Here’s Kaki King teaching us how to play the fingering pattern from the song “Trying to Speak Parts 1 & 2.” It’s a cut from her brand new album The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, the soundtrack to her multimedia show by the same name. Somehow when the incomparable Kaki King shares the trick to this riff she makes it look easy. But then watch her crank it full speed and holy moly!
Maple is the tonewood of choice for the back and sides of most acoustic archtop and jazz guitars, but relatively few flattop guitar models have maple bodies.
Maple has enjoyed popularity as a tonewood for jumbo flattops, but most players generally prefer these instruments for strumming loud rhythms and little else (which is why maple jumbos have been the flattop of choice for players from Elvis Presley to Pete Townshend). Taylor’s 618e Grand Orchestra model can be a big, bold and loud sound cannon that is certainly ideal for these applications, but it’s much more well-rounded, sweeter and warmer sounding as well thanks to construction refinements developed by master builder Andy Powers. As a result, it’s one of the most versatile jumbo flattop acoustics available on the market today.
Americana due The Grahams' new long-player, the explosive and aptly named Glory Bound, was helmed by Grammy-nominated producer Wes Sharon (John Fullbright, Parker Millsap) at his 115 Recording studio in Norman, Okla., and will be released on May 19, 2015 on 12 South Records via RED Music (through Sony Music).
Will Dailey has paid his dues in the musical trenches, honing his writing, instrumental and production chops to a fine, but just grungy enough, sheen. Last year he released his latest labor of love, the album National Throat to great critical and popular success. The collection of raw, heartfelt and just darn good songs is the crowning achievement to date of this hardworking artist. Here we talk to Dailey and share two of his songs.
I saw The Weepies play live a few years back at the Fillmore in San Francisco. I was immediately mesmerized by their intimate and incredibly musical interpretations of their well-written and heartfelt material. Here I check out their new release, SIRENS, due out April 28.
Breedlove Stringed Instruments is proud to present the 2015 Studio Series, designed and quality checked in Bend, Oregon. Designed for recorded acoustic guitar performances, the Studio series captures all the sparkling detail and nuance of your performance. The figured maple back and sides offer a clear, precise tone that rises above the mix.
Blues Traveler just seem comfortable in their own skin. Take the title track from their upcoming release Blow Up The Moon. “Blow Up The Moon” is the result of a collaboration between Blues Traveler and electronic duo Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte, better known as 3OH!3, with contribution from J.C. Chasez (*NSYNC) as well.
C. F. Martin & Co. announced it has received a patent for its guitar-neck-joint router system, originally introduced in 2012. Created and spearheaded by Theresa Hoffman, engineering project manager at Martin, the machine is a complex combination of measuring sensors, a scanning probe, aluminum tooling and three different cutting tools.
Classical guitar has a PR problem. It seems to lack the "cool" factor steel-string guitars enjoy, and it doesn’t seem to be perceived as sexy as the electric guitar by a lot of people. You rarely see classical guitarists skyrocketing to mainstream fame, and you hardly hear of one being referred to as a guitar hero. But why? The truth is, classical guitar is sexy as hell—maybe even sexier than steel-string and electric guitars.