Julian Lage is much more than just a jazz musician. While his musical foundation is rooted firmly in the world of bebop and swing, his playing encapsulates the full breadth of 20th-century American music. The ghosts of Eddie Lang, Skip James, Doc Watson and Elizabeth Cotton haunt his vintage Martin 000-18, with which he creates a sound that is distinctly modern yet deeply indebted to the American folk music tradition.
Clay and I continually running into people throughout SongTown territories that have "write-up-itis." We can spot the affliction immediately, because we have both battled this dreadful and potentially fatal disease in the past.
Bill Lloyd doesn't play music, he IS music. And good music at that! From founding The Long Players, the uber popular band in Nashville who play classic albums from beginning to end with famous guest singers to in Nashville to writing his own classic albums under his name and previously Foster & Lloyd (RCA). Bill understands songs inside and out both technically and emotionally.
Here’s a fun song from folk legend Tom Paxton. “The Battle of the Sexes” is from this artist’s Redemption Road album, out March 10. Chock full of clever lyrics and a rollicking fiddle-laden arrangement, “I’m A Sinner” celebrates with a tongue-in-cheek ride through historic male/female conflict. Fun, fun, fun!
Featuring performances by multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat, rock icons The Bangles, Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, guitarists Orianthi and Richie Sambora, the event celebrated women in music.
We recently had acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel drop by the Acoustic Nation studio. In addition to an exclusive interview and lesson, he also treated us to a personal performance of his track, “Hope Street.” Inspired by the unlikely combination of George Harrison and Keb’ Mo’, the tune implements Emmanuel’s trademark picking style along with some genius melodic work.
Cifras, a Brazil-based guitar-centric website, posted this brief video to its Facebook page earlier this month. It shows a 10-year-old blind boy, Felix St. Hilare of Quebec, Canada, performing a bit of Robert Johnson-style Delta blues on acoustic guitar, which he plays flat on his lap, much like the late Jeff Healey.
In this episode I go over a basic strumming pattern stressing the downs in the first measure and the ups in the second measure of each chord. This can help to create a powerful feel without being abrupt. The key is to be fluid in the right hand. Experiment with this concept using various chord progressions.
So you’ve reached that point in the song; you’ve written two verses and a chorus, and that little voice in your head says “I need to write a bridge.” But do you really??? When do you know if a song truly needs a bridge?
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
I know what you’re thinking. Slipknot and “acoustic” just don’t go together. But the band, Listopad, disagrees. And you will be glad you do when you check out their acoustic video of Slipknot’s “Before I Forget.” This super cool unplugged take is loaded with energy and angst.
Although all of these classic songs may not have been originally recorded on acoustic, they all are perfect for an acoustic jam. These aren’t ranked in any order, just ten great songs that are super easy to play. Even if you can’t master the iconic riffs that are part of most of these, they’re all great to add to your fun strumming repertoire.
Certain memorable themes, like those of Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me” and Gustavo Santaolalla’s "Brokeback Mountain," to name just two, artfully derive melodies and chordal accompaniment from an extraordinarily useful system called scale harmony.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, a collaborative album project from Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett, will be released November 11 on Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records.
LR Baggs recently unveiled this video featuring country songwriter Sturgill Simpson. The clip showcases Simpson performing his track “Life of Sin” live at legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN. According to the video’s description, Sturgill’s guitar was recorded direct with the LR Baggs Lyric Classical internal microphone.