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!
As always, you can catch the show at 10am every Tuesday in these four places:
- Acoustic Life YouTube channel
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Featured in This Episode…
#4 Three Steps To Play Bass Walks
Does the mere thought of transitioning from chord to chord stop you dead in your tracks when you want to play a song? In this video lesson I share with you a way to make your chord changes not only easier… but more interesting and fun by adding bass walks. And if you watch to the end, you’ll get the Master Formula to create ANY bass walk you want.
See these Playing Tips
#3 What’s On the Turntable This Week?
This week’s featured acoustic artist is Gwenifer Raymond who comes recommended to us by Acoustic Tuesday listener Mark Clark H. from Ardre, Gotland. Mark says, “She’s a young up and coming Welsh fingerstyle guitarist who’s influenced by Fahey and other American Primitives, as well as old country blues. She also has a PhD in astrophysics and designs video games in her day job–so pretty interesting bio. Her first LP just came out this year and it rocks deeply, or maybe picks deeply rather?”
See this Acoustic Artist Review
#2 Tonewood Amp Review
The Tonewood Amp has been recommended to me many times. The folks at Tonewood were kind enough to send me a demo model. This unit is completely unassuming. Installation was super easy, and it did not mark the finish on my guitar. I was intimidated to install it but am surprised at how easy and seamless it went. Once installed, it was extremely user friendly. I see this as a very useful, creative tool.
See this Product Review
#1 The GIG At Belmont Review
There’s a lot of talk about planning in the new year. What vacations to take, guitars to buy, guitars to play…..well I found a place in Nashville that combines all of this! The GIG (Gallery of Iconic Guitars) actually features nearly 500 truly iconic guitars.
See Details About The GIG
Listening in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Christmas Day from North America’s Christmas City. TK
Thanks…Jim A…Boise, Idaho…
Great Show. Look forward to every Tuesday. Happy New Year
You know you’re a guitar geek when…it’s Christmas morning and you’re listening to AT70 instead of opening presents.
Happy Holidays from Chris is Norcal.
Great show with great people.
Shout out from Scott G. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Ok guys, I’ve watched every single episode of your show, and I must say I’ve loved every one, BUT (there’s always a but, at least that’s what my wife says), I’ve yet to see any reviews or comments about nylon string classical guitars. Hey, they’re ‘acoustic’ too, just ask Willie! Anyway, I’ll keep watching and hoping. One other thing, it’s about your pronunciation of ‘Reading, Berkshire’. This isn’t a criticism, just trying to help you guys understand some of the peculiarities of the language as spoken here in the UK. It’s pronounced as ‘Redding, Barksheer’. All of the ‘shires’ are pronounced ‘sheer’. Yeah I know it’s crap but that’s the way it is! 🙂
Greetings Toney This William from the New England District in Australia, Merry Christmas love your show mate…that video was awesom mate
Greetings from Cleveland! Regarding Bing’s intimate singing influencing other singers, Frank (that’s Sinatra, Tony) used to say that his career was created by Bing.
#SmallWin: My girlfriend and I sing in a Swedish choir here in Cleveland. The choir does two concerts a year, one a winter concert as part of their St. Lucia festivities. This year, I volunteered my girlfriend and myself to play Christmas songs during the St. Lucia dinner, me on guitar, and her on hammered dulcimer (you can play “Enter Sandman” on hammered dulcimer, and it will sound like Christmas music). We chose and worked out arrangements for about a dozen Christmas songs, including three lesser known tunes, one Swedish Christmas song that the choir had sung in previous years but was not singing this year, and snuck in Danish and Northumbrian waltzes that had nothing to do with Christmas, but we just wanted to learn them (and anything played on a hammered dulcimer sounds like a Christmas song, anyway). We played for an hour, it felt great, people told us we sounded good, and asked if we’d play next year. Hey, why not? We already have arrangements of 15 songs.
Hello from Hollywood,florida- the new artist of the week is cool.and of course,merry Christmas to you all.i want to get my electric guitar,when I do I will do my arsenal.i have to get my shirt.!!🎸👍💡🎄😁
Love your 70th show,great like all your shows,thank you.and merry Christmas and a happy new year.lots of love from Florida.!!😁🎄💡👍🎸🍺🍺🍺🍺
Hello from St. Petersburg, FL. Love the show, love your teaching style. Love the featured artist this week! Well, every week, but this week more than most.
Hey Tony and Noah!
Watching you guys from Panther City….Cowtown, USA….better known as Fort Worth, Texas!!! I really enjoy every show and look forward weekly to see and hear what you have to share with us. I was excited to see the new Jerry Douglas album among your acquisitions this week. I had the blessed opportunity to hear him last Wednesday night with Tommy Emmanuel in concert at the old Majestic Theater in Dallas (#HUGEWIN). The day before the concert, I was gifted 4 tickets by a friend and had to hurry to find friends available to take with me. A great time was had by all. Keep up the great work!
Guy Guitar Geek Pharis
I went to see Marianne Faithfull at the Park West in Chicago, 2002. After a great show, we were heading for the exit. The guy in front of me wore a Blackhawks jersey like yours. It took me a minute to recognize Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame.
I’m still working on your Acoustic Vault songs with a Martin CEO-7 I purchased partially based on your recommendation.
Great guitar. Thanks!
Awesome show starting out with Noah’s T-shirt. Loved that episode of Black Mirror, creepy, scary and awesome. Thank you for featuring Gwenifer Raymond – in love with her fingerpicking and will be ordering her album.
#smallwin Greetings from Broomfield, CO to my northern brothers. Never miss your show. I have been trying to get together with fellow guitar players but without much luck. But, for Thanksgiving, I talked my daughters boyfriend into bringing his guitar over. We had a great time playing! Later, while at the dinner table, my daughter annouced that they are engaged! So I guess I got a small win AND a surprise fam jam!
Reading, Berkshire in the United Kingdom is pronounced “Redding” as in “Redding, California”.
Berkshire is pronounced “Bark-shire”.
Love the show.
Hel-Ho-Ho-Ho! (See what I did there? made my shoutout match the season? Ok Nevermind) So first of all, hello to my big brother Cout way down in Huston Tx. and a big shout out to you guys who do what you do so well, from David in Burbank, Ca. Another great show, Merry Christmas, happy and in-tune New Year.
LOVE the Tonewood!! So glad you finally got to review it! As a total rookie, I could install it with ease.NOTE: It does one other remarkable thing— It vibrates the top of guitar. Over time it will sweeten the tone of your guitar. Better than torrified. I have so much fun with the thing. Highly recommend
I own one, and the only draw back is while standing and playing the controls rub and change while playing ! I would love to see them put a cover over the controls .
I have one , the only draw back ,is if you play while standing, the controls rub on your side and change settings! I would love to see them put a cover over the controls to stop this from happening.
I thought the guitar toner on the tree was excellent. Truly enjoy all of your shows. I am 74, have played music on other instruments, and have just started the guitar. Am taking lessons and fretboard wizard which id excellent and don’t miss a moment of your most excellent show. I did the bass run and did the dance of joy, thanks Tony. I am binge watching all of your shows. You and Noah J Heckmann Jr. are hysterical.
Good Day from Sunny Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I genuinely enjoyed the Christmas episode of Acoustic Tuesdays. I only just discovered the program – so this is my first episode as well, and I have a lot of catching up to do!
This was quite a week for me as I also discovered Tony’s Acoustic Challenge and the Fretboard Wizard. I am looking forward to improving my guitar skills with these. Although I am a classical guitarist, I am sure I will gain an enormous amount of practical skill and knowledge that will translate to my chosen genre of guitar playing. After all, despite the physical differences, I am still playing the guitar.
I am relatively new to the instrument, and only began to learn in my late 50s, but I am enjoying myself and look forward to getting much better at communicating music, and having some fun as I do so.
I want to thank you, Tony, and Noah, for all of the work you are doing to help people develop their skills and knowledge. I look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with you.
Keep sharing your gifts of music and teaching with the world. You are making the world a better place!
Checking in from Conway, Arkansas!!! This is my very first show to listen in on. I have really enjoyed it. Y’all are great I will be looking forward to the next show…
tuning in for first time from Pinole, CA.
Just tuned in for the first time, great show! Great content! Tom Utigard, Yakima, Wa
Shout out from Neville Island , Pennsylvania
#youmightbeaguitargeekwhen Your wife, slumbering in the recliner mid Christmas Day suddenly begins chiming aloud “1, 2, 3, 4, 5…..” as Noah reads Kristopher’s You-you-might-be-a-guitar-gee-when list on AT 70. I got 9 out of 10 for the record but only because I recently bought a new car. But it counts because among other reasons, I went from a full size truck to a mid size crossover anticipating trying to transport instruments in a more climate controlled environment.