No. 217, January 2011

Get Into a Real Jam
25 ways to enhance your jamming experience. By Nicole Solis.

Andy McKee Lesson
The contemporary fingerstyle sensation explains the percussive style that turned him into a YouTube star. By Doug Young.

Equipment Picks: Andy McKee's Guitars and Gear

All About Guitar Ergonomics
How to make sure your guitar is a good physical match for you. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Babylon. Words and music by David Gray. By Andrew DuBrock.
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere. Words and music by Bob Dylan. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSON
Corey Harris Lesson. The blues guitarist describes the art of fusing American and African musical influences. By Andrew DuBrock.

NEW GEAR 1
Lowden Pierre Bensusan Model Review. Acoustic Guitar checks out the Northern Irish maker's new fingerstyle guitar. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 2
Córdoba Fusion Orchestra Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a hybrid acoustic-electric classical guitar designed for steel-string players that has a warm sound and comfortable feel. By Ruth Parry.

NEW GEAR 3
Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a portable, affordable, and flexible acoustic amp from acoustic amplification pioneers. By Andrew DuBrock.

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Mary Gauthier. The Louisiana-born guitarist and songwriter gives her hardscrabble childhood an unflinching look on The Foundling. By Steve Boisson.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Learn the Reverse Boom-Chuck. A simple change in your strumming can help you mimic the style of a piano or keyboard. By David Hodge.

THE BASICS
Percussive Rhythm Techniques. Use scratch rhythms, fret-hand tapping, and percussive slapping to add energy to your guitar playing. With video and tab.
Excerpted from the full Acoustic Rock Basics instructional guide "Percussive Rhythm Techniques." By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
How to Appraise a Guitar. What goes into a guitar appraisal and why you might need one. By Richard Johnston.

PLAYLIST
John Mellencamp, No Better Than This. By Mike Thomas.
Justin Townes Earle, Harlem River Blues. By Mark Smith.
Laurence Juber, LJ Plays the Beatles, Vol. 2. By Phil Catalfo.
Ryan Bingham, Junky Star. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Suzy Thompson and Del Rey, Hen Party. By Ian Zack.

WOODSHED
Three Paths to Fretboard Mastery. Deepen your fretboard knowledge by exploring new approaches to practicing scales and arpeggios. With video and tab.By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Day Tripper. Words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arranged by Tommy Emmanuel. By Tommy Emmanuel.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1988 Grit Laskin. Harvey Levy's lefty Laskin. By Adam Perlmutter.