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Eva Cassidy Songbird
Songbird was originally written by Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, who described the song as being “like a gift from the angels”, having materialised in around half an hour in the middle of the night. With truly universal appeal, the song drew more
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Welcome…
I’m sure you’ll have noticed our bold claim of a ‘new’ generation of acoustic guitarists on this month’s cover. Truth be told, I’m always a little nervous of using the word ‘new’ when it relates to music. Even the greatest musical visionaries are pro
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Lessons In Loop
Using a looper to layer guitar tracks can be a fantastic way of getting more out of your guitar playing. Use it as a learning tool and stack tracks with a harmonically ‘correct’ approach or free your ears from all constraints and just see what happen
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“I Was Hearing Stuff On The Radio That Doesn’t Have Guitar In It. I Found That Really Strange...”
“I just flow with whatever I’m feeling...” Going into 2020, Tash Sultana was riding high. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who is gender-fluid and uses the pronoun ‘they’, had sold out three nights at Brixton Academy before their de
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“Blues Is About Passion And Emotion, And Gary Moore Had That In Spades”
If you play high-gain, uptempo blues these days, chances are the late, great Gary Moore is one of your go-to guys. That’s certainly true of Kris Barras, a leading name among the modern generation of blues rock guitarists. “Gary loved traditional blue
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“I Call It Modern Pop Blues”
On the debut album by Scottish four-piece The Snuts, lead guitarist Joe McGillveray is adding new pages to the indie guitar rulebook. Influenced first by his father’s record collection and then by plenty of indie rock from the early 2000s, this large
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Ruben Wan
If you were to mix George Benson’s love for chromaticism with John Mayer’s most soul-driven licks, you would end up sounding something like Ruben Wan. The young LA-based guitarist will be releasing his new EP Chapter One: Guitar this year, and he tel
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True Single Coil
P RS use many different ways of switching their pickups from full humbucking mode to single coil. Typically, the split wire from the junction of the two coils is grounded leaving just one coil active. That’s the way most people do it. PRS usually pla
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Super Noodles
Besides Green Day, no band did more to take punk into the mainstream in the 90s than The Offspring, whose breakout hit, 1994’s (Smash, became the world’s best-selling album on an independent label. In a career spanning 37 years, the band has now sold
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“The Guitar Is Such A Huge Playing Field. People Get Their Kicks Out Of It In So Many Different Ways...”
For all the aesthetic distance between their new albums, there is undeniably a sense of creative kinship between Ben Howard and John Smith. They are at the vanguard of a new generation of singer-songwriters who have helped shatter the open-chords-and
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Mary Had A Little Lamb
By 1982, Stevie Ray Vaughan was already making a name for himself with Double Trouble, playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, when his career got a further boost from none other than Jackson Browne, who offered the band free studio time – and David B
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“I Feel Like I’ve Completed My Tone Mission”
The last couple of years have arguably been the most prolific of John Petrucci’s career to date – with Dream Theater’s 14th album Distance Over Time followed by his first solo album in 15 years and now the long-awaited return of instrumental project
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SteveCropper Photos Michael Wilson
s a member of Booker T & The MG’s, the man they A call The Colonel helped define the classic 60s ‘Memphis Soul’ sound. His oft-imitated Telecaster sound powers countless hits on the legendary Stax label, he co-wrote classic tunes including Sitting O
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Playing In The Key Of Sea
Ahoy there! In this feature, we’re exploring the centuries-old musical style that has enjoyed an unlikely resurgence in 2021: the sea shanty. Both Bristol folk group The Longest Johns and Scottish postie Nathan Evans recently experienced viral succes
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The New Acoustic Generation
With an undeniable ear for a hit and unfailing rhythmic accuracy, Gabriella delivers some of the most crowd-pleasing repertoire of any acoustic YouTuber. Unsurprisingly for a Swede, she’s done a number of reworked ABBA tunes, but her arrangements of
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At A Glance
BODY: Mahogany with figured maple veneer over maple top NECK: Maple, wide thin profile, glued-in SCALE: 25” (635mm) FINGERBOARD: Rosewood/10” radius FRETS: 24, medium PICKUPS: PRS 85/15 ‘S’ Treble and Bass humbuckers CONTROLS: Master volume and
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Sheeran By Lowden W03
If you’ve been following the Ed Sheeran/Lowden Guitars story so far you may be wondering why we’re reviewing a launch model from 2019 now – yes the W03 was part of the impressive eight-guitar line-up that debuted at NAMM that year, but this is the 20
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Gojira
Another World was the first single released from Gojira’s forthcoming eighth studio album Fortitude. Guitarists Joe Duplantier and Christian Andreu are known for their tight, powerful riffing style drawing on influences like Tool, Sepultura and Metal
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Pop Art
In just the first few months of 2021, we’ve already seen some ridiculously sweet six-string releases from Fender, including the Mike McCready 1960 Stratocaster, 1969 Ford Mustang Resto-Mod and the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster. But the company may have ou
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Boss Rc-5
For some, the only functionality required from a looper is to track chords to jam over at home, but others will need far more capabilities as they explore the potential of multiples tracks and samples onstage. Boss has earned itself an impressive rep
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Beauty In Tension
Some of the greatest albums of all time turn 50 years old in 2021 – among them The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Led Zeppelin’s fourth, and Joni Mitchell’s Blue. The latter has long been acclaimed as a peak of Joni’s
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Cort Core-oc Blackwood
There was once a time when an electro-acoustic with solid back and sides for £500 would seem the stuff of guitar dreams, an ambition never to be spoken out loud. But here we are. Nevertheless, the price range this China-made Cort finds itself in is h
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Mary Had A Little Lamb
Words and Music by Buddy Guy Copyright © 1988 Mic Shau Music Company All Rights Administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard Europe Ltd. This combination of
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Start Me Up!
1 The new HX Stomp goes big with five extra footswitches to bring the total to eight. That’s the only difference between this and the wildly popular original but it’s going to be a big one for many players, opening the amp and effects processor up to
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Open-mic Songbook Ed Sheeran Afterglow
Landing in December 2020, Afterglow is Ed Sheeran’s most recent single, and was an immediate hit. 2019’s No.6 Collaborations Project was a predominantly electronic hip hop and R ’n’ B affair, but Ed’s back on steel-string acoustic here, performing th
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Tab Guide
Tab is short for tablature, a notational system used to give detailed information as to where notes should be played on the fretboard. Tab appears underneath conventional music notation as six horizontal lines that represent the strings of the guitar
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Got The Blues
Gary Moore’s era-defining 1990 album Still Got The Blues sends ripples through the guitar world to this day, as a new generation of guitarists continue to deliver the fire and passion of blues to a modern audience. Joe Bonamassa is the de facto heir
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Types Of Shanty
There are several types of shanty; directly related to the job at hand: 1 SHORT-DRAG (OR SHORT-HAUL) SHANTIES Tasks which required short bursts of energy and a quick pull (like shortening a sail), e.g. Paddy Doyle’s Boots. 2 LONG-HAUL SHANTIES Th
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The Man with Two Brains
In recent years, Blackpool-born singer-songwriter Jon Gomm has taken his dazzling acoustic techniques to new creative peaks. His no-holds-barred approach is one that borrows from a smorgasbord of tapped harmonics, tuning peg bends and two-handed perc
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Soon May The Wellerman Come
Now, admittedly, we can’t imagine that guitar, amp and pedalboard featured too highly in most 19th century sailors’ luggage – we’ll concede that. Still, we’re not going to let that stop us from plugging in and rocking out with our own version of Well
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