Few mediums have been as entraining and enlightening for musicians as the internet. The access to sheet music, video tutorials and countless recordings are all at your fingertips. While YouTube remains both entertaining and helpful, Instagram has really become a valuable platform for guitarists, regardless of whether you are sharing content or gleaning some inspiration from others. The tight time limitation of Instagram is perfect for readily digestible and motivation guitar nuggets. In no particular order, here are five accounts you should be following.
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1. ProGuitar | proguitarofficial
Curated by Swedish finger style wizard Emil Ernebro (@emilernebroguitar), this account offers clear, concise, useful and oh-so-tasty guitar licks that work well in country, jazz and blues settings, but can easily be worked into any idiom. Beyond the fantastic playing, Emil’s earnest and genuine interest in sharing his craft is inspiring.
2. Josh Meader | joshmeader22
Personally, I love guitar players that don’t play like a “typical” guitar player, but rather they make their guitars sound like horns or pianos. Josh’s effortless playing and flawless transcription of sophisticated horn solos is truly remarkable.
3. Jack Ruch | @jackruchguitar
Jack Ruch has chops but more importantly he has taste. Everything Jack plays is musical, lyrical and honest. It’s important to find your own voice as a musician, and it’s clear that Jack has found his. I am consistently delighted by his blues, jazz and soul playing.
4. Jens Larson | jenslarsenjazz
Beyond being a highly proficient guitar player, Jens is wildly prolific. Nearly every day he posts a like complete with harmonic analysis. If you are an aspiring jazz guitar player, or simply desire a more sophisticated understanding of the instrument, follow Jens. Bonus: his YouTube videos are fantastic and highly informative.
5. Soundslice | soundslice_music
Soundslice is a must for all musicians. The platform combines traditional notation, tablature, audio and video. The musical transcriptions are crowd sourced and distributed amongst theirs users and subscribers. You can find highly accurate transcriptions of the classics, as well as original collaborations by musicians from opposite sides of the globe.
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Bonus | Green Hills Guitar Studio
Bringing together the best of student videos, instructional content and some just-for-fun images, Green Hills Guitar Studio’s Instagram account is a must-follow for Nashville musicians of all levels.
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