February 2007 (Issue No. 170)
Lindsey Buckingham lesson. Pete Seeger interview. Players' Choice Awards 2006. Fender dreadnought, Loar archtop, and Edirol recorder reviewed. Lessons in walking-bass lines and using chromatic lines in swing-blues solos. Glen Phillips profile. Del Rey lesson. Emergency repairs. Setting up a MySpace page.
Player's Choice Awards
We Shall Overcome
- Pete Seeger
- David Bowie
- Etta Baker
Not Too Late
- Lindsey Buckingham
- David Hamburger
Walk Me, Baby
- David Hamburger
In This Issue
PLAYERS' CHOICE AWARDS 2006
Readers vote for their favorite guitars and accessories. This year, nearly 5,000 ballots were cast, identifying winners in 32 categories. By Teja Gerken.
PICK A WINNER
Finding the perfect guitar can be a challenge. More important than knowing what has worked for others is being able to look at what’s important for your playing style. By Michael John Simmons.
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM LESSON
The guitarist, frontman, and producer-mastermind of Fleetwood Mac muses about his unique playing style and talks about his newfound desire to arrange and represent songs with just one voice and a guitar. By Andrew DuBrock.
In an in-depth interview at his home, with banjo and guitar in hand, Seeger shares the stories behind his songs—and much more. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Space Oddity. Words and music by David Bowie.
Del Rey. The boogie-woogie fingerstyle pro discusses arranging songs in different keys, and gives a great fretting-hand workout. By Orville Johnson.
Edirol R-09 Review. Roland's digital recorder packs a ton of features and 24-bit capability in a palm-sized unit with myriad applications. By Doug Young.
Fender Sonoran SCE Review. Solid-body pioneers build a dreadnought geared for acoustic players who dig a Stratocaster feel. By Pete Madsen.
The Loar LH-500 Archtop Review. An affordable interpretation of the legendary L-5 archtop combines craftsmanship and crisp, cutting tones at the right price. By Michael John Simmons
Glen Phillips. The former lead singer of ’90s alternative-rock hit makers Toad the Wet Sprocket solidifies his independent solo career by learning to collaborate in songwriting, starting his own label, and redefining “success.” By Drew Pearce.
Creating a MySpace Page. How to enhance your musical career by creating a presence on the popular networking site. By Scott Nygaard.
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking. Add some swing and sass to your fingerstyle blues by learning to play “walking bass” lines. By David Hamburger.
Emergency Repairs. If you discover that something is wrong with your guitar just before a gig, it’s often possible to perform simple temporary repairs to get you through the show. By Charlie Hoffman.
STAGE AND STUDIO
The Show Must Go On
As any seasoned performer knows, sometimes a show doesn’t turn out as expected. Here are some common scenarios and effective ways to handle them. By Stevie Coyle.
Small Wonders. Inspired by the Canadian school of flattop building, Oriskany Stringed Instruments creates small-bodied steel-strings with big voices. By Simone Solondz.
The Mad Hatter. Howard Reinlieb wanted to hear new sounds coming from the resonator guitar, so he commissioned an innovative series of instruments from luthier Carroll Benoit. By Andy Volk.
Dave Van Ronk, Going Back to Brooklyn. By Kenny Berkowitz.
David Ross MacDonald, Knuckled Brass and Bone. By Judith Edelman.
Guy Clark, Workbench Songs. By Céline Keating.
Johnson, Miller, and Dermody, Deceiving Blues. By Ian Zack.
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, The Golden West. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Vicki Genfan, Up Close and Personal. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Chromatic Swing-Blues Soloing. Use chromatic notes—the half steps between scale tones—to cultivate that serpentine swing sound in your lead lines. By David Hamburger.
Railroad Bill. Traditional, arranged by Etta Baker.
1919 Ditson 1-45. By Teja Gerken.