Keepers of the Flame
For the past two decades, folk-rockers Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have melded their contrasting musical sensibilities into a common musical language that speaks to millions. Upon the release of Despite Our Differences, their tenth studio album of new songs, the Indigo Girls talk about their individual inspirations and songwriting strategies—and the fine art of collaboration. By Drew Pearce.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of the Indigo Girls.
Heart of a Master
After nearly half a century as one of the world's most celebrated classical guitarists—both as a member of the Romeros and as a soloist—Pepe Romero reflects on his Spanish heritage, how to build technique, the correct understanding of time, the meditative approach to the instrument, and the emotional center that is the foundation of his virtuosity. By Patrick Francis.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Pepe Romero.
Glorious Gadgets, Solutions, and Contraptions
Legions of invaluable guitar accoutrements have lingered in the shadows for far too long. Here we give six-string accessories—including those that prolong your ax's lifespan, make playing it easier, and jack up its tonal juju—their long-overdue moment in the spotlight. Dig this stellar lineup of gig bags, capos, string winders, straps, bridge pins, music stands, and footstools—as well as a few oddball surprises. By Shawn Hammond.
Ripple. Words and music by Jerome Garcia and Robert Hunter from American Beauty. Music to the Grateful Dead's "Ripple" By Andrew DuBrock.
A Private Lesson with Marc Atkinson. The Canadian Gypsy-jazz ace describes how to create solos by using guidetones. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Marc Atkinson.
NEW GEAR 1
Martin M-42 David Bromberg. The renowned flattop makers honor a folk-blues legend with a signature model and deliver an exquisite and exceptionally well-balanced M body. By Scott Nygaard.
Trinity College TG-202. Playability, quality and colorful tones come together for the fingerstylist in this affordable new 12-fret cutaway. By Dale Miller.
Schertler David Amplifier. A compact combo with two bi-amped channels, spring reverb, a host of practical connection options, and clear, crisp tones. By Shawn Hammond.
Otis Taylor. By fitting his dark, potent lyrics to stark arpeggios and staccato strums, this award-winning bluesman creates an original, compelling style of "trance blues." By Ian Zack.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Otis Taylor.
Intro to Slide Guitar. Explore the funky, "vocal" sound of barrelhouse-blues guitar by wrapping a bottleneck around your finger and sliding into your notes. By Steve James.
Check Your Guitar's Neck Angle. If your action is too high and your bridge is too low, your neck needs to be reset. It's as simple as that—or is it? Here's how to determine what your guitar needs. By Frank Ford.
Modern Vintage. A love of the blues led Michael Hauver to seek out old Stella guitars from the 1920s and '30s. Eventually, he decided to build his own, and today, he produces an entire line of instruments that combine vintage designs with contemporary construction techniques.
Crosspicking. Crosspicking with an alternate-picking pattern can keep your time steady while you embellish single-note melodies. By Steve Kaufman.
My Town. Music by Chet Atkins. Music for Chet Atkin's "My Town" By Craig Dobbins.
Paul Fischer 50th Anniversary Guitar. A look at Paul Fischer's 50th Anniversary nylon string.