No. 292, April 2017
Take a bluegrass master class with cover artist and next-gen picker Molly Tuttle, who offers a private lesson on crosspicking using her arrangements of traditional songs. Plus, learn how modern-bluegrass guitarists Dave Bruzza, Grant Gordy, Courtney Hartman, Dave Wilson, and Billy Strings are making the genre their own. Also: Shawn Camp talks about his dream gig—emulating Lester Flatt in the Earls of Leicester; Union Station’s Ron Block on boosting your bluegrass technical skills; and flatpicking champion Scott Fore offers 5 tips on acing a competition (with music). Features: Ann Savoy is a driving force in Louisiana’s Cajun scene and the matriarch of a kick-ass musical dynasty; a tribute to Bert Jansch, an atypical British folk fingerstylist who left a legacy of influential music. Lessons: 5 ways to add hybrid picking to your repertoire; an intro to Piedmont and ragtime fingerpicking with Mary Flower; and 4 steps to improve sight-reading. Also: How to properly clean your acoustic guitar; Shubb’s new capo goes back to the future; Norman Blake’s new album Brushwood Songs & Stories; and revisiting Doc Watson’s Gallagher G-50. Songs: Bill Monroe and Peter Rowan’s “Walls of Time”; Bert Jansch’s arrangement of “Blackwaterside”; Laura Marling’s “Master Hunter”; Tim Farrell’s “The Backpacker.” Gear: 3 new mini-guitars by Guild, Martin, and Taylor; Breedlove reaches a high-tech tonal breakthrough with its new Concerto shape. Gear reviews: Preston Thompson D-MA; Epiphone Masterbilt Century De Luxe Classic; and Grace ALiX preamp.