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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- Acoustic Life YouTube channel
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Featured in This Episode…
#4 Four Steps to Fingerpicking Freedom
When starting out on your guitar journey, fingerpicking seems so cool, but also so difficult. And like me, maybe you thought, “I wanna learn that… but when I’m good enough.” Well, I want to tell you that you that you are good enough, right now. Whether you’re a beginner or have been playing guitar for a while, you can fingerpick as long as you know the four basic steps that I cover in this video.
See these Playing Tips
#3 What’s On the Turntable This Week?
This week’s featured acoustic artist is Emily Barnes, who came recommended to us by Acoustic Tuesday listener Pam B. of Nazareth PA. As soon as I received Pam’s recommendation I took it seriously. She lives in the same town where Martin Guitars is based, so clearly she’s a guitar geek who knows what she’s talking about. This recommendation totally blew my socks off. Emily is very much under the radar, but she shouldn’t be. She’s an outstanding singer/songwriter, her playing is fantastic and her lyrical content is so moving. You won’t be disappointed.
See this Acoustic Artist Review
#2 Journey Instruments Travel Guitar Review
As a guitar geek, we want to travel and we want to bring a guitar. But traveling with a guitar can sometimes be anxiety inducing. I’ve tried quite a few of the travel guitars, but they all have that shape that causes red flags with the TSA. It’s a hassle, and you’re always worried about the guitar. Journey Instruments has the solution to your worries.
See this Product Review
#1 Auld Supercut
Noah has been at a very special project for quite some time. One year ago, we had the Tony’s Acoustic Challenge members participate in a song challenge. Over the course of two weeks they learned an entire song, measure by measure. They had another two weeks to practice the song and then submit a video of themselves playing the song. We received over 60 video submissions of this song! We have made a supercut of the song Auld Lang Syne. It’s a treat to watch. Sit back and enjoy!
See this Final Supercut
Greetings from Medford, Oregon!
Shout out from Oshkosh, WI…..new to Acoustic Tuesday and learning a lot and taking notes, listening to new artists….love the lessons…keep up the great work
#smallwins One of several reasons I had for joining TAC 10 months ago was to learn a proper finger picking technique. This is actually two small wins in one, last night for the first time I finger picked while singing a song all the way through. Secondly, I have had a variety of Jazz style cords in my player’s tool box for years but with the exceptions of Stormy Monday Blues and Summertime, I have had no application for them. Well, now that I have learned how to finger pick my Jazz style chords have come to life and I can sit through a half hour of simply enjoy the pleasure playing guitar alone. The down side is I now have this awful case of GAS for a vintage acoustic archtop guitar.
I have a Christmas themed your a guitar geek when with a picture. What are the steps to submitting it?
Hi Tony, I loved the episode! Thanks
Hi Tony, Loved the show. Thank you!
Great show today#69. Love the travel guitar as this is a huge need products looks extremely high quality. I’m a 2 year player at 59 years old. The finger pick was a #small win as I did it for the first time while watching and it already sounds interesting and not horrible. I’m absolutely going to spend much practice time on finger pick. Thanks for the awesome show. Don H. in Clearwater.
Superb Noah!! Thank you for the compilation vid!! Wonderful!
Sorry to disappoint but the best sounding travel guitar is the Brunner B-Compact from Lavin, Switzerland. He came up with this idea years before Furch and others. 🙂
Noah & Tony,
Adding the short lessons, for me, was a wise decision; every little bit helps.
Any plans for a mini-review of guitar cords?
Joli (TAC Member)
Hea Noah, guess i worded it wrong.# you know your a guitar geek when you teeth bridge is broken siting in a glass in the bathroom and your eyeglasses are taped together in the middle and you just got your first ever new Marin 000-15me special burst.
A TAC membership is an awesome gift. I want to get one for my husband, but I’m a techno phobe and can’t figure out how to do that.
Wow! Total breakthrough on fingerpicking, Tony! This worked, and I did it! You’re such a great teacher. I’m not sure I even want to keep the flatpicks anymore. Thank you!
Noah…your new haircut looks great!!!!!
Liked your show alot,like every weekend.loved the guitar singer,emily Barnes,beautiful artist and song writer.loved journey guitars. Thanks see you for # 70 happy holidays to you and your staff.a great show.!!😁🇺🇸🎶🎸☕️🎄👍
The Auld Lang Syne video was awesome. Congratulations to all the players, some very fine picking there. Great guitars. Terrific editing by Reverend Sir Noah.
Loved the SuperCut ! Here’s an idea – How about a Monthly SuperCut Challenge ? Open to anyone, not just TAC members. Choose an accoustic number, demo the number and have people learn it as close as possible to the demo, then video themselves doing it and send it in. Noah does his magic and produces another SuperCut to be shown on Acoustic life.
Small win re strung my Lorenzo model 11, the outer day with Phosphor Bronze, all mettle strings and tuned it using a phone app, so it now has a lovely sound!
Slight cheat, the strings have a nut on one end so I did not have to do the twisty tie thing on the sound bored string stock.
Carl. Form Poole In Dorset UK