The 1991 Collings Custom C10 (serial number 524) was James’ main flattop for three decades, and the one he considered his best.
This version of “Little Liza Jane” comes from the eastern Kentucky fiddler J.P. Fraley (1923–2011), who played it in the key of A major.
One of James' most popular tunes, “Talco Girl” is supported by a guitar accompaniment that would make a smart instrumental composition on its own.
The Pro Series Concert includes some of the maker’s signature touches in a well-made instrument that’s ready for the stage or studio.
Werbin talks about balancing dreams and realities at the celebrated East Lansing, Michigan, music store founded by her father, Stan Werbin, in 1972.
The acoustic music world lost one of its most colorful figures when Steve James passed away on January 6, 2023, at 72.
The eight-string guitarist's latest album, ‘Che Argentina,’ is a passion project devoted to 20th-century works by seven Argentine composers.
Strings' version of this traditional song includes two solos that quote some signature Doc Watson licks.
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.
George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan had so much fun recording this song that they ended up making a band together.
With its character-driven narrative and fingerpicking guitar, “Just Like That” taps into Raitt’s love of the folk ballads of her songwriting contemporaries.
Here are some ways to blend different fingerstyle techniques together to add variety and complexity to your guitar playing.
When to change strings is an age-old question with no clear answer, and one that I still field regularly from repair clients.
Whatever your experience level, here are a few tips that will set you on a direct path to being able to play your favorite pieces without relying on sheet music.
On their latest release, In Between Thoughts... A New World, the spiritually inclined pair have invested their pan-genre musical values with some of their own more metaphysical ones.
The albums is an extension of Lenée’s current fascinations, which include experimenting with fingerstyle on the 12-string and an ongoing exploration of alternate tunings.
The duo has crafted a colorful soundscape of quietly brilliant flatpicking interpretations of classic American fiddle tunes.
Here we continue exploring boom-chuck, with an emphasis on moving bass lines
Half the songs on Miss Rhythm are originals, though if you didn’t see the writing credits, you could easily be fooled into thinking that they were pulled off scratchy 78s from the ’20s or ’30s.
The duo showcases their classic country songwriting skills on their latest Compass Records release.
The nimble and expressive Colombian classical guitarist Irene Gómez has always played a diverse repertoire, as befits a musician whose varied guitar education included programs in her native country, in France, and at Juilliard in New York, where she studied with Sharon Isbin.
The songs on Joe Henry’s latest album 'All the Eye Can See' refuse to give up their mysteries, the melodies wandering like question marks with the lyrics threading a thin line between knowing and unknowing.