September 2013 (Issue No. 249)

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Issue Highlights

Steve Earle talks about his latest guitars, Bob Dylan, and the songs on his new album, The Low Highway. Five working blues players on the guitars they count on for gigs, recording, and songwriting. Feature lesson on learning to play compelling blues solos. Seven songs with tab and notation, including “Bird on the Wire” by Leonard Cohen, “Love’s Gonna Blow My Way” by Steve Earle, and “Hear My Train a Comin’” by Jimi Hendrix. New Fender Custom Shop acoustic and D’Angelico archtop reviewed. Easy advice on how to blend flatpicking and fingerstyle technique in your playing. Use GarageBand to develop strong song ideas. Includes over two hours of video lessons, demonstrations, and reviews.

Featured Songs

Bird on the Wire - Leonard Cohen

Fine Times at Our House - Traditional, arr. by Courtney Hartman

Blues Brother - Andrew DuBrock

The Third, Man! - Pete Madsen

Love's Gonna Blow My Way - Steve Earle and Lucia Micarelli

This Train - Traditional, arr. by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Hear My Train a Comin' - Jimi Hendrix

In This Issue

BLUES SOLOING
Lessons on how to add extra dimension and color to your blues leads. By Andrew DuBrock and Pete Madsen.

DOWN THE DARK HIGHWAY
On his new album, Steve Earle sings about America’s downtrodden with a folksinger’s passion. By Adam Levy.

BLUES TOOLS
Five working blues players on the guitars they count on for gigs, recording, and songwriting. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Bird on the Wire: Leonard Cohen.

PRIVATE LESSON
Contemporary Bluegrass Flatpicking: Courtney Hartman on playing fiddle tunes and using chord inversions as lead guitarist in the hot new bluegrass band Della Mae. By Orville Johnson.

NEW GEAR
Fender TPD-1: Mahogany and spruce dreadnought from new Fender Acoustic Custom Shop has a classic look and versatile tones. By Adam Perlmutter.

D’Angelico EXL-1: Vintage re-creation with clean sound and classic styling redefines the affordable archtop. By Sean McGowan.

IN THE STORES
Capo Clips and Schertler Basik, with reviews of Graph Tech Ratio tuners and the Gretsch G9240 Alligator resonator guitar.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Trixie Whitley: The singer-songwriter and Black Dub vocalist gives in to the guitar. By Derk Richardson.

SONGCRAFT
Writing Songs with GarageBand: How Erin McKeown uses her Mac and iPhone to develop song ideas. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SHOPTALK
Bamburg Guitars: Colorado luthier builds modern steel-string flattops in his one-man shop. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYLIST

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Diminished Scales and Arpeggios: Learn how to play and solo with diminished-seventh arpeggios, scales, and patterns. By Sean McGowan.

WOODSHED
Hybrid Picking: How to get new sounds by blending flatpick and fingerstyle technique. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SONGBOOK
Hear My Train a Comin: Jimi Hendrix.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1975 Gallagher 670M. By Teja Gerken.

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