January
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

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels on Songcraft

January 8, 2021
“You’re not writing until you’re rewriting.”
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels’ 6-String Secrets of the Screen

January 6, 2021
Is that really an F#m7, or are they just faking it?
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels: "I Steal Left and Right From People"

January 4, 2021
Actor and talented acoustic picker Jeff Daniels talks about his influences: Arlo Gurthie, Steve Goodman, Doc Watson, Son House, and more.
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Julian Lage

Mentorship and Apprenticeship

January 1, 2021
Regardless of style, It’s a long, winding road to guitar mastery. Julian Lage describes his journey and who has helped him along the way.
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Julian Lage

Fate or Hard Work … and Maybe a Little Luck?

December 30, 2020
How virtuoso Julian Lage went from transcribing jazz maestro Jim Hall’s solos as a youth to playing alongside the late legend in adulthood.
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Julian Lage

The 12 Commandments of Julian Lage

December 28, 2020
The jazz phenom elaborates on his most prized playing epiphanies.
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Sierra Hull

Sturgill Simpson's Secret Weapon

December 18, 2020
Mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull explains what she’s learned from Bela Fleck, Sturgill Simpson, Allison Krause, and others.
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Sierra Hull

Don't Be Scared of Small Frets

December 14, 2020
Mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull offers essential mando tips for guitarists and shares the story of her early years.
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John Pizzarelli

The Beauty of Bossa Nova

December 4, 2020
Guitar in hand, John Pizzarelli unlocks the secrets of the distinctive fingerstyle rhythms of Brazil’s coolest import.
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John Pizzarelli

Who Do James Taylor and Paul McCartney Call When They Want Jazz?

December 2, 2020
When it comes to swinging standards, few guitarists can match 7-string virtuoso John Pizzarelli.
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John Pizzarelli

7-String Guitars Aren't Just for Djent

November 30, 2020
John Pizzarelli describes how his dad, Bucky Pizzarelli, showed him the way to 7-string bliss.
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Kim Perlak

Your Favorite Player Should Be You

November 13, 2020
Berklee's Dr. Kim Perlak poses the question "Are you comfortable with who you are on the guitar?"
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Kim Perlak

The Parameters of Sound

November 11, 2020
Dr. Kim Perlak outlines the tools every guitarist needs to develop their tone and it has nothing to do with gear.
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Kim Perlak

Are You Ready for Music School?

November 9, 2020
Berklee’s Dr. Kim Perlak tells you how to become a better student of guitar, and why fundamentals are forever.
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Larkin Poe

Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

November 6, 2020
Why Larkin Poe took control of their sound and recorded their latest album in isolation—twice.
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Larkin Poe

What Makes a Good Cover?

November 4, 2020
Larkin Poe describe how (and why) they cover cherished songs from their childhood.
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Larkin Poe

Bluegrass As Boot Camp

November 2, 2020
Deep in the trad trenches, Larkin Poe forged a family band while learning to fail without fear.
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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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