Category: guitar


Great Videos about the Construction of a Classical Guitar…

This is a great video about the construction of a classical guitar:

Classical guitar making. My 24th guitar build

Highlights from making my classical guitar featuring the builder playing the finished instrument.

The back and sides of this guitar are Indian rosewood. The top is western red cedar. The neck is Spanish cedar. Fret board is Macassar ebony. The rosette is a maple burl.

Another video showing how a classical guitar has been built during a workshop within 10 days:

10 Day Guitar

Highlights of a guitar being built in 10 days in a private course with Robert O’Brien –

Additional Information

youtube channel of Stephen Boone

Website Stephen Boone Guitars:

youtube channel OBrien Guitars – Luthier Tips du Jour

fingerstyle guitar

Mickey Baker, Guitarist, Is Dead at 87 – Complete…

Mickey Baker, who was an influential guitarist, has died at the age of 87 in France.

He has played in many recordings and influenced many younger guitarists.

He has also published some widely used instruction books for jazz guitar:

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 1 (Ashley Publications)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 2 (Ashley Publications)

Jazz Guitar Micky Baker (Guitar Books)

There are many youtube videos available with the pieces and exercises from the jazz guitar books, and there is also an online course based on vol. 1 of this jazz guitar mehtod (see below).

McHouston (Mickey) Baker with Coleman Hawkins Quintet South Of France Blues.mp4

My Mickey Baker Playlist

I have listened to many videos with Mickey Baker and Mickey and Sylvia and compiled the following playlist with the best videos:

Additional Information

New York Times: Mickey Baker, Guitarist, Is Dead at 87

Mickey Baker, whose prickly, piercing guitar riffs were featured on dozens if not hundreds of recordings and helped propel the evolution of rhythm and blues into rock ’n’ roll, died on Tuesday at his home in Montastruc-la-Conseillère, near Toulouse in southwestern France. He was 87.

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Originally written for Fretboard Journal Magazine

Wikipedia about Mickey Baker:

Great playlist with  recordings of the examples from the Mickey Baker jazz method by Rob MacKillop:

Mickey Baker Lesson 2 – Rob MacKillop

Online Lessons using Mickey Baker’s method:

Advanced Guitar Study Group

Using The Classic

“Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar – Book 1”

Presented by

Michael Joyce and the Texas Fingerstyle Guitar Association

Mickey Baker books at amazon (partnerlink)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 1 (Ashley Publications)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 2 (Ashley Publications)



electric guitar

Bert Weedon – The Guitar Sound of the Sixties…

On April 20,  2012 Bert Weedon has passed away. Weedon was a very influetial guitarist in Great Britain, his instructional book Play in a Day has served many important guitarists including Paul McCarney and Eric Clapton to learn to play their instrument.


Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon, OBE (10 May 1920 – 20 April 2012) was an English guitarist whose style of guitar playing was popular and influential during the 1950s and 1960s. He was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the UK Singles Chart, in 1959, and his best-selling tutorial guides, Play in a Day, were a major influence on many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page.[1][2][3][4] He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for his “services to music”.[1]

Bert Weedons sound was very special, and who grew up during the 60s like me will certainly know some of his recordings. I liked to hear again his tunes Albatross and Apache. 

In the following video you find some information about Play in a Day:


Bert Weedon recounts the tremendous succes of his guitar playing textbook : ” Play in a Day “.



Additional Information

New York Times: Bert Weedon, Guitar Teacher to a Generation, Dies at 91:

Wikipedia about Bert Weedon:

Amazon Partnerlink: Bert Weedon’s Play in a Day: Guide To Modern Guitar Playing



The Invention of the Electric Guitar – Great Online…

Electric guitars were first used during the 1930s, today an electric guitar can be found in almost every rock band.

A great online feature about the invention of the electric guitar can be found at the site of the Lemelson Center:

Sometimes, but typically it is a far more complex process. Amplifying the sound of a guitar by means of electricity, for example, involved many inventors and musicians working since the 1920s to develop, design, and popularize a louder instrument.

The electric guitar may be the most important and popular instrument of the last half-century in American music. Certainly its introduction brought a major change to American musical technology and has shaped the sound and direction of modern musical styles.

About the Lemelson Center

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History through a generous gift from the Lemelson Foundation.

The Lemelson Center’s mission:

  • To document, interpret, and disseminate information about invention and innovation
  • To encourage inventive creativity in young people
  • To foster an appreciation for the central role of invention and innovation in the history of the United States

In the archive of British Pathe you can find movies with some of the first electric guitars in the world. I have previously written about those videos (see below). For this post I have selected a movie about the making of an electric guitar in Great Britain in 1965:


History of the Guitar – Playlist

Additional information

More historical movies about electric guitars on the site of British Pathe: