September 2012 (Issue No. 237)

AG 237 September 2012 Cover

Blues Guitar Special

Songwriter Justin Townes Earle. A look at Regal Guitars. How to play Piedmont blues. Notation and tab for eight full songs, including “St. Louis Blues,” “Crow Jane” arranged by Etta Baker, and Lead Belly’s “On a Monday." Reviews of the Martin DCPA4 Siris cutaway acoustic-electric and Simon and Patrick’s Woodland Pro Folk small-body. Lessons on how to write a 12-bar blues and how to find the standard chords in pop and rock progressions.

Featured Songs

Saint Louis Blues - W.C. Handy, arranged by Orville Johnson

Harlem River Blues - Justin Townes Earle

On a Monday - Huddie Ledbetter

Ninety-Nine Year Blues - Julius Daniels

Never Let Your Deal Go Down - Traditional, arranged by Etta Baker

Crow Jane - Traditional, arranged by Etta Baker

Who's Going Home with You - Henry Johnson

Rice Noodles - Jane Miller

In This Issue

IN SEARCH OF PIEDMONT GUITAR
A look at the players and techniques of this roots/blues fingerpicking guitar style.  By Steve James

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

The songwriter discusses his idiosyncratic fingerpicking style, his new Loar L0-16, and battling personal demons.  By Kenny Berkowitz

REGAL GUITARS
A look back at America's original maker of affordable guitars.  By Bob Carlin

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
On a Monday. Words and music by Huddie Ledbetter.

PRIVATE LESSON
Swing Guitar Soloing. Marcy Marxer on learning to improvise out of chord positions and embellishing melodies. By Scott Nygaard

NEW GEAR
Martin DCPA4 Siris Review. A cutaway dreadnought with exotic woods and clever electronics. By Teja Gerken
Simon and Patrick Woodland Pro Folk Review. Affordable vintage-inspired small-body flattop with great fingerstyle playability. By Adam Perlmutter

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Hobart Brothers and Lil' Sis Hobart. Freedy Johnston, Susan Cowsill, and Jon Dee Graham put aside their solo careers for a rare group project. By Shay Quillen

SONGCRAFT
Writing the Blues. The 12-bar blues is the most common form, but there are many other progressions you can use to write your blues away. By Adam Levy

THE BASICS
Diatonic Chord Progressions. Learn how to find and use the standard chords in major- and minor-key pop and rock progressions. By Andrew DuBrock

SHOPTALK
All About Acoustic Amps. How to choose the right amp for your guitar and performance setting. By Doug Young

PLAYLIST

Glen Hansard, Rhythm and ReposeBy Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Marley's Ghost, JubileeBy Kenny Berkowitz
Sara Watkins, Sun Midnight SunBy Mike Thomas
Shawn Colvin, All Fall DownBy Mike Thomas
Peter Mulvey, The Good Stuff. By Céline Keating
The Boxcars, All InBy Kenny Berkowitz
Chris Smither, Hundred Dollar ValentineBy Phil Catalfo
Davy Graham, AnthologyBy Teja Gerken

WOODSHED
Articulating a Melody. Learn how to embellish a musical phrase with hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. By Alex De Grassi

Finding Solo Ideas Within Scales. Explore patterns within familiar scale fingerings for melodic and interesting solos. By Jane Miller

SONGBOOK
St. Louis Blues. Traditional, arranged by Orville Johnson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1970s LoPrinzi LR-15By Orville Johnson