April 2010 (Issue No. 208)
Flatpicker David Grier balances solo recordings with band projects. Zac Brown talks about his percussive nylon-string style and his roots in classical and bluegrass. Six songs to play, including "Hi'ilawe" by Sam Li'a Kalainaina, Sr. Private lesson with Paul Asbell. Barre chords lesson. Troubleshooting tuning problems. How to get your guitar on board an airplane. Exploring 3/4 time. And more!
Pancho and Lefty
- Townes van Zandt
- Adam Perlmutter
Black Mountain Rag
- Tradtional, arr. by David Grier
- Zac Brown Band
Three Dog Étude
- Jane Miller
- Sam Li'a Kalainaina, Sr., arr. by Patrick Landeza
In This Issue
DAVID GRIER LESSON
The award-winning flatpicker balances solo recordings with (acoustic and electric) band projects. By Scott Nygaard.
The unconventional country star talks about his percussive nylon-string style and his roots in classical and bluegrass. By Craig Havighurst.
TRAVEL GUITAR REVIEW
Acoustic Guitar reviews six travel-friendly six-strings. By Charles Saufley.
Pancho and Lefty. Townes Van Zandt.
Paul Asbell. The blues, jazz, and Americana guitarist talks about negotiating tough chord progressions and the advantages of good voice leading. By Doug Young.
Taylor Baritone Eight-String Review. Taylor's unique new low-tuned guitar. By Doug Young.
Alvarez RD4102C Review. A feature-laden acoustic-electric cutaway dreadnought designed for beginners. By Adam Perlmutter.
Fishman Spectrum Aura DI Review. A multifunction preamp/DI pedal that offers acoustic imaging and convenient performance tools. By Teja Gerken.
IN THE STORES
Barre Chords Lesson. Expand your chord vocabulary by playing barre-chord forms based on familiar E- and A-chord shapes. By Adam Perlmutter.
How to Troubleshoot Tuning Problems. What to look for if your guitar doesn't hold its pitch. By Dan Erlewine.
Chris Smither on Flying with a Guitar. How one frequent-flying pro gets his guitar on board. By Chris Smither.
Eric Bibb, Booker's Guitar. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Harry Manx, Bread and Buddha. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Muriel Anderson and Tierra Negra, New World Flamenco. By Celine Keating.
Patty Griffin, Downtown Church. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Freedy Johnston, Rain on the City. By Shaun Hague.
Exploring 3/4 Time. Use these great picking and strumming patterns to get your waltz on. By Jane Miller.
Hi'ilawe. Music by Sam Li'a Kalainaina, Sr., arranged by Patrick Landeza.
1932 Martin D-28. By Jim Baggett.