November 2020
Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis

Senior Editor Andy Ellis learned to play classical and rock guitar in France and Germany, and then went on to study jazz at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After playing in bands for several years, Andy discovered he had an affinity for music journalism. During the last two-and-a-half decades, he has written hundreds of features, interviews, and lessons. His work has appeared in virtually every guitar magazine and many websites in the U.S., and dozens of his lessons are collected in popular instructional books. Now based in Nashville, Andy backs singer-songwriters on the baritone guitar.

ARTICLES

Adam Miller

Can AC/DC Sound Like Bill Frisell?

October 21, 2020
Acoustic wizard Adam Miller goes in-depth on how he feels safe playing solo electric guitar and plays an impromptu sleepy-time arrangement of “You Shook Me All Night Long.”
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Adam Miller

How to Play Like You Speak

October 19, 2020
Fingerstyle wizard Adam Miller shares his secrets for mastering your own voice on the guitar.
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Ben Harper

How the Chicks’ Natalie Maines Made Ben Harper a Better Lap-Steel Player

October 9, 2020
Some of the slide veteran’s most important lessons happen when he’s on the other side of the glass.
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Ben Harper

Ben Harper’s Mom Is Not Easily Amused

October 7, 2020
Coming up on his career’s 30-year mark, the guitar vet shares a heart-tugging recent text message that ranks right up there with his three Grammy awards.
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Ben Harper

Ben Harper's Lap-Steel Reboot

October 5, 2020
The longtime Weissenborn devotee reveals how a new Monteleone lap steel forced him to scrap an entire album and start anew.
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Matt Smith

Wait—You’re Still Not Recording?

September 25, 2020
It’s not just a pandemic fad. Matt Smith on why you’re losing out if you don’t take the plunge.
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Matt Smith

The Fine Art of Layering Guitars

September 23, 2020
Matt Smith has a deep understanding of how to stack and mix guitars, and in this episode he explains both what to do and what to avoid when overdubbing.
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Matt Smith

The Secret to Becoming a Multi-instrumentalist

September 21, 2020
Matt Smith plays nearly anything with frets—and a few without. In this episode, he explains how to explore the world of stringed instruments without getting lost along the way.
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Steve Kimock

Steve Kimock on Lap Steel

September 9, 2020
In addition to being a guitar master, Steve is a lap-steel sensei. In this episode, he explains why he became entranced by steel’s slippery sounds and how bluesman Freddie Roulette inspired him to take it up many years ago.
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Chasing Frets

Steve Kimock's Improvised Life

September 7, 2020
Discover what keeps Steve at the forefront of the jam-band scene and what it takes to always approach the guitar with fresh ears.
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Joey Landreth

Joey Landreth on Songcraft and Technology

August 28, 2020
Joey compares and contrasts the various ways people make and share music, and offers valuable tips for keeping it real when you’re working by yourself.
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Joey Landreth

The Magic of Lowell George

August 26, 2020
The late Little Feat slide wizard is one of Joey Landreth's biggest inspirations. Discover why as Joey dissects a handful of Lowell George tracks and explains exactly what he listens for in these epic songs.
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Joey Landreth

Joey Landreth on Open Tunings

August 24, 2020
In this week's first episode, Joey shares a potent technique for mapping the fretboard terrain of any tuning—open or standard—and offers a masterclass in slide guitar.
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Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell on Derek Trucks

August 14, 2020
The slide maestro has inspired Lindsay since she first heard him play. Discover why and learn something about Trucks’ own influences that you might not know.
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Lindsay Ell

The Art of the 8-Bar Solo

August 12, 2020
In contemporary country records, the guitar solos have to be short and powerful. Lindsay Ell explains how her guitar coach, Dann Huff, pushed her while recording her latest album, Heart Theory.
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Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell on Studio Lessons from Dann Huff

August 10, 2020
In this week's first episode, Lindsay describes recording her new album, Heart Theory, and what she learned working with the legendary guitarist who produced it.
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Nili Brosh

Nili Brosh’s Tips for Playing Without Pain

August 7, 2020
Intense rock guitar is demanding on body and soul, and that's especially true in the professional arena, which often approaches full-contact sport. Learn what Nili does to not flame out while keeping it at "11."
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Nili Brosh

Ear Training for the Shred Guitarist

August 5, 2020
The Berklee grad describes her approach to learning tunes and hearing changes—it might not be what you think.
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Nili Brosh

Auditioning 101 With Nili Brosh

August 3, 2020
In this week's first episode, Nili shares her auditioning secrets and tells the story of what it took to land the guitar slot in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: ONE.
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Nir Felder

Nir Felder on How to Structure Your Practice Time

July 17, 2020
Nir details how he approaches his practice sessions and provides tips we can all use for fostering creative growth on guitar. He also reveals why he's played the same Fender Strat for more than two decades.
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