January 2014 (Issue No. 253)
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.
- Suzanne Vega
The Water is Wide
- Traditional, arr. by Ken Bonfield
- Guy Clark
The Yellow Rose of Texas
- Traditional, arr. by Sean McGowan
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
- Tradtional, arr. by Jody Stecher
- 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.
If you’re going to check your guitar next time you fly, you’ll need one of these cases. By Teja Gerken.
Luka: Words and music by Suzanne Vega.
Fluid Fingerstyle: Ken Bonfield on playing smooth fingerstyle patterns and using lush chords on traditional folk songs. By Teja Gerken.
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
The Howlin’ Brothers: Ian Craft and Jared Green talk about recording, old-time songwriting, and working with Brendan Benson. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Think Bass: How to improve your rhythm parts by using bass lines with chords. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Jim Worland Guitars: Illinois luthier Jim Worland offers everything from affordable stock models to extravagant custom creations. By Teja Gerken
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Full Circle: Learn how to navigate the modulations in circle-of-fifths progressions. By Scott Nygaard.
Building Fingerstyle Jazz Arrangments: Pick the right key, style, and time signature to create a unique setting for your melody. By Sean McGowan.
Circa 1916 Charlie N. Anglemire. By Teja Gerken.