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
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Featured in This Episode…
#4 5 Tips For Acoustic Guitar Summer Safety
- Storage – Case covers, use case, look for a guitar that is not susceptible to temperature and humidity fluctuations
- Temperature – Watch temperature fluctuations, watch the campfire, Be careful of the tent and the car. (gig bags, keep it with you)
- Bug Spray or Sun Tan Lotion – Don’t come into contact with your finish. Use a sweatshirt, or compression sleeves (James Morrison Recommended)
- Sap – Be aware of where you place your guitar, and where you are resting it or even just sitting and playing it.
- Dirty Hands – Hand sanitizer or wipes to help the strings not get destroyed.
#3 Waverly Tuners Review
Buy Waverly Strap Buttons On Amazon
Learn More About Waverly Strap Buttons
#2 Featured Artist: Alexa Rose
Listen To Alexa Play Travelin’ Heart
Listen To The Song Low And Lonesome
Watch Alexa Play Her Song “Medicine For Living” At Merlefest
#1 Meet A Guitar Geek Whose Father Inspired Her Acoustic Life
We say in our central Florida acoustic jam circles that, if you put a banjo on your dashboard, you can park in the Handicap spaces.
Rick in San Francisco here. Tents? RVs? Campfires? With great respect to the memory of John Denver, “Thank God I’m a City Boy.”
I was looking for sites to tune a ukelele when i found Tony P. I traded my 40yr old guitar for a uke. Why? Because i am a pianist 60 yrs and EVERY one played guitar in 1971, didnt they? I took 7 yrs of classical lessons but still cant play. Havent played in 15 years. Neck is too wide. Hands are too small. But i wanted a portable instrument. I dont travel with my grand piano and i cant carry my 40# keyboard anymore. So one of my piano students said, i want your guitar and i will find you the sweetest sounding uke and you will be very happy. They did and i was. It is beautiful with a gorgeous timbre.
I learned more in two Tony P videos than i learned in 7 yrs of guitar from 3 teachers. THANK YOU!
I was so confused about the fretboard. It’s like reading movable clef with each string on a different key. Im a visual learning on piano (obviously) and i need to be an aural (workin at it) learner.
So i tuned the uke. Im adjusting my LH position. Ive learned 4 chords and Amazing Grace. I need a position chart for uke. I need to “see” the fingers and dots where they go. It is also obvious that i need lots of scale practice. I loved the program on the “patterns”. I had no idea. MAGIC!
Thanks Tony. Im still a brilliant pianist (for my age and health), but i am very impressed with your geek club. I think uke in older years is a good idea. Thanks. Reaching out to you and Noah with hugs.
MaryAnn S Reid, Cadenza Cottage, Portland, MI
Bottom Line – Never take any guitar you care about camping. Buy a cheap Yamaha or something to use and abuse instead.
BTW, I mentioned Yamaha only because their cheap models are actually pretty nice to play.
Andy from Oregon here. Glad to know about Alexa Rose. I can’t wait to dig deeper into her music. Do you guys know Nicole Freshley? Check out her YouTube channel: . She has a gorgeous voice, writes lovely songs and covers some great songs as well. I discovered her while searching for versions of “The Night Herding Song”.
I loved your show.your artist Alexa rose so pretty.i love the Waverly strap buttons.noah Hackman looks tired.maybe all those kids.that he is the father of,can be stressful.thanks for your show.i have been very busy.but I will have time to work on learning after next week. Thanks for your show.!! Happy 4th of July.!!😁👍💡🎸🎤🎸☕️
Well I downloaded 2 Joy Williams albums. Great tunes. She can sing and play. Lyrics? Maxed out on unanchored love songs to an extremely non specific ‘you’.
Hey, Tony and Noah, I’ve been flipping back and forth between current ALs and the first 10 episodes of AL. On #97 you featured a trivia question about John Fahey. On another episode (I have to think it was one of the first 10) you mentioned “The Search for Blind Joe Death” movie. Well…..I went to Amazon last night and, being a prime member, was able to watch the movie in its entirety. It was an inspiring but also sad story. I think one comment during the movie captured the essence. I don’t remember who was being interviewed but he said (paraphrasing) that although John died at 61, he lived his life on his terms and, had he known that he would have died at such an early age, he wouldn’t have changed the way he lived one iota. One thing for sure. He left behind some awesome music.
Larry (an old 72 year old guitar geek)
#smallwin…..on a recent camping trip, I was approached by another guitar geek that I did not know previously because he saw I was wearing a Martin Guitar T-shirt. We struck up a long guitar geek conversation that was awesome. I told him about Tony’s Acoustic Challenge and he may join. Guitar geeky awesomeness everywhere!
THank You, I love your show. I atopes taking lessons because of Covid. I found you. I had been taking classical lessons. This is when I started to research the fret board . I was feeling like I would never be able to play. Your show has opened up my learning so much. Thank you.
I hung a guitar hanger on the end of my deck closest to the fire pit so my guitar always has a home when not being played. when going somewhere else i pack along one of the $40 folding stands that keep it off the ground.