November 2007 (Issue No. 179)
David Bromberg fingerstyle blues lesson. Mary Chapin Carpenter interview. New gear at Summer NAMM. Lessons on jazz chords, single-string scales, and economy picking. Takamine and Ibanez dreadnoughts and Veillette 12-string reviewed. Get ready to play in a band. Profiles of archtop luthier Bill Comins and teacher/author Fred Sokolow. Portable PAs. Affordable recording gear. El McMeen lesson.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Bob Marley
Buck Dancer's Choice
- David Bromberg
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Al Jolson, Bud DeSylva, and Al Rose
The Water Is Wide
- Andy Ellis
In This Issue
GUITAR CITY LIMITS
An inside look at some of the coolest new guitars, amplification products, and accessories from the Summer NAMM show.
DAVID BROMBERG FINGERSTYLE BLUES LESSON
Fresh on the heels of a stellar album of acoustic fingerstyle blues, David Bromberg discusses his long musical journey. By Carol McComb.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
From her early country hits to her pensive new album, The Calling, Mary Chapin Carpenter cultivates her independent streak. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Redemption Song. Bob Marley's moving call for social justice.
El McMeen. The Celtic interpreter reveals his methods for creating variations within traditional arrangements. By Doug Young.
Takamine Flatpicker TF360SBG Review. Crisp tones and solid electronics make this guitar a versatile flatpicking and songwriting tool. By Andrew DuBrock.
Ibanez SGT520VS Sage Review. A great-looking budget guitar that combines playability and quality construction. By Douglas Baldwin.
Veillette Acoustic Gryphon High 12 Review. A striking, high-tuned 12-string that stakes out new tone territory. By Paul Kotapish.
Tips for Playing With a Group. Follow these six tips to prepare to easily move from solo to group playing. By Eric Rawlins.
Single-String Scales. Play scales on one string to visualize the intervals. By Jason Garoian.
All About Jazz Chords. Add swing to your rhythm playing with jazz chords. By Scott Nygaard.
Comins Guitars: Archtop Art. Bill Comins offers six-strings of all stripes, but he specializes in archtops. By Simone Solondz.
Software for Songwriters. Three lyric-writing and composing software programs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Real-World Portable PAs. Nine hardworking musicians offer advice for choosing a gig-worthy rig. By Andy Ellis.
Make Excellent Budget Recordings. Use budget gear wisely to get professional sound from home. By Mitch Gallagher.
Roots Teacher. Teacher and author Fred Sokolow shares his love and knowledge of American traditions. By Sean McGowan.
Economy Picking Demystified. Use a special picking technique to maximize efficiency. By Andy Ellis.
The Water Is Wide. Traditional, arranged by Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Clifford Essex Paragon. A charming archtop modeled after a Gibson L-4. By Tony Marcus.