December 2011 (Issue No. 228)
Acoustic Guitar Legends
A lesson on Jerry Garcia's guitar style. A look at Doc Watson and David Holt's exploration of American folk. John D'Angelico, Jimmy D'Aquisto, and John Monteleone's archtop guitar-making legacy. Notation and tab for six songs including "Boulder to Birmingham" by Emmylou Harris. Two-handed tapping lesson. Player Spotlight on Over the Rhine. Travis Picking in 3/4 time lesson. USB microphones. Fingerstyle picking-hand technique lesson.
Boulder to Birmingham
- Emmylou Harris
What Child Is This?
- Traditional, arr. by Peter Penhallow
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- Traditional, arr. by John Horne
Uncle John's Band
- Grateful Dead
Deep River Blues
- Doc Watson
Urge for Going
- Joni Mitchell
In This Issue
JERRY GARCIA-STYLE LESSON
A look at the Grateful Dead guitarist’s influential acoustic style, which reflected his love of roots music, bluegrass, and modal jazz. By Adam Perlmutter.
DOC WATSON AND DAVID HOLT
Almost 30 years since their first collaboration, the North Carolina musicians continue to explore the rich traditions of American folk. By Carol Rifkin.
ARCHTOP GUITAR HEROES
John D'Angelico, Jimmy D'Aquisto, and John Monteleone and their New York archtop guitar making legacy. By Bill Milkowski.
Boulder to Birmingham. Words and music by Emmylou Harris and Bill Danoff.
What Child Is This? Traditional, arranged by Peter Penhallow.
Two-Handed Grooves Lesson. Fingerstyle guitarist Antoine Dufour on creating grooves with two-handed tapping and other percussive techniques. By Doug Young.
Collings OM1A. A contemporary interpretation of the classic mahogany and Adirondack spruce OM. By Doug Young.
Boulder Creek ERJ7-N. Radical design concepts in mid-priced jumbo. By Jason Borisoff.
Fishman Blackstack Pickup. A passive, easy-to-install humbucking magnetic pickup with adjustable pole pieces. By Doug Young.
Over the Rhine. Karen Bergquist and Linford Detweiler conjure fresh approaches to their soulful, American-roots-influenced pop. By Celine Keating.
Maintain Your Fingernails. How to strengthen, cultivate, and shape your nails for fingerstyle. By Alex De Grassi.
Travis Picking in 3/4 Time. Adapt 4/4 alternating-bass fingerpicking patterns for waltz time. By John Horne.
Delta Blues Lesson. Play bluesy riffs on top of a monotonic bass for a classic Delta sound. By Orville Johnson.
USB Microphones. These inexpensive microphones make it easy to record directly to your computer. By Gino Robair.
Guy Clark, Songs and Stories. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. By Derk Richardson.
Joy Kills Sorrow, This Unknown Science. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Kasey Chambers, Little Bird. By Mike Thomas.
Mason Jennings, Minnesota. By Mike Thomas.
Melissa Ferrick, Still Right Here. By Celine Keating.
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Middle of Everywhere. By Mark Smith.
Richard Buckner, Our Blood. By Mark Smith.
William Coulter and Benjamin Verdery, Happy Here. By Julia Crowe.
Picking Hand Technique. How to properly position your picking hand and use rest and free strokes for the best fingerstyle tone. By Alex De Grassi.
Urge for Going. Words and music by Joni Mitchell.
2011 Rick Micheletti Rigid Rim. By Teja Gerken.