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Articles by Andy Ellis

Album Review: John Doyle - Shadow and Light

December 20, 2011
On Shadow and Light, Doyle’s second solo album, we’re treated to two beautifully crafted instrumentals (combined, these intricate medleys total almost 15 minutes) and a rich collection of original songs that tell the story of Irish soldiers, immigrants, lovers, and lost souls.
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Fingerstyle Guitar Legend Paul Yandell: 1935-2011

November 21, 2011
Yandell was revered and respected as the man who played guitar with Chet Atkins for almost a quarter century.
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Tuning Up: The Relentless Pursuit of Inspiration

November 15, 2011
Discovering a new musical concept or making a technical breakthrough is more exciting for me than acquiring a new piece of gear.
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Album Review: Andy Reiss, Ranger Doug, and Bobby Durham - "The Art of the Archtop"

November 15, 2011
If you’re a fan of classic archtop guitar, you’ll be delighted with this beautifully recorded and relentlessly swinging set of tunes celebrating the f-hole sound.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Exercise Your Independence

November 15, 2011
Another aspect of fingerstyle technique: fretting-finger independence.
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CD Review: Kenny Vaughan - "V"

October 18, 2011
The sound of Bakersfield honky tonk—with its punchy Telecaster twang, strong backbeat, and stripped-down instrumentation—permeates V, Kenny Vaughan’s debut solo album.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Picking on the Ring Finger

October 18, 2011
This month we begin a series of lessons that focus on developing fingerstyle chops.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Spin the Wheel, Map the Fretboard

September 20, 2011
Learning to name the notes on the fretboard is a big deal. The goal is to be able to press any string to any fret and immediately identify the resulting note.
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GALLERY: Nashville Amp Expo 2011

August 24, 2011
A taste of the new, beautiful, and sometimes outrageous gear that made this year''s Nashville Amp Expo such a success.
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CD Review: David Bromberg - "Use Me"

August 16, 2011
For his latest release, "Use Me," the 66-year-old-string wizard gathered a few friends in studios around the country to help him celebrate his return to guitar and concertizing.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Running in Circles

August 16, 2011
Do you ever feel trapped on the fretboard? Comfortable in certain keys, but utterly lost in others? If so, you’re not alone.
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Masterpieces From Montreal: Montreal Guitar Show 2011

August 16, 2011
We travel to the fifth-annual Montreal Guitar Show to bring you photos, specs, and video interviews on the latest designs from some of the world’s most highly esteemed and forward-thinking luthiers.
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Music City Pickers, Singers, and Fans Celebrate Fingerstyle Wizard Pete Huttlinger

July 28, 2011
On Tuesday, July 26, a standing-room-only crowd of enthusiastic music lovers gathered at the Mercy Lounge to help raise money for guitarist Pete Huttlinger.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Guitar George

July 19, 2011
Choose a note and then play as many chords as possible that each include this particular tone in the identical fretboard location.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Sparkle Voicings

June 14, 2011
In this lesson, we’ll adapt—and greatly simplify—Lenny Breau’s approach, and use it to generate chord voicings that would be difficult or impossible to play with standard guitar technique.
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CD Review: Steve Dawson - "Nightshade"

June 14, 2011
Featuring stirring performances from a host of superb guitarists (including Kelly Joe Phelps, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Frisell, and Bob Brozman), the album is both an aural delight and an inspiring collection of edgy songs.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Stealth Quartal Colors

May 17, 2011
For two months now, we’ve been investigating quartal harmony and learning how to use fourths as building blocks for our chord voicings, rather than the traditional thirds. We’ve looked
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CD Review: Ben Hall - "Ben Hall!"

April 19, 2011
Expect to hear a lot more from this extraordinary 22-year-old fingerpicker.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Crazy Quartal Comping

April 19, 2011
In this lesson, we’ll map out three-note forms on the lower string sets and then test-drive larger four- and five-note quartal voicings.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Exploring Quartal Harmony

March 15, 2011
Rather than using major and minor thirds—the intervals found in typical chordal harmony—we’re going to use fourths as our harmonic building blocks.
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