic and authentic Count…
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Sam builds guitars out of his workshop in Stockton on Tees. I met him at the Ullapool Guitar Festival in October 2022 and he very kindly agreed to sit down and have a chat with me on tape. Full show notes here: https://acousticguitar.io/?p=2589 Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LNjsUu-v0oA ▶LINKS AND THAT◀McClaren GuitarsKatherine P…
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Put the guitar down and listen up — no, seriously. Put it down in your lap and unlock a new way to approach the acoustic guitar. On this episode, we're diving into something that has affected all of us guitar players at one point or another: the dreaded guitar rut. You know, that feeling when you're stuck, unmotivated, or just unable to find creati…
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Looking for a guitar with tons of flexibility and warmth for a resonator? On today's episode, you'll get a full review of Beard Guitars' new Trailhead round neck model. Trust me, this one is going to take your breath away. First things first, let's talk specs. The Trailhead round neck comes with a stunning solid spruce top providing a rich and bala…
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Is it possible for modern square neck resonators to sound so different, even if they're made by the same builder? After our previous journey into the world of vintage acoustic square neck guitars, I thought it would be fun to switch gears and introduce you to the modern side of my collection. Today, we're focusing on the square neck resonator guita…
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We sat down with Bruce Cockburn after the release of O Sun O Moon – his latest album in a distinguished career spanning five decades. Cockburn discusses creativity, guitars, songwriting, and even gives us a lesson in EADGAD tuning. Support the show: Listen to Part 2 on Patreon Make a donation on PayPal Give a rating and review Additional resources:…
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Can you believe these three vintage '40s beauties cost less than $1000 in total? In this episode, I'll take you on a tour of my personal collection of vintage square neck guitars. Now these aren't your typical acoustic instruments—these guitars are specifically designed to be played on your lap. And guess what? You can often find them at a bargain …
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Recorded at the Ullapool Guitar Festival in October 2019. Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Tk55A3IrEEg Full Show Notes: https://acousticguitar.io/john-goldie/Links and that. https://www.johngoldie.co.uk/https://www.facebook.com/johngoldieguitar/https://twitter.com/johnsgoldiehttps://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGoldieGuitarhttps://www.ins…
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300 episodes later and I'm still getting asked, "how do you pick out a first guitar?" Well, here goes nothing! This week, we're diving headfirst into the vast world of acoustic guitars to bring you my top 10 picks for the best first acoustic guitars for beginners. In this comprehensive guide, we'll be focusing on guitars that deliver the perfect ba…
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Looking for that jingly and sparkling tone that'll charm your ears without breaking the bank? Look no further than these 10 guitars. In today's episode, we'll explore the wonderful world of 12-string guitars. I truly believe you don't have to break the bank to get your hands on a quality 12-string. That's why I'm highlighting 10 starter acoustic 12…
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90% of new guitar players abandon playing within 1 year. Are you starting off on the wrong instrument? Many years ago, I found myself drawn to the sound of the electric guitar, but as time passed, I was drawn to the warm, resonant tones of the acoustic guitar. For decades, I almost exclusively played acoustic guitar, until recently when the allure …
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It’s our first birthday! If you’ve been listening since the beginning, you remember "My First Guitar," where we heard stories from some incredible players. Now we bring you the luthier edition, with 15 outstanding makers reflecting on what they learned from and loved about building their first guitars. The Acoustic Guitar Podcast is a listener-supp…
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If you need more banjo in your life, this list was hand-picked for you. This episode is all about the brilliant banjo players that inspire countless guitar journeys, including my own—and hopefully yours! But first, a little storytime. I remember back when I was a fledgling in the world of bluegrass and folk music at the Old Town School of Folk. I s…
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