December 2007 (Issue No. 180)
Russ Barenberg lesson. Guild Guitars. Brett Dennen interview. Chris Proctor lesson. Baden dreadnought, Sierra 12-string, and Tascam Guitar Trainer reviewed. Profile of the band Nathan. Lessons on scratch rhythms, flatpick power, rhythmic strumming, and clawhammer guitar. Pete Huttlinger's home studio. How to insure your gear.
On the Road Again
- Willie Nelson
- Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley
- Traditional, arranged by Michael Stadler
Darlin' Do Not Fear
- Brett Dennen
When at Last
- Russ Barenberg
- Andy Ellis
In This Issue
GUILD'S GREATEST FLATTOPS
As one of America's greatest acoustic guitar brands, Guild is a favorite among superstars and working musicians alike. By Ben Elder.
RUSS BARENBERG'S RETURN
In this exclusive lesson, Russ Barenberg explains his approach to fiddle tunes, composing, and creating his adventurous new recording, When at Last. By Scott Nygaard.
Brett Dennen's socially conscious songs are infused with African rhythms, captivating melodies, and intricate fingerstyle syncopation. By Drew Pearce.
On the Road Again. Willie Nelson's upbeat paean to the joys of touring.
Chris Proctor. The fingerstyle master shows how to break away from the routine. By Andrew DuBrock.
Baden D-Style Mahogany Review. Modern style, effective electronics, and a versatile voice come together in a contemporary dreadnought. By Scott Nygaard.
Sierra SS112 Review. Affordable 12-string helps budget-minded players expand their tonal palette. By Charles Saufley.
Tascam MP-GT1 MP3 Guitar Trainer Review. A compact, easy-to-use guitar trainer/MP3 player. By Douglas Baldwin.
Nathan. This Canadian band weaves songs with rich visual imagery and compelling dashes of instrumentation. By Scott Nygaard.
Scratch Rhythms Lesson. Use scratch rhythms to propel your rhythm and funkify your riffs. By Andrew DuBrock.
Build Your Strum. Create rhythmic strumming patterns for any song with this simple process. By Tom Serb.
Harness the Power of Your Pick. Does flatpicking have you flummoxed? Learn to pick with confidence. By Andy Ellis.
Go Nuts! A guitar's nut is an important element in determining playability. Here's how to make sure it fits and functions correctly. By John LeVan.
Public Domain Music. How to tell if a song is public domain. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Cover Your Assets. Make sure your gear is properly insured for professional use. By Andy Ellis.
Home Studio Distinction. How Nashville-based fingerstyle guitarist Pete Huttlinger makes great-sounding albums in his home studio. By Andy Ellis.
Keola Beamer, Ka Hikina O Ka Hau (The Coming of the Snow). By Danny Carnahan.
King Wilkie, Low Country Suite. By Celine Keating.
Vieux Farka Toure, Vieux Farka Toure. By Danny Carnahan.
Clawhammer Guitar Lesson. Explore a banjo technique adapted for the guitar to turn your fingerpicking around…literally! By Michael Stadler
Hallelujah. Jeff Buckley's ethereal version of the Leonard Cohen classic. By Jon Chappell.
Early 1930s National Style 4. By George Gruhn.