September 2013 (Issue No. 249)
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.
Bird on the Wire
- Leonard Cohen
Fine Times at Our House
- Traditional, arr. by Courtney Hartman
- Andrew DuBrock
The Third, Man!
- Pete Madsen
Love's Gonna Blow My Way
- Steve Earle and Lucia Micarelli
- Traditional, arr. by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Hear My Train a Comin'
- Jimi Hendrix
In This Issue
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.
Five working blues players on the guitars they count on for gigs, recording, and songwriting. By Teja Gerken.
Bird on the Wire: Leonard Cohen.
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.
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.
Trixie Whitley: The singer-songwriter and Black Dub vocalist gives in to the guitar. By Derk Richardson.
Writing Songs with GarageBand: How Erin McKeown uses her Mac and iPhone to develop song ideas. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Bamburg Guitars: Colorado luthier builds modern steel-string flattops in his one-man shop. By Teja Gerken.
Diminished Scales and Arpeggios: Learn how to play and solo with diminished-seventh arpeggios, scales, and patterns. By Sean McGowan.
Hybrid Picking: How to get new sounds by blending flatpick and fingerstyle technique. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Hear My Train a Comin: Jimi Hendrix.
1975 Gallagher 670M. By Teja Gerken.