No. 298, October 2017


On the cover: A lesson feature on Neil Young’s simple and singular style. Special focus: 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. Feature: 8 Dreadnoughts Under $500. Lessons: 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. Also: A tribute to Bill Collings (1948–2017); The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel discusses the guitar work on the band’s new album. Songs: “Hitchhiker” by Neil Young; the Beatles’ “Mother Nature’s Son”; Mariachi traditional “El Cascabel.” Ask the Expert: Why is my guitar buzzing? Gear Review: Fender Fortis F-10BT.

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