How to Play Guitar: Acoustic Instrumental

Watch How to Play Guitar: Acoustic Instrumental

  • 2008
  • 1 Season

Many music fans purchase an expensive guitar in hopes of becoming the next Kurt Cobain, only to have it rotting in the back of their closet because they can't figure out how to play it. How to Play Guitar: Acoustic Instrumental is an easy to follow mini series that teaches rock star hopefuls how to play the acoustic guitar.

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How to Play So Long Michael by Pierre Bensusan
7. How to Play So Long Michael by Pierre Bensusan
February 20, 2008
So Long Michael is Pierre Bensusan's tribute to Michael Hedges from 2001's Intuite album, originally composed around an improvised performance. In this iVideosongs title, Pierre demonstrates many of the challenging elements of the song including right hand technique, timing, ornaments, and chord fingering. Played on a steel string acoustic in DADGAD tuning, So Long Michael is a great challenge for advanced-level players.
How to Play Silent Passenger by Pierre Bensusan
6. How to Play Silent Passenger by Pierre Bensusan
February 20, 2008
Silent Passenger was recorded by Pierre Bensusan on his 2001 album Intuite. In this iVideosongs title, Pierre explains the structure of the song and demonstrates many of the techniques and ornaments used by the right and left hand. Advanced finger-style players will enjoy learning this song from a modern era virtuoso, played on a steel string acoustic in DADGAD tuning.
How to Play Silent Fool by Erik Mongrain
5. How to Play Silent Fool by Erik Mongrain
January 14, 2008
The Silent Fool was written by modern acoustic guitarist and "lap tap" master Erik Mongrain and is based on the "DADGAD" tuning. In this iVideosongs title, Erik discusses how seemingly unlikely influences can affect the composition process and demonstrates his right hand tapping and harmonic technique. The Silent Fool features a wealth of composition and technical ideas while presenting a unique challenge for the advanced-level player.
How to Play Lap-Tapping Basics by Erik Mongrain
4. How to Play Lap-Tapping Basics by Erik Mongrain
March 27, 2008
Erik Mongrain has become a noteworthy solo guitarist in recent years, known for his memorable compositions such as Airtap, Equilibrium, Silent Fool, and unique tapping technique. In this iVideosongs tutorial, Erik Mongrain shows the techniques used in his compositions including right hand tapping, percussive techniques, altered tuning, hand positioning, and harmonics. Erik also talks about his early musical influences and the development of his own career. This tutorial is perfect for intermediate to advanced-level players who are interested in learning innovative techniques which can open up exciting new possibilities on the guitar.
How to Play L'Alchemist by Pierre Bensusan
3. How to Play L'Alchemist by Pierre Bensusan
February 20, 2008
L'Alchimiste is virtuoso finger-style guitarist Pierre Bensusan's composition from his 2001 album Intuite. In this iVideosongs title, Pierre discusses the development of his playing style with DADGAD tuning, demonstrates important aspects of right hand technique, and provides suggestions for using effects such as vibrato and rest stroke to achieve a pleasing tone. Advanced-level finger style players will enjoy the challenge presented by this melodic piece.
Hw to Play Equilibrium by Erik Mongrain
2. Hw to Play Equilibrium by Erik Mongrain
January 14, 2008
Modern acoustic guitarist and "lap tap" master, Erik Mongrain, shows you how to play his song Equilibrium. This advanced-level, medium-tempo song can be played with a single steel string acoustic guitar with a unique G tuning (The strings are tuned G A D E A E from low to high). In this iVideosongs title, Erik shows how he uses altered tunings to create dramatic, uncommon sounds from a standard six string acoustic guitar. Erik also uses Equilibrium to show how to play his extraordinary right hand percussion technique.
How to Play Airtap by Erik Mongrain
1. How to Play Airtap by Erik Mongrain
January 14, 2008
Modern acoustic guitarist and "lap tap" master Erik Mongrain shows you how to play his song AirTap, from the 2006 album, Fates. This advanced-level, medium-tempo song can be played with a single steel string acoustic guitar tuned to an unusual Open F tuning (the strings are tuned F A C F C F from low to high). This unique style of playing involves left-hand rhythm patterns with percussive harmonic parts played with the right hand. This is an ideal study for the intermediate to advanced acoustic guitarist looking to broaden their techniques.
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Many music fans purchase an expensive guitar in hopes of becoming the next Kurt Cobain, only to have it rotting in the back of their closet because they can't figure out how to play it. How to Play Guitar: Acoustic Instrumental is an easy to follow mini series that teaches rock star hopefuls how to play the acoustic guitar.

  • Premiere Date
    January 14, 2008