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Acoustic Guitar magazine

Fingerstyle guitar lesson: pianistic picking

Guitarists often rely on default techniques for accompaniment: strumming, alternating boom-chuck bass/strums, or fingerpicking single-note patterns. You can cover a lot of ground with those techniques, but there’s another way to play that is often overlooked: picking multiple strings simultaneously with your fingers. Just out in the November 2016 issue of Acoustic Guitar: my lesson...

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Woodstock Invitational 2016

Songwriting workshop at Woodstock Invitational guitar festival

I'm thrilled to be returning in October to the Woodstock Invitational, an annual gathering of some of the world's best guitar makers (including Linda Manzer, builder of my most prized guitar) and more than a few brilliant players as well. I'll be covering the event for Acoustic Guitar, a festival sponsor, posting photos and checking out the dazzling display of...

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Graham Nash on his songwriting evolution from the Hollies to CSN

I was trained in my time with the Hollies to write two-and-a-half-minute songs to play right before the news. We knew how to make hit records; we knew how to create music you couldn’t forget after you heard it twice. But the lyrics were a little juvenile, a little teenager, you know—“Riding along on a...

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Kingsmen Louie Louie cover

How to unlock I-IV-V progressions

The chord trinity known as I–IV–V is one of the most useful theoretical concepts for any musician. The I–IV–V is a skeleton key for countless songs in folk, country, rock, blues, and beyond, revealing the basic similarities of, say, “Louie Louie,” “Ring of Fire,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Helpless,” “Three Little Birds,” “I Still Haven’t Found...

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John Doyle on writing songs vs. arranging traditional tunes

Writing, of course, has a very creative aspect, but there’s a creative aspect in arranging—I’d be a historian if I wanted just to mark it down. I wouldn’t see the point in doing [a 1="traditional" 2="tune" ] if it wasn’t creative in some way; I want to bring out my love of the song, to...

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