March 2012 (Issue No. 231)
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy discusses songwriting strategies. Innovations in contemporary guitar building. Songs with notation and tab, including a fingerstyle arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” New guitars by Alvarez and Stonebridge reviewed. The history of Froggy Bottom Guitars. Lessons on playing Celtic backup, blues rhumba rhythms, and hammer-ons.
- Judy Collins
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
- Carter Family
- Michael Jackson, arranged by Gareth Pearson
In This Issue
The Wilco front man on fingerpicking, dynamics, and the intense craft behind his songwriting. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
FROGGY BOTTOM GUITARS
Luthier Michael Millard builds high-end flattops in his Vermont shop. By Adam Perlmutter.
21st CENTURY GUITAR DESIGN
How innovations such as bevels, double tops, and soundports have contributed to the evolution of the contemporary guitar. By Teja Gerken.
Someday Soon. Words and music by Ian Tyson.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Words and music by A.P. Carter.
Celtic Backup Lesson. Jordan McConnell of the Duhks on accompanying Celtic tunes in D A D G A D tuning. By Doug Young.
Stonebridge OOM33SR Review. A 00-size 12-fret flattop with a long scale and pre-aged spruce top made in the Czech Republic. By Doug Young.
Alvarez AP70 Review. Affordable spruce and rosewood parlor guitar with a solid top. With video. By Danny Carnahan.
Godin MultiOud Review. A unique take on the traditional Middle Eastern 11-string oud. With video. By Teja Gerken.
Tom Russell. On Mesabi, the singer-songwriter pairs songs about fallen idols and drug violence across the border with a rich, cinematic mix of Tex-Mex guitar and exotic instrumentation. By Céline Keating.
Diminished Chords. Learn how artists like James Taylor and the Beatles have used diminished chords in their songs. By Adam Levy.
Blues Rhumba and Ballad Rhythms. Learn two great non-shuffle rhythms commonly associated with the blues. By Orville Johnson.
Binding and Purfling. All about the wood, plastic, or abalone that protects and beautifies your guitar. By Charlie Hoffman.
Anthony Wilson, Seasons. By Mark Small.
Darrell Scott, Long Ride Home. By Derk Richardson.
Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Various artists, Everybody's Pickin' On Leiber and Stoller. By Julia Crowe.
Hammer-On Technique. Create fluidity and varied texture with this essential legato technique.With video and tab. By Alex De Grassi.
Billie Jean. Written and composed by Michael Jackson, arranged by Gareth Pearson.
2006 Buck Curran Butterfly. By Teja Gerken.