February 2012 (Issue No. 230)
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The best acoustic albums of 2011. Fail-safe shopping tips you need in order to make your next guitar purchase. Notation and tablature for five full songs, including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," by Hank Williams and "Scarlet Town," by Gillian Welch. The Martin 0-28VS reissue reviewed. Lessons on how to use open-string drones to spice up chord voicings, how to improve your accuracy when playing slide guitar, and how to build jazzy bass lines.
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
- Hank Williams
The Parting Glass
- Traditional, arranged by Danny Carnahan
- Gillian Welch
Blues in the Kitchen
- Sean McGowan
- Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector, arranged by Kinloch Nelson
In This Issue
After eight years of stops and starts, Gillian Welch and partner David Rawlings return with a starkly beautiful set of songs on The Harrow and the Harvest. By Derk Richardson.
ESSENTIAL ACOUSTIC ALBUMS OF 2011
By Mark Smith.
19 GUITAR SHOPPING TIPS
Smart guitar-buying tips from five well-known guitar shop proprietors. By Jason Borisoff.
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. Words and music by Hank Williams.
The Parting Glass. Traditional, arranged by Danny Carnahan.
Creative Chord Voicings Lesson. Sideman extraordinaire Mark Goldenberg on using open-string drones and reharmonization to spice up chord voicings. With video and tab. By Teja Gerken.
Martin 0-28VS Review. A vintage-style rosewood and spruce small-body 12-fret with bold tones. By Stevie Coyle.
Traynor AM Custom Amp Review. Powerful, feature-laden, multiple-input amp with woody and warm sound. By Adam Perlmutter.
Sidi Toure. Sidi Toure contributes his own style to a long tradition of brilliant Malian guitarists. By Sarah Welsh.
Effective EQ. How to use graphic and parametric Eqs to adjust your guitar’s amplified sound. By Doug Young.
Accuracy and Tone for Slide Guitar. Get started on slide guitar with these simple note-targeting exercises. By Orville Johnson.
Charles Freeborn Guitars. Portland, Oregon, luthier fuses innovative designs with traditional building techniques to create sleek, unusual shapes and sizes. By Andrew DuBrock.
The 2011 Woodstock Invitational. Acoustic Guitar reports from the New York State guitar festival. By Teja Gerken.
Building Bass Lines. Learn to craft jazzy walking bass lines and work them into your solo fingerstyle accompaniment. With video and tab. By Sean McGowan.
Spanish Harlem. Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector, arranged by Kinloch Nelson.
2001 Andersen SilverLine. By Baker Rorick.