June 2013 (Issue No. 246)
Check out 44 cool new guitars, amps, and accessories. The songwriting legacy of Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Notation and tab for four songs, including Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” The Rolling Stones’ “Angie,” and Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You.” Reviews of the Collings CJ35 slope-shoulder dreadnought, the Kala U-Bass, and the L.R. Baggs Lyric internal guitar microphone. Learn 8 great rock strumming patterns and how to use drum practice patterns to improve your picking technique. An interview with Australian songwriter Paul Kelly. Includes 73 minutes of video instruction, gear reviews, and performances.
The Sound of Silence
- Simon and Garfunkel
If I Needed You
- Townes Van Zandt
- Alex de Grassi
- The Rolling Stones
In This Issue
TOWNES VAN ZANDT
The ultimate Texas troubadour inspired countless tunesmith heirs to dig deeper and write simpler. By Adam Levy.
NEW GEAR 2013
The latest guitars, amplification, and electronics. By Teja Gerken.
"Sound of Silence." By Simon and Garfunkel.
Eclectic Americana: Black Prairie’s guitarist Jon Neufeld on using his bluegrass, Gypsy jazz, and folk-rock influences to write original tunes. By Orville Johnson.
Collings CJ35: Responsive, huge-sounding slope-shoulder dreadnought blends traditional and contemporary features. By Adam Perlmutter.
Kala U-BASS-SMHG: Tiny bass with a ukulele-size body has serious low-end tones. By Greg Olwell.
L.R. Baggs Lyric: Internal guitar microphone delivers highly accurate acoustic tone. By Teja Gerken.
A Change in the Weather: Australian songwriter Paul Kelly crafts a sparse-yet-thrilling song cycle, Spring and Fall. By Mark Smith.
Rock Strumming Patterns: Eight popular rock rhythms (and variations) used by the Beatles, Coldplay, Buddy Holly, and more. By Andrew DuBrock.
SUMMER GEAR SHOWCASE
Gerald Sheppard Guitars: Tennessee luthier draws on his own playing experience to create individualized custom instruments. By Teja Gerken.
Rhythm Rudiments: Use drum practice patterns to hone your picking technique and create new sounds. By Sean McGowan.
Slapping and Tapping: How to extend your technique and sound with both hands on the fingerboard. By Alex de Grassi.
Angie: Music by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
1995 Danny Ferrington. By Teja Gerken.