While details of Mitchell's playing are tough to discern on the original, this newly released solo demo is especially illuminating.
D’Agostino uses unorthodox tunings, percussion, and other techniques to open up new vistas on the instrument. Yet his compositions feel driven by melody.
Like a magic trick on your guitar, partial capos hold down some strings while leaving others untouched, changing the intervals between open strings.
With tight harmonies, sturdy twin guitar strumming, thoughtful lyrics, and a bit of vocal countermelody, the song has all the hallmarks of the duo's style.
Catch up with one of your favorite bluegrass bands!
Review: ‘Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 3’ Takes a Deep Dive Into Her Creative Breakthroughs of the Early ’70s
New Rhino set spans a time when Mitchell made multiple musical breakthroughs—as a songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader.
Thirty five years after its release, this powerful narrative, with its distinctive guitar part, feels as vital as ever.
Explore Double Dropped D, an Accessible Alternate Tuning Used in Classic Songs from Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, and Many Others
Lowering your first and sixth strings from E to D opens up enticing new possibilities on both the low and high ends of the guitar.
What gives this music such vitality and allure, even for those who didn't grow up with Beatlemania in the 1960s?
Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, aka the Milk Carton Kids, discuss the creative process behind what is perhaps their strongest set of songs to date.
It’s remarkable to say that even after all these decades of exploring all sorts of sonic and stylistic terrain, ‘Seven Psalms’ is unlike any other Paul Simon creation.
Watkins has developed a guitar vocabulary quite different from the classic boom-chuck.
We sat down with Bruce Cockburn to discuss songwriting, creativity, guitars, and his top guitar-playing tips.
On ‘Celebrants,’ their first new record in nine years, the trio rekindles their connection and explores new territory.
Here are some of the evocative sounds you can create using chord voicings with notes that are close to each other—just a half step or whole step apart.
To learn more about Larkin Poe's journey from acoustic roots music to amped-up rock, we caught up with the sisters by phone from their home bases in Nashville.
One of the pleasures of DADGAD and other open tunings is letting open strings add lush extensions to chords, as in this arrangement of "Wish You Were Here."
With its character-driven narrative and fingerpicking guitar, “Just Like That” taps into Raitt’s love of the folk ballads of her songwriting contemporaries.
“It’s one of those lonesome blues things, but it’s not a standard 12-bar blues... It’s more like a folk song,” says Traum
This lesson takes a tour of John Prine’s music by way of his guitar style, using examples drawn from some of his most-loved songs.
Mark Erelli, Shawn Colvin, Anaïs Mitchell, Martin Sexton, and Anthony da Costa talk about technique for guitar accompaniment in their songs
The melodies and harmonies of Joni Mitchell's music rarely unfold in ways that our ears have come to expect. Here's a look at her guitar tuning Odyssey.
Join our illustrious panel for an in-depth conversation on songwriting. While each of our guests has a unique perspective and process, they share the belief that you can write songs, too.
As a songwriter, do you stick to your guns and your own songs—or cave and just deliver the hits everyone can sing along with? There’s a healthier way to look at covers: as a creative vehicle that can actually enhance rather than compete with your songwriting.
We talked to a group of artists and educators who share their favorite exercises, strategies, and tricks for helping get beyond the comfort zone and discover new territory on the guitar.