Hey, I’m Marty and I’ve been more or less obsessed with music for as long as I can remember.

My earliest memories are of walking around my parent’s farm composing melodies in my head to keep myself entertained.


A failed experience on the keyboard was followed, shortly after, by the acquisition of my first acoustic guitar (a beat-up 12 string Hondo) after becoming inspired by Joe Satriani’s – Always with me, always with you.

But it really wasn’t until I bought my first CD at the ripe old age of 13 (Tommy Emmanuel’s ‘up from down under’) that I really fell in love with the acoustic guitar.

It’s funny though. While I’ve always admired guitarists with great technical ability such as Jimmy Page (Led Zepellin III was a staple), Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins, and the greats of the electric guitar including SRV, Clapton, Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani. I resonated more with singer-songwriters, especially those who dabbled more on the acoustic side of the coin, artists such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and later on Jeff Wilson, John Mayer, and in my humble opinion at least, the greatest of all, Chris Cornell.

Why do I do this?

I’ve always wanted to make music my job. I had dreams of being a professional songwriter. I played guitar and vocals, and later became the songwriter in a number of bands around my local area. But aside from doing well in a few battles of the bands, selling a few CDs and generating a decent local following things never seemed to really progress much further.

So, I changed course and built up and ran my own business selling guitars online and then later discovered blogging where I’ve been able to share everything I’ve learned from some of the great musicians, engineers, and songwriters I’ve been fortunate enough to know along the way.

I hope you find the information here useful. Much of what I write about has less to do with becoming a guitar guru, instead, I prefer to talk about music theory, alternate tunings, songwriting and recording, and the practical aspect of acoustic guitars including how they work and how to get the best out of them.

If you have any questions or just want to get in touch, feel free to email me at marty@theacousticguitarist.com

I run the site myself, so it can take 2-3 days for me to reply, but it’s always great to hear from readers of the site.