January 2012 (Issue No. 229)
Pat Metheny on his all-acoustic album “What’s It All About.” 21 songwriting tips. How to put together your performance rig. A profile of Carolina Chocolate Drops. Lessons on bluegrass cross-picking, string bending while playing blues solos, and controlling the duration of notes when playing fingerstyle. Yamaha A3R acoustic-electric guitar review. Tab and notation for five full songs, including the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” arranged by Pat Metheny.
Hey, That's No Way to Say Good-Bye
- Leonard Cohen
See See Rider
- Traditional, arranged by Orville Johnson
And I Love Her
- The Beatles, arranged by Pat Metheny
Minuet in D Minor BWV Anh.132
- Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Teja Gerken
Fair and Tender Ladies
- Traditional, arranged by Jody Stecher
In This Issue
SONGWRITING AND THE GUITAR
21 tips from Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell and more on making the most of your instrument in writing songs. With video and tab. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
The jazz virtuoso talks about baritone guitars, the beauty of pop standards, and his all-acoustic album, What's It All About. By Mark Small.
GEAR FOR EVERY GIG
What to put in your gig bag in order to make sure you’re covered when Murphy’s Law strikes. By Stevie Coyle.
Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye. Words and music by Leonard Cohen.
See See Rider. Traditional, arranged by Orville Johnson.
Bluegrass Cross-Picking Lesson. Multi-instrumentalist Kathy Barwick shows how she uses her bluegrass banjo skills on guitar. By Scott Nygaard.
Batson No. 5 Review. Nashville-based custom maker introduces affordable new model with an innovative design. By Adam Perlmutter.
Yamaha A3R Review. All-solid-wood acoustic-electric cutaway dreadnought with onboard mic modeling. By Mike Levine.
Boss Micro BR BR-80 Review. Battery-operated recorder offers simple two-track and full-featured eight-track recording. By Doug Young.
Carolina Chocolate Drops. After losing a founding member, the Grammy-winning North Carolina group rebuilds its lineup and records a new album with guitarist and producer Buddy Miller. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Poetry and Melody. How Sam Phillips creates her evocative and melodic pop songs. By Adam Levy.
Blues String-Bending Lesson. Learn to bend strings so you can make your solos sing in the style of Albert King, Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman. By Orville Johnson.
Effects for Acoustic Guitars. A look at the three most common effects used by acoustic guitarists—reverb, delay, and chorus. By Doug Young.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Wolfroy Goes to Town. By Mark Smith.
Glenn Jones, The Wanting. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Doyle, Shadow and Light. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Kenny Smith, Return. By David McCarty.
Kris Delmhorst, Cars. By Mike Thomas.
Mary Flower, Misery Loves Company. By Ian Zack.
Noam Pikelny, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail. By David McCarty.
Controlling Note Duration. Learn to control the ringing of strings with your picking-hand fingers. By Alex De Grassi.
Minuet in D Minor BWV Anh. 132. Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Teja Gerken.
Fair and Tender Ladies. Traditional, arranged by Jody Stecher.
Larry Pogreba Resonator. By Baker Rorick.