No. 228, December 2011

Jerry Garcia-Style Lesson
A look at the Grateful Dead guitarist’s influential acoustic style, which reflected his love of roots music, bluegrass, and modal jazz. By Adam Perlmutter.

Doc Watson and David Holt
Almost 30 years since their first collaboration, the North Carolina musicians continue to explore the rich traditions of American folk. By Carol Rifkin.

Archtop Guitar Heroes
John D'Angelico, Jimmy D'Aquisto, and John Monteleone and their New York archtop guitar making legacy. By Bill Milkowski.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Boulder to Birmingham. Words and music by Emmylou Harris and Bill Danoff. By Andrew DuBrock.
What Child Is This? Traditional, arranged by Peter Penhallow. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Two-Handed Grooves Lesson. Fingerstyle guitarist Antoine Dufour on creating grooves with two-handed tapping and other percussive techniques. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 1
Collings OM1A Review. Acoustic Guitar checks out a mahogany and Adirondack OM. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 2
Boulder Creek ERJ7-N Review. Radical design concepts in mid-priced jumbo. By Jason Borisoff.

NEW GEAR 3
Fishman Blackstack Pickup. A passive, easy-to-install humbucking magnetic pickup with adjustable pole pieces. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Over the Rhine. Karen Bergquist and Linford Detweiler conjure fresh approaches to their soulful, American-roots-influenced pop. By Celine Keating.

HERE'S HOW
Maintain Your Fingernails. How to strengthen, cultivate, and shape your nails for fingerstyle. Excerpt from Alex De Grassi Fingerstyle Method. By Alex De Grassi.

THE BASICS
Travis Picking in 3/4 Time. Adapt 4/4 alternating-bass fingerpicking patterns for waltz time. By John Horne.
Delta Blues Lesson. Play bluesy riffs on top of a monotonic bass for a classic Delta sound. Excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
USB Microphones. These inexpensive microphones make it easy to record directly to your computer. By Gino Robair.

PLAYLIST
Guy Clark, Songs and Stories. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. By Derk Richardson.
Joy Kills Sorrow, This Unknown Science. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Kasey Chambers, Little Bird. By Mike Thomas.
Mason Jennings, Minnesota. By Mike Thomas.
Melissa Ferrick, Still Right Here. By Celine Keating.
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Middle of Everywhere. By Mark Smith.
Richard Buckner, Our Blood. By Mark Smith.
The Duke and the King, The Duke and the King. By Celine Keating.
William Coulter and Benjamin Verdery, Happy Here. By Julia Crowe.

WOODSHED
Picking Hand Technique. How to properly position your picking hand and use rest and free strokes for the best fingerstyle tone. Excerpt from Alex De Grassi Fingerstyle Method. By Alex De Grassi.

SONGBOOK
Urge for Going. Joni Mitchell. By Adam Perlmutter.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2011 Rick Micheletti Rigid Rim. By Teja Gerken.