November 2012 (Issue No. 239)

Issue 239

Issue Highlights

Loudon Wainwright III on songwriting. Slide lesson with Kelly Joe Phelps. Five nylon-string guitars designed for steel-string players reviewed. How to buy a classical guitar. Lessons on improving your fingerstyle vibrato technique, arranging songs for solo guitar, and using secondary dominant chords. The new Breedlove Voice Auditorium and Washburn Forrest Lee Bender reviewed. Music and tab for four songs, including “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot, and “Down to the Praying Ground” by Kelly Joe Phelps.

Featured Songs

Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot

Down to the Praying Ground - Kelly Joe Phelps

Ghost Blues - Loudon Wainwright III

Bolero - Julian Arcas, arranged by Patrick Francis

In This Issue

KELLY JOE PHELPS SLIDE LESSON
The fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter demonstrates some of the slide guitar techniques that have reinvigorated his playing.  By Orville Johnson.

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
On Older Than My Old Man Now, the singer-songwriter casts an unflinching eye toward his own mortality. By Derk Richardson.

FIVE HYBRID NYLON-STRINGS REVIEWED
Five acoustic-electric classical guitars designed for steel-string players from Alhambra, Córdoba, Hill, Martin, and Taylor. By Doug Young.
 

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Early Morning Rain. Music and lyrics by Gordon Lightfoot.

PRIVATE LESSON
Solo Guitar Arranging Lesson. English fingerstyle guitarist Clive Carroll on combining chords, bass lines, percussion, and melody to emulate a full band. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Breedlove Voice Auditorium Review. A rich-sounding mid-size guitar with custom L.R. Baggs electronics. By Adam Perlmutter.
Washburn WDFLB26SCE Forrest Lee Bender Reviewed. A string bender-equipped flattop designed for playing pedal-steel licks. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Andrew York. The former LAGQ guitarist on his new double album, YamourBy Mark Small.

SONGCRAFT
Rewriting Other Songs. How to change the chords, feel, tonality, and time signature of an existing song to find ideas for a new song of your own. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

HERE'S HOW
Classical Shopper. How to choose and shop for a classical guitar. By Teja Gerken.

THE BASICS
Secondary Dominant Chords. Borrow chords from other keys to create interesting and exciting chord progressions. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
When Six Is Not Enough. All about the ten-string classical guitar and its variants.  By Perfecto de Castro

PLAYLIST
Various Artists, Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Aimee Mann, Charmer. By Derk Richardson.
Don Williams, And So It Goes. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Jennie Lowe Stearns and the Fire Choir, Blurry Edges. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Jerry Douglas, Traveler. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Move It On Up. Learn scales, intervals and chords that move up the fingerboard as well as across. By Scott Nygaard.

WOODSHED
Vibrato. Learn how to articulate a melody with linear and lateral vibrato techniques. By Alex De Grassi.

SONGBOOK
Bolero. Music by Julian Arcas. By Patrick Francis.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1994 Favino Jazz Nylon. By Buck Curran.

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