October 2013 (Issue No. 250)

AG 250 October 2013 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Patty Griffin returns with her all-original album American Kid. A history of Gurian Guitars from the 1960s to today. Lesson feature on how to make your guitar parts shine as a singer-songwriter. New Gibson J-35, Boulder Creek ECGC1-7VB, and Zoom A3 reviewed. Four songs with tab and notation, including “The River” by Bruce Springsteen and “Go Wherever You Wanna Go” by Patty Griffin. Jefferson Hamer on flatpicking and hybrid-picking accompaniment in traditional folk songs. Aoife O’Donovan talks about playing solo. Lesson on seventh chords. Ellis Paul shares advice and exercises on perfecting your lyrics. Includes over 70 minutes of video lessons, demonstrations, and reviews.

Featured Songs

The River - Bruce Springsteen

Go Wherever You Wanna Go - Patty Griffin

Behind Blue Eyes - The Who

Wayfaring Stranger - Traditional, arr. by Al Petteway

In This Issue

21 TIPS FOR BETTER ACCOMPANIMENT
How to make your guitar parts more distinctive and deepen the impact of your songs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PATTY GRIFFIN
After digging into gospel and touring with Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, the singer-songwriter returns with the all-original American Kid. By Derk Richardson.

MICHAEL GURIAN
From his days as a luthier in the 1960s and ’70s to running a successful parts factory, Michael Gurian has had a long and influential life in the guitar trade. By Orville Johnson.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
The River. Words and music by Bruce Springsteen. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Traditional Folk Song Accompaniment: Jefferson Hamer on the flatpicking and hybrid-picking styles he uses to accompany folk ballads. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

NEW GEAR
Gibson J-35: Gibson brings back a classic slope-shoulder, this time with stage-ready electronics. By Adam Levy.

Boulder Creek ECGC-7VB: Stylish, affordable acoustic-electric with contemporary features. By Adam Perlmutter.

Zoom A3: Clean, compact preamp provides myriad effects, modeling, and EQ to help you color and perfect your amplified sound. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Aoife O’Donovan: The voice of Crooked Still and the Goat Rodeo Sessions steps out solo. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SONGCRAFT
Painting Pictures: Ellis Paul shares tips and exercises that can help you sharpen your lyrics. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

THE BASICS
Seventh Chords: Learn how to build major seventh, minor seventh, dominant seventh, and other seventh chords. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
Traugott Guitars: California solo guitar maker offers ultra high-end steel-strings. By Teja Gerken.
PLAYLIST

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Ascending and Descending Slurs: These hammer-on and pull-off exercises will strengthen your hand and increase your finger independence. By Scott Nygaard.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1965 Goya T-18. By Teja Gerken.