November 2011 (Issue No. 227)

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Classical Special

Fingerstyle blues lesson with Rory Block. David Tanenbaum discusses contemporary classical music and composing. Five contemporary classical luthiers discuss the evolution of the classical guitar. Notation and tab for five songs including "Act Naturally" by the Beatles. Open-G tuning slide lesson. How to write songs in open tunings. Blues shuffle lesson. All about neck resets.

Featured Songs

Act Naturally - The Beatles

Whiskey in the Jar - Tradtional, arr. by Danny Carnahan

Come On in My Kitchen - Robert Johnson, arr. by Rory Block

Tombeau sur la mor de Monsieur Comte de Logy - Silvius Leopold Weiss

Op. 35, No. 22 - Fernando Sor

In This Issue

RORY BLOCK BLUES LESSON
The fingerstyle blues guitarist talks about the foundations of country blues guitar, open tunings, wild notes, and the beauty of unpredictability.  By Sean McGowan.

DAVID TANENBAUM
The classical guitarist talks about outside influences in contemporary classical music and composing away from the guitar. By Scott Nygaard.

FIVE CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL LUTHIERS
How Gil Carnal, Stephan Connor, Richard Prenkert, Pepe Romero, Jr., and Florian Vorreiter are working on the further evolution of the classical guitar. By Mark Small.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Act Naturally. Words and Music by Vonie Morrison and Johnny Russel.
Whiskey in the Jar. Traditional, arranged by Danny Carnahan.

PRIVATE LESSON
Open G Slide Lesson. Roots and blues guitarist David Hamburger on getting started playing slide in open-G tuning. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR
Cervantes Milenia Concert Review. Powerful lattice-braced classical guitar with a traditional vibe. By Ruth Parry.
Walden CG4041-CERT Review. All-mahogany grand auditorium built with FSC-certified woods has a bright yet warm sound. By Danny Carnahan.
Fender Passport 500 Pro Review. A versatile, powerful, and portable PA loaded with features. By Stevie Coyle.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Waltzing Through History. Marc Teicholz and Guitar Salon International create an album of classic waltzes played on some of the finest instruments of the past 150 years. By Mark Small.

HERE'S HOW
Open-Tuning Songwriting Lesson. How to use different tunings and keys within those tunings to create new sounds. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
Blues Shuffle Lesson. Learn to play the Chicago-style shuffle rhythm commonly heard in blues music. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
All About Neck Resets. Neck resets are often needed on older flattops. Here’s how they’re done on guitars with dovetail neck joints. By Alan Perlman.

WOODSHED
Four-Part Seventh-Chords Lesson. Learn six groups of seventh-chord voicings that jazz guitarists use to increase their chord vocabulary. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Op. 35, No. 22. Music by Fernando Sor.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Steve Grimes Hapa Nylon-String. By Adam Perlmutter.

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