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No. 222, June 2011

Steve James Lesson
The country blues guitarist on lessons he learned from blues and fingerpicking masters like Mississippi John Hurt, Sam McGee, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, and others. By Scott Nygaard.
Equipment Picks: The Guitars and Gear of Steve James

Peter Rowan
The legendary guitarist pays homage to mentor Bill Monroe while refining his own brand of bluegrass. By Kenny Berkowitz.

New Gear 2011
The latest guitars, amplification, gear, and accessories. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Ooh La La. Words and music by Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane. By Dan Apczynski.
Down in the Valley to Pray. Play Scott Nygaard's guitar arrangement of this classic traditional folk song. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Crafting Band Arrangements Lesson. National flatpicking champion Matt Arcara talks about creating subtle backdrops for Joy Kills Sorrow's eclectic songs. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR 1
Takamine TF77-PT Review. A modern OM featuring beautiful woods and tube-driven electronics. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 2
Tanglewood TRD-VS-E Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a sunburst slope-shoulder solid-top dreadnought that offers Gibson style and sound at an affordable price. By Jason Borisoff.

NEW GEAR 3
Humphrey Espresso Amp Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an all-tube low-power amp designed for acoustic guitarists that provides warm, clean sounds. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Jeffrey Foucault. The rootsy singer-songwriter finds inspiration for his solo work in collaborations with poet Lisa Olstein and musicians Peter Mulvey and Kris Delmhorst. By Mike Thomas.
Sarah Jaffe. The singer-songwriter from Texas mixes delicate fingerpicking and fretboard tapping on her debut album, Suburban Nature. By Shay Quillen.

THE BASICS
Deconstructing Sus Chords Lesson. Learn the easy music theory behind chord suspension and resolution. By Matt Warnock.

SHOPTALK
John Mello Guitars Profile. San Francisco Bay Area luthier specializes in the fusion of classical and steel-string designs. By Doug Young.

PLAYLIST
Amos Lee, Mission Bell. By Derk Richardson.
Buddy Miller, Buddy Miller's The Majestic Silver Strings. By Mike Thomas.
Lucinda Williams, Blessed. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Steve Wariner, Guitar Laboratory. By Michael Lohr.
Todd Snider, Live: The Storyteller. By Derk Richardson.

WOODSHED
Embellishing a Melody. Add rhythmic and tonal variations to your lead lines. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
A Whiter Shade of Pale. Words by Keith Reed, music by Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher, arranged by Martin Tallstrom. By Martin Tallstrom.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Godin Joseph Arthur 5th Avenue. By Adam Perlmutter