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No. 197, May 2009

Fingerstyle Lesson with Martin Simpson
Learn how this fingerstyle legend applies his chops to arranging tranditional and contemporary songs. By Teja Gerken.

Equipment Picks: Martin Simpson's Guitars and Gear.

Play Out Now!
From getting your gear set up to conquering stage fright, here's how to make the leap into performing. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

51 Tips for Making Better Recordings
Advice on setting up your studio efficiently, mic choice and placement, optimizing your DAW, adding effects, fixing it in the mix, and mastering. By Mitch Gallagher.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Waterloo Sunset. Words and music by Ray Davies. By Andrew DuBrock.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Waste. Words and music by Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Mike Dowling. The consummate songwriter, teacher, and guitarist talks about adding excitement to simple progressions. By Gary Lee Joyner.
Equipment Picks: Mike Dowling's Guitars and Gear.

NEW GEAR 1
Cole Clark Fat Lady FL2AC Dreadnought Review. A dreadnought from Down Under that's at home unplugged, in the studio, or onstage. By Charles Saufley.

NEW GEAR 2
Regal RD-40V Resophonic Guitar Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a highly affordable, wood-body resonator guitar that delivers bucketfuls of bluesy vibe. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 3
Three Rhythm Stompboxes Reviewed. Acoustic Guitar reviews three units from Shadow, Ellis, and EnRoute that provide foot-stompin' rhythmic self-accompaniment for solo guitarists. By Pete Madsen.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Mark Olson and Gary Louris. The ex-Jayhawks bandmates restart their songwriting partnership. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Equipment Picks: Gary Louris's and Mark Olson's Guitars and Gear.

HERE'S HOW
Prepared Guitar. How to "prepare" your guitar and use other modern extended techniques to create entirely new sounds. By Bill Horvitz.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Thirds Lesson. Use thirds to spice up your licks and solos all over the fretboard. By Andrew DuBrock.

THE BASICS
Major-Scales Lesson. Learn how to play and craft melodies from Western music's most popular scale. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
All About Magnetic Pickups. Also known as soundhole pickups, magnetics are easy to install and offer distinctive tones. By Doug Young.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Julius Borges Guitars Profile. New England–based luthier explores the nuances of the OM. By Simone Solondz.

GUITAR PRO: RECORD
Ari Hest Profile. How the New York–based singer-songwriter released a song per week for a year. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

WOODSHED
Harp-Style Guitar in D A D G A D Lesson. Learn to combine a popular alternate tuning and a cool trick of sustain for glorious musical results. By Doug Young.

SONGBOOK
Jerry's Breakdown. Music by Jerry Reed. By Scott Nygaard.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1939 National Aragon Deluxe. By Stan Werbin.

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