Don’t let the term diatonic harmonic interval scare you; it simply means two notes from the same scale played at the same time. Harmonic intervals are particularly useful on the acoustic guitar because they lend heft to single-note lines, especially up the neck, and they are staples of blues, country, R&B and traditional Spanish and Latino music. In a previous lesson we discussed one such interval (the third), and this time we’ll look at its cousin, the sixth.
I’ll rarely pass up an opportunity to catch a show at one of the greatest venues in the Bay Area–The Fox Theater–so when I saw Iron & Wine was on the calendar, I made plans to be there. I was (and still am) a huge fan of Iron & Wine’s 2004 release, Our Endless Numbered Days, so I jumped at the chance to see Sam Beam at The Fox, who is touring in support of his latest record, Ghost on Ghost. Admittedly, I haven’t kept up with Beam much these days, but I was excited to see where the last few years had taken him.
From Binghamton, NY comes Driftwood, a young string band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring unvarnished energy to the Americana music scene. Incorporating upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin, they channel the ghost of traditional American folk music but the melodies, the harmonies and the lyrics are something else entirely.
Enter Now! This month we're giving away a Roland AC-40 Acoustic Chorus Guitar Amplifier! This compact acoustic amp is super lightweight at less than 12 lbs. and has dual 6.5 inch speakers for stereo and a tilt stand to angle the amp upwards. Plus in your guitar, and even your mic and go! Great for singer/songwriters and more.
Deadlines are coming up fast for the 26th annual Folk Alliance Conference. Artists must apply by November 12 through SonicBids or by mail to be considered for an official Performance Alley showcase. The early bird registration deadline for the conference is 11:59 p.m. CST November 12.
I purchased my 2000 Ovation Collectors Edition in the same year it was built. It’s a medium depth acoustic/electric guitar. Coming from a primarily electric background, I wanted an acoustic that would make my hands feel right at home.
Poor Old Shine is a roots band with a grassroots ethos. The Connecticut quintet prizes the human element that underpins their music, from songwriting to recording to album design and even choice of record label. Poor Old Shine has just released its self-titled debut studio LP, recorded with Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Joy Kills Sorrow), this week on Signature Sounds.