Special Focus: Recording and Marketing Yourself

In this two-part special section, AG experts share strategies for getting your music out of your head and into the ears and hands of others. Includes a guide to recording yourself at a variety of price points, with attention to gear and techniques, as well a primer on self-marketing, sharing music, social media do’s and dont’s, and more.


Features and Departments

  • Eric Skye: A chat with the Portland-based fingerstyle guitarist about his signature model Santa Cruz and his jazz and blues influences, as heard on his latest solo guitar album, Ballads and Blues
  • Nick Drake: A lesson on the idiosyncratic guitar style of the late singer-songwriter, complete with his unique tunings, and in standard notation and tablature.
  • Alan Lomax: Nathan Salsburg reflects on the acoustic guitar recordings in the archive of the legendary folklorist.
  • Woodshed: An introduction to Celtic guitar through Al Petteway’s arrangement of “The Choice Wife,” in DADGAD tuning
  • Weekly Workout: Jeff Gunn demonstrates the different types of harmonics available on the acoustic guitar and how to put them to use
  • Here’s How: How to read a chart, find a song’s key, figure out the basic chord progression, etc.
  • The Basics: Go beyond memorizing grips and learn the fundamentals of chord construction
  • Makers & Shakers: D’Addario CEO Jim D’Addario talks innovation and design
  • More Songs! AG’s newly expanded song section will feature Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” the blues ballad “Railroad Bill,” “Buck Curran’s fingerstyle “Song for Liam,” the campfire classic “Home On the Range,” and more
  • New Gear: A first look at the new Collings C100, Cloudvocal iSolo wireless guitar pickup/microphone/recording system, CEntrance MixerFace R4 moblie recording interface/app
  • Playlist: Reviews of new releases from Mandolin Orange, David Crosby, and more


Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by December 7, 2018
  • Advertising materials due by December 14, 2018
  • Issue on sale February 5, 2019

*subject to change


Photo Credit:

A group of friends gathered at a party in New York City, about 1940. Left to right, the men are Henry Cowell, Alan Lomax, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee. According to a handwritten caption on Bess Lomax Hawes’s copy of the photo, the woman with her back to the camera is Toshi Seeger. Bess Lomax Hawes Collection​, Library of Congress.