September 2010 (Issue No. 213)

AG 213 September 2010

Blues Special

Learn how to play like Skip James. An interview with Buddy Miller. Five L-style flattops reviewed. Six songs to play, including "Angel Band." Private lesson with blues guitarist Eric Bibb. Reviews for the National Reso-Phonic M-1 and Walden Madera CD4040-CERT. Steve Dawson pays tribute to '30s string band the Mississippi Sheiks. Ten tips for better singing. Learn to play versatile rhythm and accompaniment with alternating-bass fingerpicking. Spotlight on Muiderman Guitars. Ninth chords lesson. And more!

Skip James

Skip James

Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller

Five Blues Flattops

Five Blues Flattops

Featured Songs

Good Hearted Woman - Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings

Angel Band - Traditional, arr. by Ruth Parry

Devil Got My Woman - Skip James

Hush, Sorrow - Buddy and Julie Miller

Blue Boston - Jane Miller

Going Down the Road Feeling Bad - Traditional, arr. by Andrew DuBrock

In This Issue

SKIP JAMES LESSON
Learn the minor tuning and contrapuntal picking style that made this blues icon's music haunting and timeless. By Orville Johnson.

BUDDY MILLER INTERVIEW
Whether he's onstage with the Three Girls—Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin—touring with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, playing sessions and producing in Nashville, or making his own records, Buddy Miller is the go-to guitarist in roots music. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

FIVE BLUESY FLATTOPS REVIEWED
Acoustic Guitar checks out flattop guitars made by Durango, Loar, Gibson, Collings, and Santa Cruz. By Stevie Coyle.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Good Hearted Woman. Words and music by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
Angel Band. Traditional, arranged by Ruth Parry.

PRIVATE LESSON
Eric Bibb Lesson. The bluesman talks about merging the acoustic blues tradition with jazz influences. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR
National Reso-Phonic M-1 Review. the wood-body version of the classic tricone model. By Andy Markham.
Walden Madera CD4040-CERT Review. An elegant affordable dreadnought with certified FSC-pure tonewoods and versatile sounds. By Adam Perlmutter.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Mississippi Sheiks tribute album. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Steve Dawson turns to a cast of acoustic stars to pay tribute to the influential '30s string band. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Improve Your Vocals. Ten tips to help you become a better singer. By Amanda White.

THE BASICS
Alternating-Bass Fingerpicking. Learn to play versatile accompaniment by training your picking-hand thumb and fingers to work independently. By Andrew DuBrock.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Muiderman Guitars Profile. North Dakota luthier Kevin Muiderman builds remakably expressive instruments. By Charles Saufley.

PLAYLIST
David Olney, Dutchman's Curve. By Drew Pearce.
Kaki King, Junior. By Celine Keating.
LAGQ, Interchange. By Mark Small.
Rev. Gary Davis At Home and Church, 1962–1967. By Ian Zack.
Tift Merritt, See You on the Moon. By Celine Keating.

WOODSHED
Ninth Chords Lesson. Use the ninth note of the scale as a colorful extension for major-, minor-, and dominant-seventh chords. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad. Traditional, arranged by Andrew DuBrock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1928 Gibson L-1. By John Thomas.

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