21 TIPS FOR BETTER ACCOMPANIMENT
How to make your guitar parts more distinctive and deepen the impact of your songs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
After digging into gospel and touring with Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, the singer-songwriter returns with the all-original American Kid. By Derk Richardson.
From his days as a luthier in the 1960s and ’70s to running a successful parts factory, Michael Gurian has had a long and influential life in the guitar trade. By Orville Johnson.
The River. Words and music by Bruce Springsteen.
Traditional Folk Song Accompaniment: Jefferson Hamer on the flatpicking and hybrid-picking styles he uses to accompany folk ballads. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Gibson J-35: Gibson brings back a classic slope-shoulder, this time with stage-ready electronics. By Adam Levy.
Boulder Creek ECGC-7VB: Stylish, affordable acoustic-electric with contemporary features. By Adam Perlmutter.
Zoom A3: Clean, compact preamp provides myriad effects, modeling, and EQ to help you color and perfect your amplified sound. By Doug Young.
Aoife O’Donovan: The voice of Crooked Still and the Goat Rodeo Sessions steps out solo. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Painting Pictures: Ellis Paul shares tips and exercises that can help you sharpen your lyrics. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Seventh Chords: Learn how to build major seventh, minor seventh, dominant seventh, and other seventh chords. By Andrew DuBrock.
Traugott Guitars: California solo guitar maker offers ultra high-end steel-strings. By Teja Gerken.
Ascending and Descending Slurs: These hammer-on and pull-off exercises will strengthen your hand and increase your finger independence. By Scott Nygaard.
1965 Goya T-18. By Teja Gerken.
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How the former Drive-By Trucker, newly sober, dug deep on the songs of Southeastern. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Virtuoso fingerstylists Michael Chapdelaine, Tony McManus, and Tim Sparks face the challenges of adopting the classical repertoire to the steel-string guitar. By Teja Gerken.
A visit to the nylon-string guitar company’s new American shop, where it’s building a new Master Series inspired by iconic classical luthiers. By Adam Perlmutter.
Alternate-Tuning Accompaniment: How award-winning fingerstylist Vicki Genfan uses alternate tunings and tapping techniques to accompany songs. By Teja Gerken.
"Thing Called Love" by John Hiatt.
Manuel Rodriguez FG Madagascar: Cedar-top classical carries on the Spanish tradition. By Adam Levy.
Ibanez AEG1011: Impressively crafted and affordable acoustic-electric with traditional vibe and contemporary playability. By Adam Perlmutter.
Yamaha THR5: Tiny feature-laden amp is a perfect practice partner. By Doug Young.
IN THE STORES
Luke Winslow-King: The singer-songwriter and slide player digs into gospel, jazz, and country blues. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Simple Percussive Grooves: How to power up your rhythm parts with muting and string percussion. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Classical Innovations: How the modern classical guitar has evolved in the 20th and 21st centuries. By Teja Gerken.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING ESSENTIALS
Readers sound off on 5 essential items they can’t live without. By Greg Olwell.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE
Picking-Hand Power: These fingerstyle exercises will help you build strength and independence in your picking-hand fingers. By Sean McGowan.
Shaping Your Diatonic Solos: Improve your rock guitar solos by thinking critically about what you play. By Andrew DuBrock.
“Gypsy Davy” Traditional, arr. by Jody Stecher.
“Guardame Las Vacas” Music by Luis de Narváez, arr. by Patrick Francis.
Joshia de Jonge Classical. By Teja Gerken.
Lessons on how to add extra dimension and color to your blues leads. By Andrew DuBrock and Pete Madsen.
DOWN THE DARK HIGHWAY
On his new album, Steve Earle sings about America’s downtrodden with a folksinger’s passion. By Adam Levy.
Five working blues players on the guitars they count on for gigs, recording, and songwriting. By Teja Gerken.
Bird on the Wire: Leonard Cohen.
Contemporary Bluegrass Flatpicking: Courtney Hartman on playing fiddle tunes and using chord inversions as lead guitarist in the hot new bluegrass band Della Mae. By Orville Johnson.
Fender TPD-1: Mahogany and spruce dreadnought from new Fender Acoustic Custom Shop has a classic look and versatile tones. By Adam Perlmutter.
D’Angelico EXL-1: Vintage re-creation with clean sound and classic styling redefines the affordable archtop. By Sean McGowan.
IN THE STORES
Capo Clips and Schertler Basik, with reviews of Graph Tech Ratio tuners and the Gretsch G9240 Alligator resonator guitar.
Trixie Whitley: The singer-songwriter and Black Dub vocalist gives in to the guitar. By Derk Richardson.
Writing Songs with GarageBand: How Erin McKeown uses her Mac and iPhone to develop song ideas. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Bamburg Guitars: Colorado luthier builds modern steel-string flattops in his one-man shop. By Teja Gerken.
Diminished Scales and Arpeggios: Learn how to play and solo with diminished-seventh arpeggios, scales, and patterns. By Sean McGowan.
Hybrid Picking: How to get new sounds by blending flatpick and fingerstyle technique. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Hear My Train a Comin: Jimi Hendrix.
1975 Gallagher 670M. By Teja Gerken.
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Lessons on how to add extra dimension and color to your blues leads. By Andrew DuBrock and Pete Madsen - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Magazine/Issues/249#sthash.NpGq7pil.dp