No. 298, October 2017

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On the Cover: A lesson feature on Neil Young’s simple and singular style.


  • Neil Young - “Hitchhiker”
  • The Beatles - “Mother Nature’s Son”
  • Mariachi traditional - “El Cascabel”

Features: It’s a Mariachi revolution and you’re invited! Discover how mariachi is inspiring a revolution in music education, gain playing tips from Flor de Toloache’s guitarist Eunice Aparicio, and learn your guitarron from your vihuela in a handy gear guide. 8 Dreadnoughts Under $500.


  • Color your chords with hammer-ons and pull-offs
  • How to spin endless variations on a simple tune
  • Learn to play the blues like Mississippi legend Skip James

Gear Reviews:

  • Fender Fortis F-10BT.

Plus: A tribute to Bill Collings (1948–2017); The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel discusses the guitar work on the band’s new album.  Ask the Expert: Why is my guitar buzzing?

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