October 2010 (Issue No. 214)
Adam Levy on the lessons he learned while writing his first song, "In the Morning," for Norah Jones. Jason Mraz on songwriting and nylon-string guitar. Six lightweight guitar cases reviewed. Six songs to play including "Ain't No Grave." Flatpicking lesson with Grant Gordy. Spotlight on the Infamous Stringdusters. How to convert recordings into CDs or MP3s. Single-note riffs and backup. Spotlight on the Sonic Sitka Project, a group of luthiers how wood affects tone by building guitars out of a single log of Sitka spruce. And more!
Songwriting with Adam Levy
Six Cases Reviewed
Ain't No Grave
- Traditional, arr. by Travis John Andrews
Do You Realize??
- The Flaming Lips
In the Morning
- Adam Levy
- Jason Mraz
Tip the Scales
- Dan Apczynski
In the Shape of a Heart
- Jackson Browne
In This Issue
SONGWRITING FROM THE GROUND UP
Adam Levy on the lessons he learned while writing his first song, "In the Morning," for Norah Jones. By Adam Levy.
The acoustic pop star talks about nylon-string guitar, songwriting games, and the importance of wordplay. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
SIX LIGHTWEIGHT CASES REVIEWED
Acoustic Guitar checks out cases by Accord, BAM, Calton, Hoffee, Humicase, and Karura. By Doug Young.
Ain't No Grave. Traditional, arranged by Travis John Andrews.
Do You Realize?? Words and Music by Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, and Dave Fridmann.
Grant Gordy. The flatpicking ace describes the art of blending jazz and classical influences with contemporary roots music. By Sean McGowan.
Martin GPCPA1 Guitar Review. Martin's new Performance Series acoustic-electric. By Andrew DuBrock.
Washburn WD 10SCE Guitar Review. A cutaway acoustic-electric dreadnought that is ready for the stage and band jams. By Charles Saufley.
AER Alpha Plus Acoustic Amp Review. AER's upgrade to the popular Alpha acoustic guitar amp. By Sean McGowan.
IN THE STORES
Infamous Stringdusters. The unconventional band tests the boundaries of bluegrass on its third album. By Shay Quillen.
How to Convert Simple Recordings to CDs or MP3s. Share music you've captured on your digital recorder. By Mitch Gallagher.
Single-Note Riffs and Backup. Learn how to to create unique melodies and accompany your songs with single-note patterns and riffs. By Andrew DuBrock.
The Sonic Sitka Project. A group of luthiers is studying how wood affects tone by building guitars out of a single log of Sitka spruce. By Doug Young.
Jim Lauderdale, Patchwork River. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Prine, In Person and On Stage. By Derk Richardson.
Punch Brothers, Antifogmatic. By David McCarty.
Sarah Harmer, Oh Little Fire. By Drew Pearce.
Various Artists, Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. By Derk Richardson.
Turn Your Scales Inside Out. Gain a deeper understanding of familiar scale patterns by playing them in new and different ways. By Dan Apczynski.
In the Shape of a Heart. Words and music by Jackson Browne. By Andrew DuBrock.
1960s Fender Concert. By Charles Saufley.