Lessons

Bill Withers playing acoustic guitar and singing

Video Lesson: Inside the Soulful Acoustic Guitar Style of Bill Withers

An immersion in Bill Withers’ music brings powerful lessons for any guitar-playing songwriter, especially about the value of directness. This lesson goes inside some of Withers’ best songs—especially from his first few albums, when his own guitar was most prominent—to reveal the understated accompaniment style that carries them.
Acoustic guitar played with a slide

Getting Started with Slide Guitar

The focus of this month’s series is how to play slide guitar—an approach that first became popular through blues guitarists like Robert Johnson and Son House and Hawaiian musicians such as Sol Hoopii.