Acoustic Guitars Strings Review

When you play guitar, you are always on the hunt for just the right set of strings for your musical expression.  Now that I’m back in an acoustic guitar swing, I have been on the hunt for just the right acoustic guitar strings and I’ll share my limited, but varied, journey with you now.

I learned over the past few weeks you just can’t beat the John Pearse acoustic strings. I use both the 600L and 700M sets and they both have such a wonderful chimey, echoey, glistening, chorus when you play that once you put them on, you’ll never want to take them off your guitar — even to change strings to the same strings!

Somehow, the John Pearse strings start off sounding grand and then only build their greatness as the weeks pass by — a complete reversal of the normal aging strings progression.  There’s some sort of magic going on, and the bright is right for focused experimentation.

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The Bright Art and Beauty of Slide Guitar in Open G Tuning

When you think of playing slide guitar, the main image that pops into many minds is the shining National Guitar resonator with its high action and tinny, vibrant, unmistakable Blues sound.

The Mississippi Delta
Was shining like a National guitar
I am following the river
Down the highway
Through the cradle of the Civil War

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Dunlop Jazz Tone 204 and 205 Picks Review

Dunlop makes a lot of great guitar gear and in this Boles Blues blog, we’ve previously reviewed the Dunlop Delrin picks and the Dunlop Ultex picks.  I don’t use picks much anymore now that I’ve moved on to chord melody and Jazz, but for those days when I need that “pick sound” I really like the Dunlop Jazz Tone 204 and 205 picks a friend sent me.

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The Blues Album that Roared: Warren Haynes Band Live at the Moody Theatre

I am crazy wild about Warren Haynes.  He’s a SuperGenius guitarist and composer and performer and he’s one of the greatest guys in the world.  How do I know the character of the man?  I follow his career.  I watch his interviews.  You can’t hide from his goodness.  Mean people try to mask who they really are and they are never successful.  Good people are open and welcoming and unpretentious.  Warren Haynes is one of the good guys.  Warren has a new Blues album that dropped this week — Warren Haynes Band Live at the Moody Theatre — and it is a rip-your-throat-out Blues album that is packed with a ferocious, and pleasing, energy.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator Review

Derek Trucks is a guitar player in the Allman Brothers Band with Warren Haynes.  Derek is also the nephew of Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks.  Derek Trucks is a SuperGenius musician.  Hey may not have an effervescent facial expression on stage, but his magnificent fingers prove the magic and the methodology of his work.  Derek is married to singer Susan Tedeschi and, together, they have formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band and their first album released dropped yesterday: Revelator.

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The Warren Haynes Man in Motion Review

We are big Warren Haynes fans and Warren’s latest solo album — Man in Motion — is available today for purchase.  Warren is in fine form here.  His guitar playing is relaxed and thoughtful.  He makes every moment count.

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Warren Haynes, Duane Allman and the Super Slide Slapdown

Today, in the spirit of — The Great Capo Showdown — we proudly present, “The Super Slide Slapdown!”  If you play guitar, you might be curious how to use a slide to give your sound that Bluesy, moaning, growl.  Our friend Warren Haynes — of Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and soon-to-be Man in Motion fame — can show you how to put your finger into a slide and play in video, or you can buy his new book and go page by page to learn slide guitar from the modern master.

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