December 2010 (Issue No. 216)

AG 216 December 2010 Cover

Issue Highlights

Lessons in the styles of acoustic guitar legends Norman Blake, Paco de Lucía, Ani DiFranco, John Fahey, Mississippi John Hurt, and Paul Simon. Ray LaMontagne talks about crafting stories from melodies and capturing the energy of a live band. Luthier Kevin Ryan on crafting custom fingerstyle guitars. Five songs to play including "Are We Really Through" by Ray LaMontagne. Private lesson with Eric Skye. Reviews of the Guild F-47R, the Taylor GS Mini, and the K&K Meridian Pro microphone. Player spotlight on Black Prairie. Moving between "cowboy" and "classical" positions. How to set up a resonator guitar. Picking-hand fingerstyle technique.

Acoustic Guitar Legends

Acoustic Guitar Legends

Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne

Ryan Guitars

Ryan Guitars

Featured Songs

Solitary Man - Neil Diamond

To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) - Ryan Adams

Are We Really Through - Ray LaMontagne

The Maison Blanche Exit Song - Richard Gilewitz

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Traditional, arr. by Happy Traum

In This Issue

ACOUSTIC GUITAR LEGENDS
Lessons in the styles of acoustic guitar legends Norman Blake, Paco de Lucía, Ani DiFranco, John Fahey, Mississippi John Hurt, and Paul Simon. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Acoustic Guitar Legends: Norman Blake Lesson
Full strums, cross-picking, and flashy licks combine in this traditionalist's solo flatpicking style. By Scott Nygaard.

Acoustic Guitar Legends: Paco de Lucía Lesson
The flamenco master initiated a revolution in the Spanish style with modern harmonic choices and unparalleled virtuosity. By Stephen Dick.

Acoustic Guitar Legends: Ani DiFranco Lesson
The singer-songwriter's insistent song accompaniment features alternate tunings and infectious aggressive grooves. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Acoustic Guitar Legends: John Fahey Lesson
The folk and blues primitivist combines open-tuning bass patterns with contemporary classical harmonies. By Doug Young.

Acoustic Guitar Legends: Mississippi John Hurt Lesson
A solid alternating bass is key to his deceptively simple song-based blues playing. By Orville Johnson.

Acoustic Guitar Legends: Paul Simon Lesson
A pianistic harmonic sense and multicultural musical influences inform this soft-rock icon's guitar style. By Andrew DuBrock.

RAY LAMONTAGNE
The singer-songwriter talks about crafting stories from melodies and capturing the energy of a live band on God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise. By Dan Apczynski.

RYAN GUITARS
Known for his meticulous craftsmanship and innovative building techniques, luthier Kevin Ryan specializes in custom fingerstyle guitars. By Doug Young.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Solitary Man. Words and music by Neil Diamond. 
To Be Young (Is To Be Sad Is To Be High). Written by Ryan Adams and David Rawlings.

PRIVATE LESSON
Eric Skye. The acoustic jazz guitarist demonstrates chord-substitution licks. By Andrew DuBrock.

NEW GEAR
Guild F-47R Review. A classic Guild design from the company's new Connecticut factory. By Charles Saufley.
Taylor GS Mini Review. A scaled-down grand symphony that produces clear, full sound and pairs with the ingenious ES-Go pickup. By Nicole Solis.
K&K Meridian Pro Microphone Review. An externally mounted mic and preamp system that provides natural acoustic sounds. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Black Prairie. Featuring members of the Decemberists, Black Prairie crafts spooky, cinematic acoustic music. By Celine Keating.

HERE'S HOW
Fretting-Hand Positions. Move between "cowboy" and "classical" positions for strength and dexterity. By Scott Nygaard.

THE BASICS
Open-String Chords. Learn how classic artists use movable chord shapes to maximize the use of open strings in song accompaniment. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
How to Set Up a Resonator Guitar. Adjust your guitar's action and elimate rattles. By Brian Michael.

PLAYLIST
Frazey Ford, Obadiah. By Celine Keating.
Innocence Mission, My Room in the Trees. By Mike Thomas.
Kim Richey, Wreck Your Wheels. By Mike Thomas.
Tim O'Brien, Chicken and Egg. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Various Artists, Beyond Berkeley Guitar. By Charles Saufley.

WOODSHED
Fingerstyle Picking-Hand Primer. Develop a solid fingerstyle technique in your picking hand. By Richard Gilewitz.

SONGBOOK
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Learn an easy fingerstyle guitar rendition of a holiday classic arranged by Happy Traum. By Happy Traum.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Marc Saumier Cherry Seven Nylon-String. With video. By Adam Perlmutter.