April 2011 (Issue No. 220)

AG 220 April 2011

Issue features

How to play acoustic like Jimmy Page. Exclusive photos of recreating Buddy Holly’s Gibson J45. Cake’s John McCrea and his nylon-string rock. Mark Hanson on how to arrange melodies in standard tuning for solo guitar. Learn to play rock fingerstyle accompaniment patterns. Alternating bass lesson for intermediate guitarists. Five songs with notation and tab, including The Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” and Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” Reviews of Martin’s first baritone guitar and of the DigiTech Vocalist Live 3 and TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch.

Featured Songs

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

She Talks to Angels - The Black Crowes

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin

Cold Rain - David Surette

Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

In This Issue

JIMMY PAGE LESSON
How Led Zeppelin's guitar slinger combined country fingerpicking, Celtic guitar tunings, and Indian scales to form his influential acoustic guitar style. By Adam Perlmutter.

CAKE
How John McCrea and Cake use nylon-string guitar and deft single-line melodies to create one of rock's most singular sounds. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

RECREATING BUDDY HOLLY'S J-45
How luthier Rick Turner and the Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation are replicating a historic guitar. By Teja Gerken and John Thomas.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Go Your Own Way. Words and music by Lindsey Buckingham.
She Talks to Angels. Words and music by Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson.

PRIVATE LESSON
Arranging for Solo Guitar. Grammy-winning fingerstylist and educator Mark Hanson talks about arranging melodies in standard tuning with harmonics and open strings. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Martin J-28LSE. Martin's first baritone guitar offers lush low-frequency tones and solid amplified performance. By Teja Gerken.
Ayers D-02. Acoustic Guitar reviews a bright-sounding dreadnought made of unusual Vietnamese mahogany with all-wood binding. By Jason Borisoff.
Vocal Harmonizers for Guitarists. Acoustic Guitar reviews the DigiTech Vocalist Live3 and TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch, which combine vocal processors and guitar effects. By Andrew DuBrock.

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Guster. The pop group returns to its acoustic guitar roots on Easy Wonderful. By Dan Apczynski.
Paul Thorn. The former middleweight boxer and son of a preacher walks the line between darkness and light on Pimps and Preachers. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Building a Set List. 8 tips on creating a song order that will keep you and your audience interested. By Ruth Parry.

THE BASICS
Expand Your Fingerpicking Techniques. Break out of fingerpicking patterns by adding fills, bass runs, and pauses to your songs. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
Les Stansell Profile. Oregon luthier builds flamenco guitars, brokers tonewoods, and runs a concert series. By Adam Perlmutter.

PLAYLIST
David Wilcox, Reverie. By Phil Catalfo.
Ernie Hawkins, Whinin' Boy. By Ian Zack.
Peppino D'Agostino, Nine White Kites. By Doug Young.
Pierre Bensusan, Vividly. By Phil Catalfo.
Teddy Thompson, Bella. By Celine Keating.

WOODSHED
Alternating Bass for Intermediate Guitarists. Develop your Travis picking by playing up the neck and adding rhythmic flourishes. By David Surette.

SONGBOOK
Sunshine of Your Love. Eric Clapton's acoustic arrangement of the Cream classic. By Andrew DuBrock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1989 Ithaca Stringed Instruments Oneida. By Teja Gerken.