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Buying an Acoustic Guitar

Buying an Acoustic Guitar

There’s a lot to consider when buying an acoustic guitar, learn why good acoustic guitars cost more, some great underrated brands, and much more.

Acoustic Guitar Accessories

Acoustic Guitar Accessories

Learn more about the huge range of accessories available for the acoustic guitar including pickups, tuners, guitar picks, and more.

Acoustic Guitar Strings

Acoustic Guitar Strings

Learn about acoustic guitar strings including articles on how acoustic and electric guitar strings differ, how guitar strings affect tone, and more.

Guitar Maintenance

Acoustic Guitar Maintenance

Learn several easy maintenance tasks you can do yourself including how to adjust your guitar’s neck, how to restring your guitar, and more.

Recording Acoustic Guitar

Recording Acoustic Guitar

Resources for the home studio owner, including how to record using a smart device, choosing the best microphone for acoustic guitar, and more.

Guitar Theory

Guitar Theory

Resources for the acoustic guitarist learning basic music theory. Learn how to get started, how to read tab, how to learn the notes of the fretboard, and more.

Chord Theory

Guitar Chord Theory

Resources for the acoustic guitarist learning chord theory. Learn the most common guitar chords, how to read chord charts, and which chords work together, and more.

Guitar Scale Theory

Guitar Scales

Resources for the acoustic guitarist learning guitar scales and how to use them to become. better musician. Learn the theory behind scales, how to read scale diagrams and more.

The CAGED System

The CAGED System

Learn the basics of the CAGED system. Lean how to play chords accross the neck, along with scales, arpeggios and more.

Alternate Tunings

Alternate Tunings for Acoustic Guitar

Learn the basics of a number of alternate tunings including drop D, double drop D, DADGAD, open E tuning, and more.

Songwriting

Man writing music on acoustic guitar

Interested in writing your own music? Click here to find free resources for songwriting on the acoustic guitar.

Latest Acoustic Articles

  • Caged System Chords
    If you want to play chords up and down the neck the CAGED system is essential learning for beginner guitar players. In the following article, we’re going to take a closer look at each of the 5 basic chord shapes (aka forms) that make up the CAGED system on guitar, provide some tips on how … Read more
  • Caged System Scales
    Many guitarists associate the CAGED system solely with barre chords, but, as the notes that are used to construct chords are derived from the chord’s corresponding scale (which surrounds the chord’s shape on the fretboard) we can also utilize the CAGED system for playing scales, opening up the fretboard for more expansive playing. This article … Read more
  • What is the CAGED System [The CAGED System Explained]
    So, you’ve mastered your basic open chords but are beginning to feel confined to the first four frets of your guitar neck? Wondering how you will ever learn to play chords and licks over the entire fretboard like your favorite guitarists appear to do so effortlessly?  Fear not, in the following series we’re going in-depth … Read more
  • The F Chord On Guitar – 5 Easy Alternative Voicings
    F Major is a chord that presents a bit of a headache for beginner guitarists but there’s no way around it, to progress on the guitar you’ll have to get comfortable playing it. In the following article, we’re going to explain why F Major is such a challenging chord, and provide some useful tips for … Read more
  • 9 Underrated Acoustic Guitar Brands
    In the market for a new acoustic guitar but looking for something more affordable than the big three of Martin, Taylor, and Gibson. Fear not, it’s truly a golden era for affordable acoustic guitars, and in today’s article, we’re going to take a closer look at 9 of the most underrated acoustic guitar brands available. … Read more
  • What is an Electric Acoustic Guitar?
    If you’re new to the acoustic guitar, you don’t need me to tell you there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to the terminology associated with the many different types of guitars available. From dreadnoughts, concert guitars, and parlors, to resonators, 12 strings, and short-scale guitars there’s a lot of different options … Read more
  • The Most Common Guitar Chords
    When first learning guitar it’s important to learn and play songs. Scales and exercises that improve dexterity and coordination between your picking and fretting hands definitely have their place, but incorporating real music into your practice routine is essential to assist with your technique, and even more importantly timing. With that in mind, in today’s … Read more
  • Buying An Acoustic Guitar Online
    At the time of publishing this article, many are still experiencing lockdowns and/or some form of restriction. Yet, at the same time, guitar sales have skyrocketed! with 1.6 million acoustic guitars sold in the US alone in the past year. All that extra time at home has led more people to pick up the guitar. … Read more
  • Why Refrains And Choruses Are Different And How To Use Them
    In a recent article on common song structures, we briefly touched on choruses and refrains. And, while both terms are often used interchangeably, and share some similarities, there are differences, at least based on the evolution of refrains from poetry and screenplay. In today’s article, we’re going to explain these differences, show some examples, and … Read more
  • What are 7th chords?
    When learning guitar, the first chords you are likely to encounter are major and minor triads, chords that consist of three notes. But what chords should you learn next? Usually, the answer is 7th chords. But what are 7th chords exactly? If you are looking for a quick overview: 7th chords are triads with an … Read more
About Marty

My name's Marty, I've been into guitars for over 30 years. Theacousticguitarist.com is my blog where I write about acoustic guitars, music, and home recording.