No. 211, July 2010

Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Lesson
Add depth and texture to your playing with accents, tone colors, and articulations. By Alex De Grassi.

Five Stage-Ready Fingerstyle Guitars Reviewed
Acoustic Guitar reviews five fingerstyle-friendly steel-strings with built-in electronics. By Doug Young and Teja Gerken.

M. Ward
The prolific guitarist and songwriter lends his "old-music" style to Zooey Deschanel 's sunny pop tunes in She and Him and the indie supergroup Monsters of Folk. By Derk Richardson.
Equipment Picks: The Guitars and Gear of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel of She and Him.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Look at Miss Ohio. Words and music by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. By Scott Nygaard.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Words and music by Freddie Mercury. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Craig D'Andrea. The fingerstyle wunderkind discusses alternate tunings and composing without rules. By Doug Young.

Equipment Picks: Craig D'Andrea's Guitars and Gear.

NEW GEAR 2
Blueridge BR-160-12 Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an accessibly priced 12-string with vintage style and impressive tone. By Charles Saufley.

NEW GEAR 3
Four iPhone Tuners Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews guitar-tuning apps from Cleartune, Agile Partners, Peterson Tuners, and Planet Waves. By Dan Apczynski.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
New West. Jazz-influenced guitar trio collaborates with luthier Jeff Traugott on Sleeping Lady. By Bill Milkowski.

HERE'S HOW
Guitar Store Etiquette. How to establish a good relationship with your guitar shop. By Mike Hamer.

THE BASICS
Creating Chordal Riffs. Learn how to play classic riffs by deconstructing chords and progressions.

Excerpted from the full Acoustic Rock Basics instructional guide "Creating Chordal Riffs." Buy the complete guide, including 11 minutes of video instruction, at a special low price here! By Andrew DuBrock.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Tony Yamamoto Guitars Profile. Northern California luthier specializes in unusual designs. By Charles Saufley.

GUITAR PRO
ReverbNation Profile. How ReverbNation.com helps indie musicians promote their music. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PLAYLIST
Jack Rose, Luck in the Valley. By Charles Saufley.
Josh Ritter, So Runs the World Away. By Mike Thomas.
Laurence Juber, Wooden Horses. By Phil Catalfo.
Mary Gauthier, The Foundling. By Mike Thomas.
Patty Larkin, 25. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola, Groovemasters Vol. 11: Just Between Frets. By Doug Young.

WOODSHED
Triplet Feel Lesson. Learn how to loosen up your rhythm by playing with a swinging triplet feel. By Andrew DuBrock.

SONGBOOK
Just a Closer Walk with Thee. Traditional, arranged by Ed Gerhard. By Ed Gerhard.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2002 Taku Sakashta Sanctuary. By Rick Turner.