Read the September 2018 Issue

ARTICLES

Brothers Osborne: What Comes Naturally

July 31, 2018
Family duo John and TJ combine a lifetime of country and classic-rock influences on Port Saint Joe, while the guitar takes center stage.
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Lonesome Chords: A Simple Song Opens Harmonic Doors

July 7, 2018
Hank Williams' classic country tune offers inspiring ways to tweak and expand a chord progression.
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Meshell Ndegeocello: The Melody, the Lyric, and the Beat

May 29, 2018
The acclaimed bassist rebuilds a set of cover songs on her latest album, Ventriloquism, while focusing on her personal connection to classic soul and R&B, and creating plenty of room for all-star guitar contributions.
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A Plane Shame: Traveling on Airlines with Guitars

April 3, 2018
The ins—and especially the outs—of carrying a guitar on commercial flights, with tips and horror stories from Dave Davies, Kaki King, Tortoise’s Jeff Parker, and others.
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How to Use Triads

March 31, 2018
These three-note chords are the most underrated tools in your guitar-playing kit. Here’s why.
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Bill Frisell: Made to Shine

March 27, 2018
A quiet guitar genius redefines his approach to playing solo and extends his improvisational vision on Music IS, drawing on a 6-string palette beyond the Telecaster.
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Digging Deeper: Jimmy Bryant

December 30, 2017
Learn how one of the original country shredders broke the rules and created some of the most frenetic and crazed country solos of his time.
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Victor Wooten: Speak Your Voice

December 14, 2017
The bass virtuoso expounds on the magic of improvisation, finding music in the world around us, and recording his latest album, Trypnotyx, with the help of pitch-shifting pedals, MIDI gear, and an eclectic crew of musicians.
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Jonny Lang’s National Anthem

October 4, 2017
The blues-rock guitarist breaks new sonic ground with the help of a dirty little ’60s Valco-built amp, a clutch of vintage and modern axes, and a raw, live-in-the-studio strategy on his new album, Signs.
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Descartes a Kant: Polyamorous Theory

July 31, 2017
The avant-garde Mexican rockers employ all genres and a giddy love for effects to express haphazard riffs, and above all, maintain a value for melody and a message.
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