Acoustic Tuesday Show with Tony Polecastro
6 MUST-HAVE Acoustic Guitar Effects+How to Use ‘Em! ★ Acoustic Tuesday 186

6 MUST-HAVE Acoustic Guitar Effects+How to Use ‘Em! ★ Acoustic Tuesday 186

May 11, 2021

Worried that you can't use effects pedals on acoustic guitar? Or that you're going to use the wrong ones? This video will have 6 side-by-side comparisons of effects pedals, how they work, and how they sound on an acoustic guitar!

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The land of effects pedals is typically ruled by electric guitar players. But, it's time that you start to feel comfortable with using effects on the acoustic guitar!

Using effects pedals can unlock TONS of creative potential on your acoustic guitar. To help you understand this, the video will have side-by-side comparisons of what an acoustic guitar sounds like with 6 different effects pedals.

The last thing I want you to do is by a pedal you'll never use. The demos on this video will give you a wide brush-stroke of what these pedals can do for your guitar and your sound.

As always, you'll also hear about Tony's Acoustic Challenge Members and how they TAC, as well as the latest acoustic guitar news you can use!

Highlights this week include Watchhouse , The North American Guitar and their new digital magazine, and plenty more!

5 Guitar Lessons from Mariachi Music  ★ Acoustic Tuesday 185

5 Guitar Lessons from Mariachi Music ★ Acoustic Tuesday 185

May 4, 2021

Ever looked at an instrument and thought, "What can I learn from this thing?" Today, we're looking at the instruments used in Mariachi Music and how you can get inspired to try new things on your guitar after studying these instruments!

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From the more familiar bajo sexto to the vihuela, this video will take a close look at the instruments that make up a traditional mariachi music. From there, you'll join me in the studio to see how you can apply instrument-specific techniques to the acoustic guitar.

You'll learn how to arpeggiate like mariachi harp, strum like a vihuela player, and provide rock solid rhythm like a bajo sexto player!

In addition to looking at guitar lessons from mariachi music, you'll hear about how TAC Family members overcame their fear of playing for others. It's not always easy to put yourself out there, but after hearing this story, I think you'll be a little more inspired.

Last but not least, you'll hear from Daisy Tempest of Tempest Guitars on how to design a custom guitar. You'll also hear about The Infamous Stringdusters new album and Submarine Pickups' new state-of-the-art pickup technology!  

Is this INSTANT vintage guitar-making technique a scam? ★ Acoustic Tuesday 184

Is this INSTANT vintage guitar-making technique a scam? ★ Acoustic Tuesday 184

April 27, 2021

I am so excited to share this with you, I just had to make a video about it! This is the easiest way EVER to make a vintage guitar. The process involves torrefaction which is like smoking meat: drying out the wood but at high temperatures instead of low ones (yes, that's what smoking does too!).

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Torrefaction produces an authentic-looking finish that feels and sounds like old-growth timber. I couldn't believe how simple it was when I saw the pictures and heard the results.

On today's episode of Acoustic Tuesday, you're going to have the chance to evaluate whether this simple technique can create an instant vintage-sounding guitar.

By using this rapid-aging technique, luthiers have been able to create guitars that sound almost identical to some of the most universally loved guitars: prewar Martins and Gibsons.

Once we're done discussing torrefaction, you'll get to hear about TAC Family member Jo and her guitar journey.

Last but certainly not least, I'll fill you in on some of the latest guitar geek news and announcements.

10 Best Acoustic Duo Albums Ever Recorded ★ Acoustic Tuesday 183

10 Best Acoustic Duo Albums Ever Recorded ★ Acoustic Tuesday 183

April 20, 2021

There's nothing like two musicians, in a room together, with just their voices and instruments. This video will cover the 10 BEST Acoustic Dio albums ever recorded. If I left your favorite one out, be sure to leave a comment!

Here's the Spotify Playlist featuring my favorite songs from the featured albums:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2yqwz33TEAJZ1UpZTwWVWq?si=W6RXf020TdukEkBtrEwAWQ

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All of the albums I picked were selected because they are outstanding. I had to leave tons of albums out of the list, but I believe this list has 10 of the best examples of musicianship and collaboration in acoustic music.

In this video, you'll also have the chance to hear from TAC Family member Kurt. After struggling to find a way to fit guitar into his life, he's thriving and collaborating with family and friends through music! 

For our acoustic guitar news you can use, you'll hear from  @Heartbreaker Guitars  on their latest Bourgeois arrival that is just truly stunning. You'll also hear  @Trey Hensley playing his new  @Thompson Guitars .

Technique Check: You Still Fretting Like This? ★ Acoustic Tuesday 182

Technique Check: You Still Fretting Like This? ★ Acoustic Tuesday 182

April 13, 2021

If you're a guitar player, improper fretting technique can cause frustration, injury, and fatigue. All of these things can hold you back from achieving your guitar goals. In this video, I'll show you how to fix your fretting problem! 

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Fretting technique gets overlooked too often when you play guitar. In reality, having proper fretting technique sets you up for sustained success and enjoyment on your guitar journey.

So...why would you continue to play with improper fretting technique? Sometimes the answer to this question lies in the complexity of fretting technique. 

To make things easy, this video will break down fretting technique by addressing the 3 most common problems I see with guitar players of all ages and sizes. I'll offer a few solutions for each problem, as well as a possible solution if none of these technique checks improve your sound!

In addition to learning how to fret the guitar properly, I've got plenty of guitar news that you can use! From new music to drool-worthy guitars, you're not going to want to skip this week's segment!

Credits:
Eric Bibb - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gsPyQWXAc0
Larrivee Guitars - https://www.instagram.com/p/CMc6yv7MJ_Q/
Adrian Bellue - https://www.instagram.com/adrianbellue/
Amber Russell - https://www.instagram.com/amberrussellmuzic/?hl=en
Tommy Emmanuel and Hensley + Ickes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPdwqQG2tb0

8 Guitar Builders Revolutionizing Acoustic Guitar ★ Acoustic Tuesday 181

8 Guitar Builders Revolutionizing Acoustic Guitar ★ Acoustic Tuesday 181

April 6, 2021

Acoustic guitars are some of the most popular instruments in the world, and there's a reason for that! It's because they're incredibly versatile. In this video, we'll be looking at 8 acoustic guitar builders who have revolutionized the way these instruments sound.

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Now, I want to be clear about something: we're not talking about Martin or Gibson copies. You know what these guitars are.

Instead, we're talking about modern acoustic guitars. And to kick things off, there's no better place to start than with Ervin Somogyi. From there, we'll explore seven more luthiers who are changing the game when it comes to making some of the finest, high-quality guitars. 

Thank you to Heartbreaker Guitars for providing the Acoustic Guitar newscast today, and special thanks to Jon Gomm for being an incredible human being

Make Guitar Practice AUTOMATIC w/ These Tips ★ Acoustic Tuesday 180

Make Guitar Practice AUTOMATIC w/ These Tips ★ Acoustic Tuesday 180

March 30, 2021

Rule #1: Don't call it guitar practice. I'm serious. Start calling it "guitar playing." Here's why…

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Playing evokes fun, discovery, and enjoyment. Practice can conjure up some nasty associations with time limits and exercising.

Okay, now that you got that first mental reframe out of the way, let's move into how you can make your guitar playing AUTOMATIC with 6 simple steps.

My goal for this episode is to get you feeling like you can play your guitar automatically — in the same way you don't think about brushing your teeth every day…you just do it.

By using habit building, micro-routines, and plenty of other techniques, you can make your guitar playing habit as automatic as eating or brushing your teeth!

Pretty soon, if you follow these steps, you'll feel word NOT playing the guitar.

In addition to talking about playing habits, you'll also hear about a Tony's Acoustic Challenge Family member who has some exciting news to share about her progress…

6 Steps To Nail Your First Open Mic Performance ★ Acoustic Tuesday 179

6 Steps To Nail Your First Open Mic Performance ★ Acoustic Tuesday 179

March 23, 2021

You think you can't do it. You're not good enough. You don't have the experience to compete with people who've been doing this for years. But I'm here to tell you that YOU CAN DO IT! So if your goal is to nail your first open mic performance, then check out these 6 steps.

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I think the best way to frame this is by telling you about my first open mic experience.

I was drunk, not prepared, my gear was broken, my song was unfinished, I got easily distracted, didn't have fun, and I tried to do everything alone.

Now, I want to tell you what you need to do to prevent this nightmare-ish experience from happening to you. That's why this video will provide a step-by-step guide to help you have the best open mic experience possible.

I'm also covering some big news announcements, including…

  • Gibson's new factory expansion in Bozeman (footage courtesy of @Acoustic Letter )
  • Thompson Guitars new Billy Strings Model
  • Mule Resonator Guitars
  • Heartbreaker Guitars and Eddie's Guitars new inventory
SPEECHLESS - 10 Celtic Guitarists You NEED to Hear! ★ Acoustic Tuesday 178

SPEECHLESS - 10 Celtic Guitarists You NEED to Hear! ★ Acoustic Tuesday 178

March 16, 2021

Listening to Celtic guitar and Irish guitar can introduce you to a whole host of new sonic experiences and principles that you may not be aware of. In this video, I'm diving into 10 must-hear Celtic guitarists that have left me speechless and my mind BLOWN! 🤯

 

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One of the best ways to learn a new genre or style of music is to find the most inspirational players and listen to them. So, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I'm highlighting 10 inspirational Celtic guitarists that just absolutely blew me away.

I've learned a ton about Irish and Celtic music in preparation for this episode, and I'm excited to share with you some of my discoveries about the rich musical history and tradition of these genres.

In addition to celebrating St. Patrick's Day with you, I want to revisit a topic we talked about a few weeks back: practicing 10 minutes a day. I have an exciting story to share with you that should help dispel any doubts about the TAC Method.

Last but not least, I've got my weekly picks of the acoustic guitar news you can use! 

5 Non-Guitar Instruments to Help You Learn Guitar ★ Acoustic Tuesday 177

5 Non-Guitar Instruments to Help You Learn Guitar ★ Acoustic Tuesday 177

March 9, 2021

In this video, I'll show you some alternative instruments that will help you learn the basics of playing guitar. These 5 non-guitar instruments are great for beginners and even experienced players who want to learn something new.

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If you've been struggling to learn how to play guitar, then I recommend learning some of the basics on these other instruments. These five non-guitar instruments can really help you get your fingers and ears in shape without ever touching a guitar!

From the humble mandolin to the harmonica, I'll highlight what I've learned from each of these instruments.

My hope is that you can walk away from this episode feeling inspired and excited to learn a new instrument — all in the hopes of finding fun, focus, and progress on your guitar journey!

In addition to seeing which 5 non-guitar instruments can help you learn guitar, I want to tell you about C.J. from within the TAC Family and how he's finding progress on his guitar journey.

Finally, I'll introduce you to Sierra Hull's new YouTube release, Eli West's new album, and Jeremy Garrett's Circles album as well.

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