august 2014

"I know a fair amount about theory and chord construction and things like that, but when I'm writing, I try to use my ear and let things happen as naturally as I can."

On his new EP, Mythmaker, the acoustic virtuoso introduces surprising new sounds—and a new approach to releasing music.

It has been nearly a decade since Andy McKee's video for “Drifting" turned the former guitar teacher from Topeka, Kansas, into one of YouTube's first viral music stars. Millions of views and a spate of critically acclaimed albums followed, but it's McKee's ability as a live performer—one who can pull orchestral sound out of a single guitar—that has kept him on the road almost constantly.

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Guitar store staff have better things to do than clean your instrument, so a well-loved but unsoiled 6-string like this is going to command a higher trade-in value than one that comes in covered in years of residue.

Believe it or not, you can boost the value of your instrument by making everyone's life a little easier … and cleaner!

There's an overwhelming amount of activity in the guitar market these days, and the sheer amount of demand has left some manufacturers struggling to keep up. But rather than wait around for stores to re-stock, more and more customers are shopping for used and vintage guitars. You might wonder, where do all those used guitars come from?

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How jangle, glam, punk, shoegaze, and more blended to create a worldwide phenomenon. Just don’t forget your tambourine.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Learn genre-defining elements of Britpop guitar.
  • Use the various elements to create your own Britpop songs.
  • Discover how “borrowing” from the best can enrich your own playing.
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When considering the many bands that fall under the term “Britpop”–Oasis, Blur, Suede, Elastica, Radiohead’s early work, and more–it’s clear that the genre is more an attitude than a specific musical style. Still, there are a few guitar techniques and approaches that abound in the genre, many of which have been “borrowed” (the British music press’ friendly way of saying “appropriated”) from earlier British bands of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s.

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