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
- We Play Every Day Facebook Community
- Get show notes emailed directly to your inbox.
- Listen to audio only below or in iTunes
Featured in This Episode…
#4 Play Blues In Any Key
Learning the Blues is where many guitar geeks start because it’s fun, recognizable and rewarding. So, in this lesson, I’m gonna show you one blues lick that is incredibly useful because after you learn it, you will be able to play the 12 Bar Blues in ANY Key.
Click here for the FULL Lesson
#3 What’s On the Turntable This Week?
This week’s featured acoustic artist is Cory Chisel. From Wisconsin, Cory’s voice is immediately recognizable and pours his heart and soul in both his solo music, as well as his group projects. Both are worth a listen.
Nobody Makes It Out (Traveller)
#2 GHS Vintage Bronze String Review
I love trying new guitar strings. And what’s more… I love getting to share with you my findings on each and every one of them 🙂 These GHS Vintage Bronze Strings
Learn More About GHS Vintage Bronze Strings
Buy GHS Vintage Bronze Strings
#1 Ask The Artist: Eric Skye
Featured in Acoustic Tuesday #74, Eric Skye is a true guitar geek. We asked Eric three guitar geeky questions and he more than delivered. He reveals the piece of gear that changed his guitar playing forever.
I just recently found this show. Thank you for bringing this to us. i do have a question, what makes a guitar “vintage”? Does it come from a certain era, or does it just reach a certain age?
I think “vintage” is a personal preference., but to me it would mean it’s old enough that the age matters to the sound, and therefore the value. A guitar top starts to mature around 20-25 years, and hits it’s prime at around 40 years, so I’d call anything more than 30 years old “vintage”. 1980s or earlier. I think that instrument-making materials and techniques changed significantly in the 80’s and 90’s, another reason to call 1980s or earlier “‘vintage”. Some purists might say “pre-war”, because materials and techniques changed after that also. but that’s getting seriously rare and maybe should be called “beyond vintage”..
Hi Tony and Noah!
This is John from Colorado Springs!
Thanks for the show! I love it!
Is this a live show
No, not live, but prerecorded Monday, as I understand it. – PickerDad
Going to see Molly Tuttle in a couple weeks at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville…..I am pumped
You were just talking about looperss and other acoustic pedals. have you ever paid attention to a great guitar player named Phil Keaggy?
He’s the best!
A Cort Dreadnot.
A cigar box dreadnaught guitar?
Hey Tony and Noah,
Love the show. I look forward to it every week. I was wondering if you could review an Orangewood Guitar sometime or if you may have already done so. I am interested in the Echo model.
a guitar, probably to review, CB Dread (a Collins??)
#youknowyou’reaguitargeekwhen you are browsing used acoustic guitars on your local craigslist while watching and listening to Acoustic Tuesday.
you received some wines.
Watching Acoustic Tuesday, I Love the show, the information I learn, and the humor. Trying to order the Guitarsinal T shirt, have not found where. Keep Up The Great Show!!!!! Your Fan!
Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
Great show, love it. Watching from Bracebridge Ontario Canada,
Gary T: I have an identical Martin X-series. The label also says just “Custom X Series” I’m not sure what’s “custom”, but it appears identical to the GPCX1AE in Martin’s catalogue, list price new $929 US, . I got mine second-hand 3 years ago and I believe it was 2-3 years old then; X=Series have been made in Mexico for several years, and the label in mine does indeed say “Made in Mexico” in small print right under “Custom X Series”. They must have moved the production to Mexico after yours was made in 2006. Since it’s virtually immune to any spills, bumps or knocks, it’s my street and sketchy-location guitar, but still is a true Martin with crisp bright tone, holds tune brilliantly, no intonation issues, and the sustain is amazing – best in my guitarsenal. Sounds like yours is just as sweet.
Loved the pic with Molly Tuttle, but Tony, lose the hat!
Awesome info… thanks. I believe that this Custom could stand up to any hard knocks.
A Taylor 517 from Eddie’s ?
Enjoyed today’s lesson but it went so fast. I will have to watch it again. Thanks
I really this week’s show, 12 bar blues, and learning about moveable closed positions. The neck of the guitar is starting to come alive for me and these things helped greatly. Tony gave out a website to go to for the full lesson on moveable closed positions, but even though I played it over several times – I can’t get it. Please email it to me. Thanks again – a great show from a great teacher – Doug B
My comment was to be, “I really enjoyed…..” I don’t know what happened to the work ‘enjoyed.’ – DB
Thanks for another great week of knowledge.corys music is beautiful,lick riff interesting.thanks see you for #83.i love your class.!!😂👍💡🥁🎸🎤💋💕☕️
Watching from Fort Myers Fa. I enjoy the show greatly and look forward to every Acoustic Tuesday. Thanks for the info.and humor.
I must say that it was Mrs. T who said, “you need to get one,” as we drove away fro the Thompson Guitar workshop. She is a gem.
Love your lessons, do u have lead guitar lessons???
Dread was on the label hmmm
Guys, I must be the brother of Gary from another mother. I have the same Preston Thompson Parlor 2. It is by far the guitar that makes me so happy. #smallwin Just finished build list (and paid) Christine for a another Preston Thompson Parlor 2, ADI/Rosewood with custom inlay of Sister Mountains (Where Preston Thompson is located) in the 12th position. David Peto from Preston Thompson selected the wood combo for mine and I can’t wait. I just can’t tell you how happy I am with the Preston Thompson team. Love working with them!
Gordon in Cincinnati, Ohio
Great show as always Tony and Noah.I have watched every one of them from Janesville,Wi.
I had to go way back in my memory bank when I saw the vehicle in the background of the Traveller band image.It was a Subaru Brat,a Pickup car like a El Camino that you basically do not see anymore.
Keep up the great informative show,lots of fun each week.
#Small wins: Had to get a crown on a tooth this past week. I knew that my dentist had a Martin but not sure what model tho’. As a gag, I got some molar shaped picks for him from pickguy.com and he loved it. When it came time to sit for a few minutes to let the crown cement cure, instead of letting me sit alone in the chair, we geeked out and talked guitarsenals. He has a Martin X series 12-string, his dad’s old Silvertone, a Les Paul, and a Roland. He did not know about you guys so I told him about Acoustic Life TV and Acoustic Tuesday. So I’ll be sure to follow up on my next visit to make sure that he checks out the website. Great show, keep up the good work.
PS Scotch tip, try the 16 yr old Scapa. It is a scotch that even a bourbon guy could love. BTW Laphroaig Quarter Cask is the elixir of life.
I live in Hollyweird (Hollywood) FL. I am self taught and have been playing for almost 40 years. I’ve played electric guitars almost exclusively, but since I began watching AT a couple of months ago, I was inspired to pull the 2 acoustics I own out of storage and spend quality time with them. In fact, I spent almost 3 weeks playing acoustic only each day. This has resulted in a #smallwin. In just these few weeks, my overall technique and skill has progressed more than it has in years. I didn’t even realize how much my playing had stagnated. I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for the acoustic guitar. The downside, however, is now I have to figure out where I’m going to come up with the cash to pay for an acoustic wing for my guitar arsonal.
Oh, you may have gotten this one before, but it’s so true for me. #youknowyoureaguitargeekwhen you have to pause before pulling a guitar out of it’s case to make sure it’s not one of the guitars the wife doesn’t know about.
Thanks and please keep the guitar geekyness coming.
Tone Talk, I change my strings once a month more or less depending on how much i play each guitar and i use (Dunlop 65 ultimate lemon oil) my question is how often should i use it on the fret board
jason from coventry england first time watching it wont be the last god bless all the guitar geeks
This is very helpful thanks
Thank u for putting these lessons for us
I am watching from Moses Lake in Eastern Washington State. This is my first time watching you guys are awesome and you seem to be more down to earth. I will have to introduce your show to my college Professor who is in a country band.
Just found you guys yesterday while going through YouTube looking for “How To” videos. I really liked the Guitarsinal idea and was immediately integrated in a shirt but I don’t want a big boxy t-shirt…. Can you guys come out with a fitted woman’s tank top? I live in Vegas and it is too hot for sleeves 🤣😜
*interested, not integrated… Stupid predictive text
thanks Tony awesome show
I love the “acoustic Tuesday” program! I live in Grand Haven, Michigan.
mark g , from lakeshore ,ONT . LOVE what you have here but i’m having trouble with finding time. I try to fit in 4-5 hrs a week. I will say I feel that I’ve gained some ground. THANKS
Mel, noble Oklahoma going to try some of the coffee beans from texas…
actually do. Perhaps I was just afraid I would fail at it and be wasting my time. But in 2018 I embarked on a weight loss journey that has changed my life. As I progressed in that journey, I began to look at everything differently, and reflect on the course of my life and things I had wanted to do but never accomplished. This has resulted in multiple #smallwins.
First, I purchased a Fender starter guitar, and began online lessons and YouTube videos. (This is how I discovered Acoustic Life TV and the Acoustic Tuesday show, which is in itself a #smallwin as far as I’m concerned.)
I soon decided I was all in, and worked extra overtime to save money and just after last Christmas I purchased a used Martin OMCPA4, which I Love.
I decided I needed to spend a little time learning guitar with an real live teacher for awhile. And the day after I received my Martin I began weekly lessons with a great teacher at a local music studio in my hometown of Marysville, WA. That has been a great experience and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
In May I attended the La Connor Guitar Festival in La Connor, WA, where I met many wonderful Luthiers who produced so many remarkable and innovative instruments, I was in Awe. In addition, I had the great fortune to watch Tony McManus play, and he was remarkable.
A couple of weeks ago I decided I needed a second guitar, one I could travel with that I wouldn’t worry about like I would my Martin if I ended up having to check it. I found a 2003 Dean 00R Sweetwood, a wonderful 12 fret guitar with a spruce top, rosewood back and sides and a mahogany neck. It was absolutely beautiful and sounded great. And the case it came with was practically bullet proof. Plus I picked it all up for a remarkable price. The first thing I did was restring it with new Marin Retro strings, and it now sounds incredible. I couldn’t be happier. With those two guitars, at least for now, my #Guitarsenal is complete. And I am taking that Dean with me when my wife and I head back to Denver for my 40th High School Reunion next month.
Finally, I donated my original Fender starter guitar to a local Thrift Store, so some other budding guitar geek who feels they can’t afford a guitar might pick that one up and be inspired.
I can’t tell you how much your show means to me, I watch it every week. I committed myself to six months of live lessons, which I am completing in a couple of weeks, and tonight I requested an invite to Tony’s Acoustic Challenge. I am looking forward to diving into that full steam.
Oh, and since January of 2018 I have lost 160 pounds.
Enjoyed your show and thanks for the 12 bar lesson I need to learn more.
AT80 I HOPE TO ENTERTAIN THE other old folk here in the old folks home 121 residents.
I am also learning to play the Banjo. All the best from KenRillie Duncan British Columbia
I’m left handed
Writing in from Upstate NY. I’m late to the party, but having a great time. Been practicing the closed-position lick that Tony taught at the beginning of the show and feeling pretty fancy! Thanks so much. This is my first time here, but it won’t be my last.