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Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: The Picking Prowess of John McLaughlin

In the mid-to-late Sixties, while Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton were putting the rock into blues, John McLaughlin was injecting it and other flavors into jazz.McLaughlin was influenced by a vast variety of artists, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone and the aforementioned British Invasion ax slingers, as well as Django Reinhardt, and avant-garde... …

The Ragtime-Influenced Fingerpicking of Rev. Gary Davis

American “roots” guitar master (and blind Baptist preacher) Rev. Gary Davis (1896–1972) made his first recording in 1935 while living in the Piedmont region of Durham, North Carolina; along with Blind Boy Fuller and Bull City Red, their flavor of “ragtime infused blues”—mixed with country and popular song stylings—became known as “Piedmont Blues.” ... …

Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: Harnessing a Capo’s Unique, Sparkling Magic

A “capo”—short for capotasto, which means “principal fret” in Italian—is a device used to shorten the vibrating lengths of a guitar’s strings; when fitted behind a given fret, it stops the strings at that point, as if you were barring a finger across them, while creating a new “nut,” or “zero fret,” in the process freeing up all four fingers. ... …