Articles by : jon-chappell



July 14, 2008

Get Schooled on the Titans of Twang

March 3, 2008

You can keep your flashy Tele pickers, with all their hybrid pick-and-fingers workarounds (cheaters!), their feather-light strings (wimps!),...

January 24, 2008

Lots of American guitarists who take a patriotic view of their music like to trace the lineage of rock and roll from blues to country to roc...

December 3, 2007

Blues Guitar from a Lone Star State of Mind

October 29, 2007

Born in Jug’s Corner, Mississippi, in 1915, Muddy Waters (1915-1983, born McKinley Morganfield) was, to say the least, an important historic...

October 29, 2007

Merle Haggard’s right hand guitar man for years was the late, great Roy Nichols (1932 2001), a teen prodigy whom Haggard first idolized from...

October 29, 2007

Taking nothing away from Sir Paul and Sir Elton, but if the Queen is going to give out knighthoods for musicians, Her Royal Highness should ...

October 29, 2007

Elmore James (1918-1963) was a Chicago-based blues player best known for his electric slide work. His most famous song, “Dust My Broom,” was...

October 29, 2007

Before there was Clapton, Page, and Hendrix, the reigning instrumental guitar god was a mild-mannered low-string picker from Coolidge, Arizo...

October 2, 2007

One of the most sophisticated, all-inclusive, and truly mesmerizing guitar styles is chord melody. A hybrid of rhythmic accompaniment and le...

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