January 2014 (Issue No. 253)

Cover Revised
 

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

French fingerstyle guitarist Pierre Bensusan celebrates 40 years as a professional with a career-spanning live recording and signature-model Lowden; Guy Clark reflects on his latest album, ‘My Favorite Picture of You’; Alex de Grassi’s guide to flying with your guitar; review of eight flight cases; Ken Bonfield on playing smooth fingerstyle patterns; interview with the Howlin’ Brothers, Nashville’s hard-rockin’ string band; reviws of the Bourgeois Aged Tone OM and Roland AC-40; improve your rhythm parts by using bass lines; Illinois luthier Jim Worland offers everything from affordable stock models to custom creations; our annual Holiday Shopping Guide. Plus album reviews, lessons, and more. Includes 80 minutes of video lessons, demonstrations, and reviews.

Featured Songs

Luka - Suzanne Vega

The Water is Wide - Traditional, arr. by Ken Bonfield

Dublin Blues - Guy Clark

The Yellow Rose of Texas - Traditional, arr. by Sean McGowan

Bury Me Beneath the Willow - Tradtional, arr. by Jody Stecher

T-Bone Shuffle - T-Bone Walker

In This Issue

TUNING INTO THE CREATIVE SPIRIT
Fingerstyle guitarist Pierre Bensusan celebrates 40 years as a professional with a career-spanning live recording and signature-model Lowden. By Doug Young.

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST
Guy Clark reflects on his latest album, My Favorite Picture of You, and his path into songwriting. By Derk Richardson.

FLYING WITH A GUITAR
A road warrior’s guide to getting your guitar to your destination safe and sound. By Alex de Grassi.

TAKE FLIGHT
If you’re going to check your guitar next time you fly, you’ll need one of these cases. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Luka: Words and music by Suzanne Vega. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Fluid Fingerstyle: Ken Bonfield on playing smooth fingerstyle patterns and using lush chords on traditional folk songs. By Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR
Bourgeois Aged Tone OM: Vintage-inspired OM with new top-aging technique delivers great looks and rich tone. By Teja Gerken.
Roland AC-40: Clean-sounding, easy-to-use, lightweight amp with classic Roland reverb. By Teja Gerken. 

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
The Howlin’ Brothers: Ian Craft and Jared Green talk about recording, old-time songwriting, and working with Brendan Benson. By Kenny Berkowitz.

THE BASICS
Think Bass: How to improve your rhythm parts by using bass lines with chords. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SHOPTALK
Jim Worland Guitars: Illinois luthier Jim Worland offers everything from affordable stock models to extravagant custom creations. By Teja Gerken

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

PLAYLIST

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Full Circle: Learn how to navigate the modulations in circle-of-fifths progressions. By Scott Nygaard. 

WOODSHED
Building Fingerstyle Jazz Arrangments: Pick the right key, style, and time signature to create a unique setting for your melody. By Sean McGowan.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Circa 1916 Charlie N. Anglemire. By Teja Gerken.