No. 323  July/August 2020

No. 323 July/August 2020

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On the Cover: Alex de Grassi

Having released his first solo album in 17 years, acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Alex de Grassi offers an exclusive lesson on his sophisticated approach to the steel-string guitar.

 Special Focus: The 1970s Lutherie Revival

Influential guitar builders Michael Gurian, Linda Manzer, Richard Hoover, and Steve Klein share reminiscences of the era that saw a rise in independent guitar makers, and the beginnings of companies like Taylor, Collings, and Santa Cruz.

 Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Self-Care: Tips and techniques for guitarists of a certain age
  • Guitar Talk: Italian fingerstylist Alberto Lombardi
  • Benjamin Verdery: The versatile classical guitarist discusses his many and varied projects
  • Woodshed: Gwenifer Raymond brings light to John Fahey’s “Uncloudy Day”
  • Weekly Workout: Learn how to create dynamic arrangements
  • Here’s How: Dealing with resistances to practicing
  • Makers & Shakers: A visit with Luis Enrique Uyaguari, one of Ecuador’s premier guitar makers

Songs

  • “Georgia on My Mind” - an arrangement of Ray Charles’ classic interpretation
  • “I Will” - a new Beatles arrangement by Laurence Juber
  • “Wabash Blues” - a Delmore Brothers classic
  • “Oh Shenandoah” - a classic North American folk song, with fingerstyle accompaniment
  • “Chapdelaine” - a brand new piece for classical guitar (also playable on steel-string)

 Gear Reviews

  • Martin SC-13E
  • Collings 001 14-Fret
  • Orange Crush Acoustic 30 amplifier
  • Curtis Novak Gold foil soundhole pickup
  • D’Addario Casein pick

 And more!

 

 



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