February 2006 (Issue No. 158)
Bill Collings on the evolution of his guitars. Jackson Browne on breaking out of the band format. The influence of Mississippi John Hurt. Five songs to play, including "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. Private lesson with fingerstyle guitarist Pete Huttlinger. Player spotlight on singer-songwriter Ferron. In memory of Eric Roche, 1967-2005. Start writing songs. Harmonize a melodic line with chord or scale tones a third or sixth below the melody. Humidifier basics. Portable digital recorders how-to. Alan Carruth guitars. Open-string chords lesson. And more!
Teach Your Children
- Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
The Yellow Rose of Texas
- Traditional, arr. by Sean McGowan
- Jackson Browne
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
- Mississippi John Hurt
- Wayne Riker
Losing My Religion
In This Issue
LONE STAR GUITARS
Bill Collings started building guitars part-time in his apartment. Now, 30 years later, his instruments—which offer vintage tones, innovative construction, and custom options in a wide range of models—are the top choice of many discriminating pros and amateurs. By Teja Gerken.
SONGS IN THE BALANCE
Thirty-three years ino his recording career Jackson Browne has released his first solo acoustic live album, a showcase not only for his timeless songs and ageless voice but also for his refined artistry on an impressive collection of acoustic guitars. The quintessential '70s singer-songwriter talks about breaking out from the band format and the intimate relationships between specific guitars, tunings, and songs. By Derk Richardson.
Mississippi John Hurt's quiet demeanor, memorable songs, and sweet fingerpicking charmed and mesmerized '60s folk revival audiences, and his playing has been an influence on folk/blues players ever since. Learn some of the elements that contributed to his unique yet natural-sounding style. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Teach Your Children. Words and music by Graham Nash.
A Private Lesson with Pete Huttlinger. Learn some cool pop fingerstyle grooves and get helpful practice tips from this former John Denver sideman and up-and-coming soloist. By Doug Young.
Yamaha FG730S Dreadnought. The latest in the FG guitar line culls innovations from upscale models to offer a clear-sounding, powerful, budget-friendly ax. By Andrew DuBrock.
Ramirez S1 Classical. The celebrated Spanish masters' newest model boasts superior clarity, lightning-fast response, and robust volume. By Patrick Francis.
ToneWorks Pandora PX4A Effects Processor. A tiny, affordable box full of useful sounds and fun practice tools designed just for acoustic-electric guitarists. By Shawn Hammond.
IN THE STORES
Ferron. A luminary of women's music, the singer-songwriter takes stock of her past and heals old wounds on her long-awaited new CD. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Eric Roche 1967-2005. The powerhouse guitarist, a rising star on the international fingerstyle scene, loses his battle with cancer. By Teja Gerken.
Start Writing Songs. If your mind goes blank every time you try to put words to music, try rearranging an old song, set achievable goals, and get feedback from other songwriters. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Harmonize a Melody. Add color to your melodic lines by harmonizing them with chord or scale tones a third or sixth below the melody. By Sean McGowan.
It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity. If you live in an area of low humidity, your guitar's wood is in danger of cracking and shrinking. A home humidifier will hellp—but you may also need a guitar-specific unit. By Charlie Hoffman.
STAGE AND STUDIO
Compact Digital. Create high-quality recordings of live performances, lessons, and rehearsals with the new breed of ultraportable digital recorders. By Teja Gerken.
When Dorian Michael isn't walking his electric-bluesman wild side, he roams the country playing fingerstyle guitar on two Michael Baranik flattops.
Alan Carruth. The New Hampshire guitar maker specializes in fingerstyle steel-strings but also builds stringed instruments of virtually every type, shape, and form. By Michael John Simmons.
Kit and Kaboodle. I realized my dream of owning a custom guitar by building it myself, thanks to a Martin kit and some expert help from luthier Michael Hornick. By Chuck Grennell.
Alec Stone Sweet, Tumblin' Gap: Clawhammer Guitar Solos. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Kate Rusby, The Girl Who Couldn't Fly. By Michael John Simmons.
Mary Flower, Bywater Dance. By Ian Zack.
Neil Young, Prairie Wind. By Mike Thomas.
Tracy Chapman, Where You Live. By Tommy Tompkins.
Arlo Guthrie, Live in Sydney. By Phil Catalfo.
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Jacksonville City Nights. By Drew Pearce.
Tony McManus and Alain Genty, Singing Sands. By Danny Carnahan.
Open-String Chords. Create a whole new library of fresh, colorful chord voicings by combining familiar chord shapes with open strings. By Wayne Riker.
Losing My Religion. Words and music by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe, from the R.E.M. recording Out of Time. By Andrew DuBrock.
2005 David Eichelbaum Eight-String. A lovely custom guitar inspired by Roger McGuinn's seven-string Martin. By Teja Gerken.