July 2013 (Issue No. 247)

July 2013 cover
 

Issue Highlights

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell on their surprising roots-music collaboration. Ten easy ways to keep your guitar in perfect shape. How to arrange gospel songs for guitar. Five songs with notation and tab, including Led Zeppelin’s acoustic classic “Bron-Yr-Aur” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”. Sean Watkins on how to create great accompaniment parts. Lessons on how to play Carter-style bass melodies and how to use open strings when playing in flat keys. Reviews of a Takamine hybrid nylon-string guitar and the Fender Passport Mini amp. Includes 80 minutes of video footage for lessons, songs, gear advice, and reviews.

Featured Songs

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down - Traditional, arr. by Orville Johnson

Go Tell It on the Mountain - Traditional, arr. by Sean McGowan

Nearer, My God, to Thee - Traditional, arr. by Steve Baughman

Bron-Yr-Aur - Led Zeppelin

In This Issue

STEVE MARTIN AND EDIE BRICKELL
How an unlikely songwriting duo created a roots-music gem. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

ARRANGING GOSPEL SONGS
Three fingerstyle arrangements of classic songs. By Orville Johnson, Sean McGowan, and Steve Baughman.

DIY MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS
Simple things you can do to make sure your guitar is in great shape. By Brian Michael.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?: Creedence Clearwater Revival 

PRIVATE LESSON
Creative Accompaniment: Sean Watkins on how he crafts guitar parts as a sideman with his sister Sara, Jackson Browne, and others. By Adam Levy.

NEW GEAR 
Veillette Flyer 14: Small-body with a radiused top delivers acoustic and electric tones reminiscent of storied Selmer-Maccaferris and Stellas but with a unique contemporary sound. By Adam Levy.
Takamine P3FCN: An acoustic-electric hybrid nylon-string that’s perfect for steel-string and jazz guitarists. By Adam Perlmutter.

Fender Passport Mini: Ultraportable amp with battery power has sonic flexibility with more than 100 easily accessed sounds. By Andrew DuBrock.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Kim Richey: The singer-songwriter returns to Nashville for her seventh album, Thorn in My Heart. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

THE BASICS
Carter-Style Bass Melodies: Play non-root chord tones on the bass strings to create simple melodies. By David Surette.

SHOPTALK
Allison Guitars: Texas guitar maker offers a wide range of individually crafted acoustics and electrics. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYLIST

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Flat Keys and Open Strings: How to use open strings in melodies, chords, and arpeggios when playing in the keys of F, Bb, Eb, and even Ab. By Scott Nygaard.

SONGBOOK
Bron-Yr-Aur: Led Zeppelin 

82 GREAT ACOUSTICS
Gibson HG-24. By Derek See.