Welcome to the Acoustic Guitarist

About the Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar Blueprint

Learn more about your acoustic guitar, including acoustic guitar anatomy, tonewoods, body shapes, how guitars produce sound, and much more.

Acoustic Guitar Maintenance

Acoustic Guitar Maintenance

Learn several easy maintenance tasks you can do yourself without specialist tools or experience.

Recording Acoustic Guitar

Recording Acoustic Guitar

Resources for the home studio owner, wanting to record quality demos with a focus on acoustic guitar and vocals.

Buying an Acoustic Guitar

What to look for in an acoustic guitar

There’s a lot to consider when buying an acoustic guitar, even more so if this is your first guitar.

Guitar Theory

Guitar Chord Theory

Resources for the acoustic guitarist who wants to learn basic music theory without getting overly complex.

Acoustic Guitar Accessories

Clip on Guitar Tuner

Learn more about accessories available for the acoustic guitar including pickups, stands, and strings.


Man writing music on acoustic guitar

Interested in writing your own music? Click here to find free resources for those new to songwriting.

Alternate Tunings

Alternate Tunings for Acoustic Guitar

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


Acoustic Guitar Tonewoods

The wood your guitar is constructed from has a large influence on the sound of the guitar. Learn how different tonewoods affect tone.

Latest Acoustic Articles

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  • 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
  • Guitar Theory Resources
    Resources that will help you learn guitar theory faster, including information on how to read guitar tab, chord charts, and how to navigate the fretboard of your guitar.
  • Guitar Theory
    What Is Guitar Theory? At its heart music is the combination of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Music theory is the language used by musicians to understand and communicate these three concepts. Guitar theory is simply music theory applied to the guitar. What does Guitar Theory Include? Melody (the arrangement of single notes), in the context … Read more
  • What is a Half Diminished 7th Chord?
    Ever come across a chord written like this ø7 or perhaps m7b5 or even -7b5 and wondered what it was? It’s a half-diminished 7th chord also known as a minor 7 flat 5. This chord can seem confusing, but in reality, once you know how to put them together and where to use them they … Read more
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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.