Brand new Workshop room announced for 2016

NEW to 2016 is our Workshop room, where you can learn from the experts in an up close and personal setting.

Dutch Guitarist/Producer Evert Zeevalkink is an Eastman Artist with the talent to get the best out of both the instruments, the artists and the gear he uses.

In his workshop, you can see the master at work and learn how to make the most of these tiny boxes, exploring new territory with your playing.

Evert's worshop will run on Saturday and Sunday at both 11.20 and 13.20.

You can also watch the UK Public Premiere of Martin's Ballad of the Dreadnought documentary in our brand new Workshop room at 12.20 and 15.20 on both days at the show. Martin's dreadnought has become perhaps the archetypal acoustic guitar outline, and with 100 years of history behind its belt, Martin has seen fit to honour it with a documentary film. Main stage artist Richard Gilewitz will also be holding a ukulele workshop on both days at 14.20. Beginners will easily pick up the techniques while advanced uke players will experience the fun of fingerstyle patterns and will hone their playing.
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Wolfram to launch new, affordable Artist Series slides at LAS

Wolfram: Perfecting the interface between you and your guitar On its own, a guitar makes no sound.  It is your fingers, your pick, your slide and your technique that coax the tone from the instrument.  Since 2012, Wolfram has been developing the finest innovative tools and accessories available to help you perfect that interface and zero in on your unique tone. For the classical and fingerstyle player, Wolfram offer the Precision : Crystal range of nail files.  Uniquely developed specifically for guitarists, these are the highest-quality crystal nail files in the world and feature a unique pressure-sensitive filing surface designed to shorten, shape and leave a beautiful, smooth, sealed nail finish – no need for further buffing or polishing.  You’ll be astonished at the difference a great nail finish can make to your tone! Wolfram’s award winning tungsten carbide guitar slides have earned their reputation as the finest in the world.  For the first time at the London Acoustic Show 2016, you can now experience the new, affordable Artist Series slides.  Based on a core of marine-grade stainless steel, finished and polished by hand to a mirror sheen for effortless playing feel and unbelievably clean tone, these slides are now available with a choice of stunning aerospace coatings for incredible durability and ultra-low friction performance. Sticking with the slide theme, this year’s show also sees the launch of the very first Wolfram lap steel tonebars, a new range of innovative finger slide designs and the unique Wolfram Precision : Fit slide size reduction system, developed to ensure a snug, comfortable fit from any slide without compromising on tone. Finally, on show will be the latest Precision : Strike picks, completely handmade from solid tungsten carbide. These unique picks are hand-polished for a smooth, rich tone and fast, frictionless action, and are available in radiused- and beveled-edged versions. Stop by Stand E0 to experience Wolfram for yourself, and join Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Michael Messer, along with London Acoustic Show artists Richard Gilewitz and Chris Woods and many others round the world, who trust their tone to Wolfram.
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Be part of creating a truly revolutionary guitar orchestra

Chris Woods' latest project 'Guitar Revolution' is making its debut at the London Acoustic Show on 10 September, giving you the chance to join The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra on stage!

Guitar Revolution is your chance to learn something new, and be part of creating a truly revolutionary guitar orchestra. The piece is made up of four parts: some so simplistic an absolute beginner could learn them and other parts that are perfect for a virtuoso.

There is a part for everyone to play in this unique piece. All tabs can be found in the July issue of Acoustic Magazine, on sale 5 July. It’s up to you to decide which part you want to learn, on the day there will be a run through before the performance, so don’t panic. Click here to sign up to the Guitar Revolution mailing list, so we can let you know any important info. There are four parts in this piece: The Riff, which is a simplistic, repeated pattern. It’s ideal for less confident players or someone who has never touched a guitar. This is tinted red in the official video. The Arpeggio part, which contains just four chords. It’s tinted green in the vid. The Melody – simplistic and catchy. Tinted blue in the video. And finally the Advanced part, which is a real pleasure to wrap your fingers around. This is tinted yellow in the official video. Now it’s up to you to decided which part you want to learn. The tab and in-depth tuition videos are also available to download and view for you from chriswoodsgroove.co.uk – all for free. Of course you can always email Chris at contact@chriswoodsgroove.co.uk. So what are you waiting for - pick up a copy of the mag or visit Chris's website and get learning!
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Top retailer Ivor Mairants Musicentre to exhibit

Ivor Mairants has long been established as one of the UK’s finest specialist guitar stores. Established in 1962, Ivor Mairants continues to stock the finest selection of acoustic, jazz and classical guitars in the UK. On display at this year’s show will be a mouth-watering selection of acoustic gear - make sure you stop by their stand and check it out. You might even nab yourself a bargain! Other exhibitors confirmed for the September weekender are C.F. Martin & Co., Taylor, Lowden, Collings and Yamaha to name a few. Click here for the full exhibitor listing.
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C.F. Martin to bring new models

Iconic guitar brand Martin have confirmed their presence at the London Acoustic Show this year. They will sponsor the Acoustic Cafe stage, as well as bringing some beautiful new models for you to check out. You can also nab a copy of Volume 5 of Martin's Journal of Acoustic Guitars, celebrating 100 years of the Dreadnought, which will be free with every subscription. AER Amps will also join them, bringing their world-class amps for you to try. Martin and AER join loads of other fantastic acoustic brands at the show this year, so don't miss your chance to see all of this and some incredible virtuoso talent, all under one roof.
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Rockschool teams up with Takamine

Rockschool, the world’s leading contemporary music exam board, has partnered with Takamine for a scholarship programme aimed at aspiring acoustic guitarists. The scholarship programme will launch at the London Acoustic Show, with Rockschool representatives explaining how aspiring guitarists can get involved. The scholarship will reward outstanding academic achievement, with Takamine providing four acoustic guitars for the first guitarists to achieve a distinction at grades one, three, five and eight (a GD10, GN30-Black, GN51 and GY93E, respectively). Rockschool’s Nik Preston said: “Rockschool is incredibly proud to partner with such a giant of the acoustic guitar market. Takamine’s consistent dedication to quality and the hard working musicians that it supplies make them an ideal partner for our Acoustic syllabus scholarship.“ The scholarship programme will open in September 2016 and close in July 2017. Winners will be selected during August and announced in September 2017. To find out more visit: www.rslawards.com/acoustic-scholarship  
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IT’S BACK!

After the biggest and best show yet in 2015, the UK's best show for all things acoustic is back on 10 and 11 September 2016. Last year saw brilliant performances from Albert Lee, Martin Carthy, Antoine Dufour, Doyle Dykes, Luca Stricagnoli, Leon Hunt, Daniel Ho, Jon Gomm, Preston Reed, Steve 'N' Seagulls and more, and the newest and best acoustic gear in the world was ogled, tested and purchased. The 2016 show is set to be bigger than ever. Bringing acoustic instrument enthusiasts from far and wide together at the impressive Olympia London, it’s the perfect opportunity to rejoice in all things acoustic! Watch your idols rocking out on the Main Stage, learn from the best in the Masterclasses and test out the latest products on the market.
Early bird tickets will be on sale from April– keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter and sign up to our newsletter for further announcements.
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