October 2012 (Issue No. 238)

Issue 238 Cover

Issue Highlights

A profile of PRS Guitars. Diatonic chord changes lesson. Rodney Crowell discusses songwriting and collaborating with Mary Karr. Notation and tab for "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, "Dimming of the Day" by Richard Thompson, and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." Fingerstyle accompaniment lesson with Rick Ruskin. Profile of singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell. New Composite Acoustics OX Raw and DiMarzio Angel Pickup System reviewed.

Featured Songs

Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - Traditional, arranged by Peter Penhallow

Hungry for Home - Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr

Dimming of the Day - Richard Thompson

In This Issue

PRS GUITARS PROFILE
How one of America's most successful electric guitar companies became a top maker of high-end acoustics. By Teja Gerken.

RING SOME CHANGES
A songwriter's guide to major and minor chord progressions. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

RODNEY CROWELL
The master songwriter talks about his rhythm-heavy guitar style, his collaboration with writer Mary Karr on Kin, and his Nashville days with Guy Clark, Mickey Newbury, and Townes Van Zandt. By Derk Richardson.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Landslide. Music and lyrics by Stevie Nicks.
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. Traditional, arranged by Peter Penhallow.

PRIVATE LESSON
Fingerstyle Accompaniment. Rick Ruskin on creating pop grooves for backing up singers and instrumental soloists. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR
Composite Acoustics OX RAW. A thin-body acoustic-electric made with carbon-fiber materials. By Adam Perlmutter.

DiMarzio Angel Pickup System. Dual-source system combines DiMarzio magnetic and Shadow undersaddle pickups for a flexible sound. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Anais Mitchell. How a vintage Gibson Kalamazoo changed the way the singer-songwriter plays and composes. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

THE BASICS
Blues Harmony. Learn to use dominant-seventh, ninth, and diminished chords in your blues progressions. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
Laurent Brondel Guitars. New England–based luthier fuses original designs with vintage American tone. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYLIST
Adam Miller, Delayed. By CĂ©line Keating.
Bill Evans, In Good Company. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ashes and Roses. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Mindy Smith, Mindy Smith. By Kenny Berkowitz.

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Harmonized Major-Scale Pentatonic Licks. These exercises will get your fretting-hand fingers moving in new ways and help you learn the fingerboard. By Scott Nygaard.

WOODSHED
Artificial Harmonics. Learn to play any melody or chord with harmonics and add flair to your guitar arrangements. By Sean McGowan. 

SONGBOOK
Dimming of the Day. Music and words by Richard Thompson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1930 Martin 000-45. By Steven Dembroski.

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