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No. 223, July 2011

Peppino D'Agostino Lesson
The contemporary fingerstyle guitarist talks about his percussive techniques, unusual alternate tunings, and the importance of melody. By Doug Young.

Tommy Emmanuel
The Australian fingerstyle wiz talks about the influence of Chet Atkins, his new double album, and his very personal connection to his guitars. By Jim Ohlschmidt.

The History of Larson Brothers Instruments
How two Swedish immigrants created some of the most innovative guitars of the early 20th century. By Walter Carter.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Rainy Day People. Words and music by Gordon Lightfoot. By Andrew DuBrock.
The Rising of the Moon. Learn a fingerstyle arrangement of this classic Irish folk song. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Basic Bluegrass Soloing Lesson. Eric Thompson explains how to move from Carter-style leads to bluegrass and how to get a powerful flatpicking tone. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR

PRS Tony McManus Private Stock Review. Acoustic Guitar checks out the Celtic fingerstylist's signature model. By Teja Gerken.

Taylor Doyle Deluxe DDX Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a low-priced version of the fingerstylist's signature instrument that produces balanced, crisp acoustic and amplified tones. By Adam Perlmutter.

Godin Multiac ACS-SA Nylon USB Review. Acoustic-electric nylon-string with synth and USB output offers high volume playing without feedback. By Gino Robair.

THE BASICS
Open-D Tuning Basics. Explore some basic chords and scale patterns in this popular alternate tuning. By Doug Young.

SHOPTALK
Acoustic Preamps. All you need to know about stand-alone acoustic guitar preamps. Excerpted from Acoustic Guitar Guide to Amplification. By Doug Young.

PLAYLIST
Ari Hest, Sunset Over Hope Street. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Bruce Cockburn, Small Source of Comfort. By Kenny Berkowitz.
David Surette, Sun Dog. By Phil Catalfo.
Don Ross, Breakfast for Dogs. By Gary Lee Joyner.
Maggie Björklund, Coming Home. By Mark Smith.
Six Organs of Admittance, Asleep on the Floodplain. By Sarah Welsh.

WOODSHED
Bass Lines Lesson. Learn how to use and embellish jazzy walking bass in your fingerstyle arrangements. By Mark Hanson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1984 Larry Sifel OM. By Greg Artzner.