April 2013 (Issue No. 244)
Review of 11 small-body steel-string flattops between $350 and $800. Songwriting tips from Woody Guthrie, direct from the Guthrie Archives. Slide guitar and D A D G A D lesson with songwriter and guitarist Doug Wamble. New Taylor grand orchestra model reviewed. Six songs with notation and tab, including “Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Bill Monroe, “Down by the Water” by the Decemberists, and “Daughters” by John Mayer. How to use flatted VII and flatted III chords in your songs for cool blues/rock changes. Learn rock fingerpicking patterns used by the Beatles, Cat Stevens, and Eric Clapton. Work on drop two chord arpeggios. Profile with Chris Porterfield of Field Report. Includes 90 minutes of video.
Blue Moon of Kentucky
- Bill Monroe
Down by the Water
- The Decemberists
- Traditional, arr. by Doug Wamble
Do Re Mi
- Woody Guthrie
- Traditional, arr. by Alex de Grassi
- John Mayer
In This Issue
Doug Wamble couples slide guitar and D A D G A D tuning for a very personal sound influenced by jazz, blues, and R&B. By Adam Levy.
HOW TO MAKE UP A BALLADSONG AND GET AWAY WITH IT
Songwriting lessons from Woody Guthrie. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
A look at the inexpensive small-body market, with reviews of 11 steel-string flattops between $350 and $800. By Teja Gerken.
Blue Moon of Kentucky. Words and music by Bill Monroe.
Down by the Water. Words and music by Colin Meloy of the Decemberists.
Choosing a Tuning. Fingerstyle guitarist Chris Proctor talks about his approach to arranging songs and how he chooses and explores different alternate tunings. By Andrew DuBrock.
Taylor 918e Review. Taylor’s powerful new grand orchestra model has a complex voice and upscale appointments. By Teja Gerken.
Blackbird Lucky 13 Review. 13-fret small-body combines vintage blues-box specs and modern carbon-fiber construction. By Doug Young.
Schertler Jam 100 Review. A powerful yet compact acoustic amp with four flexible channels. By James Nash.
Field Report. Singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield’s restless evolution. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Blues/Rock Changes. How to use chords like the flatted VII and flatted III in your songs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Rock Fingerpicking Patterns. Learn different fingerstyle approaches used by the Beatles, Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, and more. By Andrew DuBrock.
Bruce Sexauer Guitars. Northern California luthier fuses traditional and contemporary designs. By Teja Gerken.
Mary Gauthier, Live at Blue Rock. By Derk Richardson.
Jody Stecher, Wonders and Signs. By Phil Catalfo.
Marcy Marxer, Things Are Coming My Way. By David McCarty.
Drop Two Chord Arpeggios. Strengthen your picking and fretting hands with these popular four-note chord voicings. By Sean McGowan.
Fingerstyle Cross-Rhythms. Play in two meters at the same time for a multidimensional effect. By Alex de Grassi.
Daughters. Words and music by John Mayer.
1984 David Matlin. By Adam Perlmutter.