No. 220, April 2011

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On the Cover: Jimmy Page. How Led Zeppelin's guitar slinger combined country fingerpicking, Celtic guitar tunings, and Indian scales to form his influential acoustic guitar style. Plus, the guitars and gear of Jimmy Page.


  • Lindsey Buckingham  "Go Your Own Way"
  • Chris and Rich Robinson – "She Talks to Angels"
  • Eric Clapton – "Sunshine of Your Love"

Features: How John McCrea and Cake use nylon-string guitar and deft single-line melodies to create one of rock's most singular sounds; Recreating Buddy Holly's J-45. How luthier Rick Turner and the Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation are replicating a historic guitar; Oregon luthier Les Stansell builds flamenco guitars, brokers tonewoods, and runs a concert series; Paul Thorn. The former middleweight boxer and son of a preacher walks the line between darkness and light on Pimps and Preachers; 8 tips on creating a set list that will keep you and your audience interested.


  • Arranging for Solo Guitar. Grammy-winning fingerstylist and educator Mark Hanson talks about arranging melodies in standard tuning with harmonics and open strings.
  • Expand Your Fingerpicking Techniques. Break out of fingerpicking patterns by adding fills, bass runs, and pauses to your songs.
  • Alternating Bass for Intermediate Guitarists. Develop your Travis picking by playing up the neck and adding rhythmic flourishes. 

Gear Reviews:

  • Martin J-28LSE
  • Ayers Dreadnought D-02
  • Vocal Harmonizers for Guitarists: the DigiTech Vocalist Live3 and TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch.




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