No. 221, May 2011

Jerry Reed Lesson
How to get the country thumbpicker's distinctive sound, a blend of Travis-style fingerpicking and R&B and bluegrass banjo influences. By Jim Ohlschmidt and Craig Dobbins.
Equipment Picks: The Guitars and Gear of Jerry Reed

Tips for a Better Practice Regimen
By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

All About Acoustic Guitar Pickups
Choosing the right kind of pickup can be a daunting task. Here's how to find the right one for your playing style. By Doug Young.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Leaving on a Jet Plane. Words and music by John Denver. By Andrew DuBrock.
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor. Play Steve James's fingerstyle arrangement of a classic blues song. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Fingerstyle Accompaniment Lesson. Rich Moore on backing up blues and contemporary folk singers. By Sean McGowan.

NEW GEAR 1
Ovation Adamas Kaki King Review. Based on Kaki King's custom guitar, this signature model offers great sound and playability for progressive fingerstylists. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 2
Blueridge BR-72 Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an affordable and versatile 12-fret 000 with balanced, punchy sound. By Avril Smith.

NEW GEAR 3
Bartlett Guitar Mic Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an internal mic designed for guitars that offers three options for natural amplified sound. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Hayes Carll. The Texas songwriter turned to his Gibson J-45 in the early morning hours to write the boozy tales on his new album. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Save Your Music. How to archive your old band tapes and demos digitally. By Mitch Gallagher.

THE BASICS
Ten Must-Know Blues Riffs. Enhance your blues rhythm playing by using riffs instead of chords. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
Mandolin Brothers Profile. Located on New York's Staten Island, Mandolin Brothers offers stringed instruments at every price. By Adam Perlmutter.

WOODSHED
Adapting Piano Parts to the Guitar. Use your guitar to emulate several popular piano backup patterns. By Andrew DuBrock.

SONGBOOK
Into the Mystic. Words and music by Van Morrison. By Adam Perlmutter.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1927 Martin 5-21T. By Derek See.