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November 2008 Blog Posts (9)

Joan Baez at Herbst Theater

Joan Baez’s new CD Day After Tomorrow has been creating a bit of a stir lately. Produced by Steve Earle, with all-acoustic instrumentation and an all-star Nashville band—Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Viktor Krauss, Kenny Malone—the album is one of Joan’s best in many years and has even made Amazon’s Top Ten Folk Albums of 2008. But the recording pales in comparison to Joan’s live show and rockin’ new band: John Doyle on guitar and mandola; Dirk Powell on banjo, mandolin, accordion, and… Continue

Added by Scott Nygaard on November 25, 2008 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Diamonds (and Guitars) Are Forever

Here's a good reason to refrain from hitting the clicker when the commercial breaks hit in the coming weeks. The "Diamonds Are Forever" advertising campaign has been updated for this year's holiday onslaught to include Laurence Juber's stellar fingerstyle version of "Stand by Me." It's the ad that shows a couple walking down tree-lined paths in Central Park, a beautiful scene made even better with guitar music. Sorry, no word on similar updates to the… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on November 22, 2008 at 12:27pm — No Comments

The Lydian Mode

The Lydian Mode

Expanding the Musical Vocabulary


© Larry Allen Brown



One of the interesting things that can be done when improvising over a major chord is to shift into the Lydian Mode. It's easy to do.



The characteristic note in the Lydian mode is the raised 4th. ( flatted 5th ). When improvising on the guitar for example, spotting that note in the heat of the moment can be difficult. There is a very simple way to do this.



Knowing the… Continue

Added by Larry Allen Brown on November 18, 2008 at 5:29pm — 2 Comments

The Harmonized Major Scale

The Harmonized Major Scale

What is Diatonic Harmony?


© Larry Allen Brown



Oct 2, 2008



Where do chords come from in music and how are they constructed? It all begins with the major scale.



The importance of knowing and understanding the harmonized major scale is vital to any musicians ability to communicate something melodic when soloing over a chord progression or in composing music that makes sense.



What is the Harmonized… Continue

Added by Larry Allen Brown on November 18, 2008 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Martin Simpson

I spent a remarkable afternoon with British guitarist and singer extraordinaire Martin Simpson last Friday. Martin is currently on his first tour of the US in about five years, and since he was in the area to play Berkeley, California’s Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse that night, we asked him to come to the Acoustic Guitar office for an interview and video shoot that will yield a feature lesson… Continue

Added by Teja Gerken, Senior Editor on November 18, 2008 at 10:49am — 6 Comments

How to: Get NOTICED by MTV Music Television

Recently a new opportunity has come to my attention on how to get noticed by MTV programming directors.

They have created a new site that users and fans can join and CLICK TO VOTE for your favorite artists.

This site is called MTV Soundtrack. I have joined this program and you can see an example of an artist profile by visiting my profile just CLICK THIS LINK http://www.soundtrack.mtv.com/profile/JeffWilliams



The popularity of Acoustic Guitar Music is experiencing a big… Continue

Added by Jeff Williams on November 17, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Day at Taylor Guitars

Editorial Director Dan Gabel and I spent a day at the Taylor Guitars factory in El Cajon, California a couple of weeks ago. The reason for our trip was an upcoming feature story on the company, and Bob Taylor graciously gave us an in-depth tour of the facility.



Even though I’ve visited Taylor several times, I’m always amazed that I discover things that I didn’t see before—this time, it was Taylor’s high-tech side benders and actually seeing… Continue

Added by Teja Gerken, Senior Editor on November 13, 2008 at 2:06pm — No Comments

January 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar

The January 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar is heading your way, so watch for it in your mailbox and on newsstands shortly. And watch for the exclusive audio and video web features to show up soon at acousticguitar.com. The cover story is an interview and lesson with fingerstyle-jazz great Earl Klugh, who sheds light on his approach to arranging tunes like the classic “All the Things You Are” (fully transcribed in this issue). You'll get a look… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on November 12, 2008 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

Blast from the Past

I’ve been a Neil Young fan since I was a wee lad, back when I used to wear out my pop’s record collection (I think he’s yet to forgive me for breaking that 45 of the theme from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly). So it was a joy to get my hands on a copy of Young’s Sugar Mountain Live (out on December 2), a heretofore unreleased 2-track recording that captures an intimate solo acoustic performance not long after Shakey split from the Buffalo Springfield. Chock full of his… Continue

Added by Managing Editor Mark Smith on November 6, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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