10 MUST-FOLLOW Guitar Geeks on YouTube • Acoustic Tuesday 229

Are you struggling to find good guitar geeks on YouTube? Can’t find funny, inspirational, and interesting guitarists on YouTube? Check out this episode for a round-up of the 10 must-follow guitar geeks on YouTube!

There are thousands of guitar personalities on YouTube. How do you know who to watch, who gives good advice, and who you should steer clear of?

This list of must-follow guitar geeks includes some teachers, some musical artists, and usually a combination of both. All of their YouTube videos are informative, entertaining, and interesting.

Honestly, one of the filters I used is whether I’d want to hang out with these YouTube guitar personalities. Whether it was their sense of humor, their technical prowess, their approach to learning, or some combination of all of the above, this is my list of the 10 must-follow guitar geeks on YouTube.

These guitar geeks have wisdom to impart, regardless of whether you’re just starting your guitar journey or are years into it. I think they’re content is incredibly accessible, entertaining, and educational (most of the time!).

If you have a favorite guitar personality on YouTube, be sure to drop a comment below and let me know who they are! I am always excited to read your comments, and I look forward to exploring some new artists on YouTube!

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  1. Steve Stine…THE BEST TEACHER,ever!LOVE Brian at Active Melody,too! THANKS…Tony…Gina Tenore-Griffin

  2. You know Tony, it is is so good that you talk about other providers of guitar techniques online but also the warning about how this can distract you from playing (and even undermine it). As I love almost all forms of guitar music, I could spend forever watching them…but the need to practice just has to be the most important thing one can do. I have two other related points though I would like to mention. Can you tell us what we can do when we can’t practice? Travel is is an issue. Taking my guitar on vacatIon overseas is a bit of a non-starter and sometimes there is simply horrible WiFi (like last week). What can you recommend as a substitute? Did you ever use a “travel neck” for practice. I doubt it as I guess you would never go anywhere without one guitar. Are these devices a waste of time? They look pretty limited to frethand exercises. In addition, when not on vacation, I think I would play more often if I had others around me (that were available in the daytime – I’m retired) that liked to play stuff too. I have advertised but no-one really fits that bill. Old guys here in NZ just don’t seem to play guitar. So I see buskers everywhere using backing tracks to play to. Where can one get backIng tracks of different music/guitar genres? I have Ultimate Guitar Pro which is good for the chords but the backing tracks are not original or good enough to play to (electronically generated efforts). Can you help? Maybe you can do a review of these sites on one of your Acoustic Tuesdays?

  3. Tony I’m new to the Acoustic Challenge and as someone who taught myself how to play the guitar when I was 30, I am now 58 I’m am really enjoying your program. Great show today by the way. The 10+ minutes a day is great for me especially after driving my Big Rig, it’s a great day to unwind. I’m do the 30 day and am in my first week with the blues, it’s been great for me because I’ve always been a rhythm player or finger picker. Using a pick other than strumming has always been a challenge and I’ve never dabbled in any kind of leads with a pick. Just the few exercises you have in the blues section are strengthening me up and it’s noticeable so thanks. Got to do my 10+ now. Rock on!!!

  4. Hea Tony, one of the best A.T.s of all times, the most selfless way of being the person you are & a great guitar geek. The only other guitar geek that I ever saw mention other great instructors, was one of those you mentioned, Brian Sherrill from Active Melody. Another humble person. One geek I thought you would have mentioned was Justin Johnson, for the last year I have been focusing on slide guitar and he works for me. One more thing speaking of great goalies, Vasileskiy was getting a lot of hugs from his team in Chicago the other night. Great show Tony your friend Guy in Champa Bay FL.

  5. Great show Tony! Problem was that I was so intent on watching I didn’t think to make a list of your recommended Youtubers. Can you post the list? Thanks for all you do to help me stay engaged with my guitar.

    1. You can stop and start AT. Why not copy them down as you go along. I have a small file in which I capture such information. I don’t always look at it unless someone asks me a question I recall was on AT. So it’s helpful to do that. But don’t spend all day watching them. They will make you feel you might never be able to play as they are all so competent. Tony’s philosophy is all about practising regularly and becoming yourself, not becoming the guitarists we admire.

  6. I love Paul Davids, but he’s not someone I turn to when I want to learn something. His persona is engaging, I lived in the Netherlands as a kid so his accent is a comfort and a reminder of my youth, and his video presence polished and engaging. For me, he shows me guitar playing to aspire to, gives me a goal, a guitar mastery to achieve after all the other guitar teachers’ lessons bear fruit with my fingers. I’ll know I’ve become the guitar player I want to be when I can play like Paul Davids. He’s my North Star.

  7. Frankly most of this left me unimpressed. Absolutely agree with Paul Davis and Rick Beato. However I would put Darrell Brown in the list because I’ve learned a great deal from him both about guitars and theory, and gotten some good drills out of it, and I would put Justin Johnson at the top of the list for one reason. This guy plays a style of music that I absolutely can’t stand. I am no fan of the blues whatsoever. But every time I see him I am blown away by his musicianship. Plus, any guy that plays Furch guitars l, a shovel guitar, plays a guitar with a rattlesnake rattle on the bass strings and picks with his pinky on his right hand is clearly exceptional

  8. A great YouTube site to visit is actually a friend of Rick Beato. His name is Rhett Schull. Now he’s mostly an electric guitar guy but he has great acoustic chops too. AND he teaches us on a variety of topics., all guitar related, and a wealth of information.

  9. Angela Petrilli – great acoustic player who does a fantastic job breaking down songs into digestible chunks and showing you how to ply it.

  10. Hey Tony, there are a few guitarists on YouTube that I follow, but to save time and space I’ll just mention two. First is Taj Farrant from Australia, he’s a awesome young man. The second is, Justin Johnston He’s an amazing guitarist. Hope you enjoy watching them.
    Steve Bell

  11. Bravo Tony, your top ten list almost matches my own. Glad to learn about a couple of new names like Steve Terreberry. I’d like to give an honorable mention to Stich Method. Ian has a relaxed and down-to-earth style and has really inspired me, especially in the jam band approach to playing guitar.

  12. Thanks Tony, so much in this weeks Acoustic Tuesday show!
    If it sounds good, it is good! Wow, brilliance! What an encouragement to trust yourself on the journey!
    I already follow Mary, Paul and Rick and will check out the others you mentioned!
    But what about you! you forgot to include yourself for all the inspiration to playing and continuing to play, that you give us!
    Lastly, I’ve been thinking, if I’m ever going to get better in my playing, I’m going to have to play more! Like Tommy, all day every day! As much as I can! When ever I get or can make five minuets!
    Great to be part of the TAC family! Thanks!

  13. blah148 is one of my favorites on YouTube. He’s a great teacher with excellent song choices. Amazing player.

  14. Hi Tony, one of my absolute FAVs is Michael Watts. He is a fantastic mixture of playing, (I have learned so much mindset from him), deep diver into small bench luthiers including conversations with them, the occasional comparison, and just all around guitar geek goodness.