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Thanks for stopping by! Whether you are a beginner or experienced musician, righty or lefty, flat picker, fingerpicker, nylon, or steel-string guitarist, there’s something for everyone at theacousticguitarist.com.

About Marty

The site is owned and operated by Marty Banner. I’ve been messing around on guitars for almost 30 years and in that time have played in a bunch of different bands, written hundreds of songs, played a bunch of shows, and even owned my own business selling custom guitars.

I’ve spent most of my time on guitar as a singer-songwriter. I’ve played with some great guitarists over the years though, marveling at the dexterity and technical ability on show, but for me, the priority was always the song itself, at least up until a couple of years ago when I started to become more interested in honing my chops and becoming a better guitarist. Strangely enough, that was when I started playing less electric guitar and really got back to my roots, playing acoustic guitar almost exclusively.

While it’s been quite the journey from fumbling with cowboy chords on the acoustic guitar as a kid to fronting metal and hard rock bands as a vocalist and back again it’s nice to find myself in familiar territory with an acoustic guitar by my side.

I write all the content on the website and feel I have a unique perspective as someone who has always played and worked on guitars but has only recently come back to some of the more technical aspects of the guitar with regard to practice and music theory along with slightly more obscure aspects such as alternate tunings and playing slide. One thing I have found when it comes to the more formal aspects of guitar, particularly music theory is how few truly useful resources there are online for beginner guitarists.

Don’t get me wrong….there’s an ocean of great music content out there. But, some of the more well-established names in music education online such as Rick Beato for example (my favorite music channel online) tend to begin where most people haven’t yet gotten to yet e.g. much of the content assumes an existing knowledge of music theory that most beginners simply don’t have.

And that’s the goal of theacousticguitarist.com to encourage beginner guitarists to help hone their knowledge and skills on the guitar, rather than feeling overawed. I’ll be sharing what I learn (and re-learn) from the perspective of someone just starting out, and hope the information on the site helps you with your guitar journey.

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