December 2009 (Issue No. 204)
Dave Matthews interview. 30 ways to improve your tone. How to give your guitar a makeover. Lessons on fingerstyle blues, partial chord shapes, and the Mixolydian mode. Martin D-1 and Yamaha LLX16 reviewed. Spotlight on jazz guitarist Julian Lage and luthier Dave Wendler.
Improve Your Tone
- Bob Seger
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
- KT Tunstall
You and Me
- Dave Matthews
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
- Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard
- Dan Apczynski
Pick and Mix
- Adam Perlmutter
In This Issue
The reluctant acoustic guitar hero talks about his fascination with rhythmic patterns and crafting Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. By Dan Apczynski.
30 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR TONE
Improve your fretting-hand, flatpicking, and fingerstyle tone with these tips and techniques. By Scott Nygaard and McGowan.
How simple tweaks can make the guitar you already own play and sound better than ever. By Teja Gerken.
Night Moves. Words and music by Bob Seger.
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. Words and music by KT Tunstall.
Mary Flower. The fingerstyle blues guitarist discusses alternate tunings and what fuels her offbeat compositions. By Orville Johnson.
Yamaha LLX16 Guitar Review. Mid-price all-solid-wood flattop acoustic-electric. By Andrew DuBrock.
Martin D-1 Guitar Review. Affordable spruce-top, solid-wood dreadnought has volume and punch to spare. By Nicole Solis.
DigiTech TimeBender Review. Powerful, compact delay pedal that lets you create unique delay patterns and intelligent harmonies. By Shawn Hammond.
Julian Lage. On Sounding Point, the jazz guitar prodigy keeps company with bluegrassers Chris Thile and Béla Fleck. By Joe DeFranceschi.
Master a Tricky Section. Learn a helpful practice technique for confronting difficult pieces of guitar music. By Kirk Hamilton.
Partial Chord Shapes Lesson. Pare down guitar chord shapes you know for great-sounding results (that are often easier to play). By Dan Apczynski.
Wendler Instruments Profile. Kansas City luthier Dave Wendler specializes in electric guitars with an acoustic voice. By Andy Volk.
GUITAR PRO: CREATE
Jill Sobule Profile. How the pop-folk songsmith Jill Sobule turned to creative financing for her latest CD, California Years. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Chris Smither, Time Stands Still. By Derk Richardson.
Guy Clark, Somedays the Song Writes You. By Mike Thomas.
Kris Kristofferson, Closer to the Bone. By Shaun Hague.
Robert Earl Keen, The Rose Hotel. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11. By Dan Apczynski.
Tom Russell, Blood and Candle Smoke. By Celine Keating.
Mixolydian Mode Lesson. Use your guitar to explore the popular and expressive fifth mode of the major scale. By Adam Perlmutter.
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard.
2009 Custom Santa Cruz. By Richard Johnston.