When I first decided to build my first acoustic guitar from a guitar kit, I knew it was going to be a challenge. Looking back now, though, I realize that I didn’t have a clue what I was getting myself into.
Don’t get me wrong…I am LOVING putting this acoustic guitar together! So far it’s been an amazing experience. However, considering I have little instrument-building experience, I feel like I’m a blind man trying to get through a maze.
That’s why I solicited the help of my friend Dave Appel, owner of Scanlon Bros Guitars. I realized that I would learn so much more from this experience if I had the assistance of an experienced luthier like Dave instead of fumbling around by myself.
I finally did it! I purchased my first acoustic guitar kit that I look forward to building over these next couple months and I couldn’t be more excited.
I’ve bought a number of guitars over the years and although some have been expensive, I’ve never had the finances to buy a custom guitar. That just changed today and although I know I’ll have to put it together first, it still feels amazing.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to build your own guitar or maybe you just want to enjoy watching somebody like me make a fool of themselves doing it. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy this Guitar Adventures series on building a guitar from kit.
Although guitar strumming patterns can be very diverse for many purposes, even the fastest flat picker cannot match the complexity and richness of fingerpicking guitar. At some point in your playing career it makes sense to expand your abilities and learn how to play fingerstyle guitar.
This guide outlines 6 essential steps to a solid basic fingerpicking technique, which is invaluable if you want to progress to more complicated arrangements and picking patterns. The obvious difference between playing guitar with a plectrum (pick) compared to using our fingers is that, no matter how fast the plectrum moves, it can never pluck more than one string at a time.
For most of my life, I’ve always used a monitor wedge on stage to hear the band mix while playing my guitar on a gig. The idea of in-ear monitors seemed out of reach, particularly when it came to the price tag. After all, I’m just a regular ‘ol guitar player, not a pro.
Earlier this year I was able to get my hands on a pair of and I’ve spent about two months testing them out in a number of different situations – on stage, on an airplane or on a run. They are a good combination of quality and affordability, and it’s the first time I’ve been able to ditch the on-stage “wedge” for the in-ear monitors.
Perhaps, like me, you’re in the market for some good in-ear monitor earphones but yo