Welcome to this week’s episode of Acoustic Tuesday where I share my guitar geek list of gear, artists, and resources to keep you inspired to live your absolute BEST acoustic life!
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Featured in This Episode…
#4 The Secret of Barre Chords
Do you think that barre chords SUCK? Well, listen up, because I know if you knew the hidden power of barre chords you’d place them much higher on your guitar practice priority list. In this episode, I show you the secret power of barre chords. Check it out.
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Check out our Guitar Chords Hub page.
#3 What’s On the Turntable This Week?
This week’s featured acoustic artist is Sierra Ferrell who I am personally recommending to you. She’s got a voice that is plucked from old time radio – it’s so unique and has a wonderful vintage characteristic.
See this Acoustic Artist Review
#2 Ernie Ball Paradigm Strings Review
I want to share with you my review of the Ernie Ball Paradigm Strings. The strings boast two main qualities, they are break resistant and ultra durable. I tested out those qualities, check out the segment to find out what I found out.
See this Acoustic Guitar Review
#1 My First Guitar Book Review
This book was sent to me as a gift from one of our AT viewers, Vic G. I would encourage you all to get the book. Seventy of the most influential guitarists are interviewed about their first guitar playing experiences. My First Guitar really shows the human connection to the guitar.
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All about scale length between OM’s and 000’s.
Interesting fact. Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard were out of Baltimore and Washington, and the bluegrass jam I went to yesterday is run in part by Bud Dickens, the nephew of Hazel Dickens. 2nd fact, Alice is still playing and just released a new cd with a concert down in DC. Unfortunately I missed it since I am up in Baltimore:
Hi Tony! I have a compliment/critique on a recent episode, and will end with a “small win” (and, I guess, kind of an “artist recommendation” too!).
I was glad to see you feature Canadian luthier Linda Manzer in Ep. 58. But I was a little surprised and disappointed that you didn’t mention one of her longest-standing and most loyal customers (and most awesome, in my personal opinion!)—my guitar hero, Bruce Cockburn. As you probably know, Bruce is one of the best guitarists out there, and one of the most prolific in terms of career, albums, etc. His music is deep and complex, often with very strong messages, and his guitar work is impeccable.
Both his guitar playing and his songwriting have garnered praise far & wide, even from some of the rock gods, though Bruce himself is not primarily a rocker—like the famous story of The Rolling Stone asking Eddie Van Halen back in the 1980s, “What does it feel like to be the greatest guitarist in the world?“, to which he reportedly replied, “I don’t know, why don’t you ask Bruce Cockburn?“ And Bruce’s lyrics were quoted in a song by U2 on their “Rattle & Hum” album!
Anyway, for a number of years Bruce has pretty much exclusively played Linda’s acoustic guitars. He even has an electric charango (small Andean 10-string instrument) she made for him. I’ve seen and heard them at Bruce’s concerts many times over the decades.
And here’s my “small win.” After going to many of his concerts over the course of four decades, and playing many of his songs myself over the years, my wife & I finally got to meet him after his concert this year in Franklin, Tennessee. He was very friendly, gracious, and humble—just as we suspected he would be! Even got a photo with him that I’ve added to my guitar heroes wall at home. A “small win” (actually a big win) for both of us!
Enjoying the show…keep up the good work!
But don’t leave out Bruce!
I showed my wife the picture of Pauls’ guitarsenal. She immediately called her attorney.
#SMALLWINS: I was in Bozeman this past thursday/friday and one of our uber drivers was Carl, a past assistant manager at Backcountry Burgers on Main St. He and his family play guitar and of course we got to talking about Tony and ALF. He doesn’t know Tony personally but asked me if he was that dude with a long beard and tattoos, and had a guitar festival this past June. We touched base on the awesomeness of Music Villa as well.. At the end of the conversation he gave us $10 coupons off for lunch at Backcountry Burgers. SO, the win is getting to talk guitars while on a work trip and a free lunch! A full trio of winning – free trip to Bozeman, guitar talk, and free lunch. I am truly lucky!