March 2013 (Issue No. 243)
Feature interview with singer-songwriter Iris Dement. Photo essay on the restoration of Bryan Sutton’s “Banjo Killer” Bourgeois dreadnought. Eight beautiful custom guitars from cutting-edge luthiers. Notation and tab for four full songs, including “Candy Man Blues,” by Mississippi John Hurt, and “Our Town,” by Iris DeMent. Learn the country bass and strum pattern pioneered by Maybelle Carter, and how to use bluesy bends and slurs when improvising. Lucy Kaplansky talks about the influence of family on her latest album. Reviews of the Voyage-Air full-size dreadnought with a folding neck, and of a Blueridge jumbo flattop. Plus a Weekly Workout with thirds-based patterns to break up your scale practice. Includes 15 minutes of video footage.
- Traditional, arr. by Andrew DuBrock
- Iris DeMent
Candy Man Blues
- Mississippi John Hurt
- Traditional, arr. by Jody Stecher
In This Issue
The beloved singer-songwriter returns with her first album of new material in 16 years. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
PLAY IT AGAIN!
How Bryan Sutton’s legendary “Banjo Killer” dreadnought was restored after being damaged by the Nashville flood of 2010. By Dana Bourgeois.
CUSTOM GUITAR GALLERY
Individually crafted custom guitars from eight luthiers. By Teja Gerken.
Oh, Shenandoah Traditional, arranged by Andrew DuBrock
Contemporary Fingerstyle Textures: Antonio Calogero on using techniques like two-hand tapping and artificial harmonics in his compositions. By Doug Young.
Blueridge BG-2500 Review: A jumbo flattop with a bold sound and art deco-inspired looks. By Adam Levy.
Voyage-Air VAD-04SN Review: A full-size dreadnought with a folding neck for easy storage and travel. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Peavey Ecoustic 110 Review: Affordable acoustic amp offers solid tone, extensive effects, and a built-in looper. By Adam Perlmutter.
Lucy Kaplansky: The singer-songwriter makes her family the central focus of her latest album, Reunion. By Mike Thomas.
Carter-Style Fundamentals: Learn the country bass and strum pattern pioneered by Maybelle Carter. By David Surette.
Headstock Nation: A report from the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase. By Steve James.
Adam Traum, Just Like Home. By Phil Catalfo.
Alasdair Roberts, Wonder Working Stone. By Mark Smith.
Carrie Rodriguez, Give Me All You Got. By Kenny Berkowitz.
The Steeldrivers, Hammer Down. By Phil Catalfo.
Patterns in Thirds: Break up your scale practice with third-based patterns. By Sean McGowan.
Bluesy Improvising on a Melody: Learn to create rhythmic and melodic variations by using bluesy bends and slurs and combining licks and melodies. By Orville Johnson
Candy Man Blues: Traditional, arranged by Mississippi John Hurt.
Little Willie: Traditional, arranged by Jody Stecher.
1931 Francisco Simplicio. By Aaron Greene.