No. 229, January 2012

Arranging Fiddle Tunes
How the world's top flatpickers transform square dance tunes into virtuoso guitar music. By Scott Nygaard.

Essential Acoustic Albums of 2010
Acoustic Guitar's editors and contributors review the past year's notable acoustic releases. By Mark Smith.

Seven Complete Acoustic Guitar Rigs
From flatpickers at festivals to rockers on the lighted stage, we're all searching for our perfect package of gear. Here are seven complete acoustic setups to guide you on your quest. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Dead Flowers. Words and music by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. By Andrew DuBrock.
Homeward Bound. Words and music by Paul Simon. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSON
Richard Smith Lesson. The fingerstyle guitar champion talks about thumbpicking, developing speed, and learning by ear.  By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 1
Breedlove American Series C25/Sme Review. Acoustic Guitar checks out Breedlove's American Series.  By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 2
Recording King RP2-626-C Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an affordable vintage-style 00-size cutaway designed by Eric Schoenberg. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 3
Six New Tuners Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews pedal and clip-on tuners from Boss, Planet Waves, TC Electronic, Onboard Research, Korg, and Peterson. By Nicole Solis.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
José González/Junip. The Swedish-Argentine singer-songwriter brings his deft nylon-string guitar skills to his eclectic trio, Junip. By Derk Richardson.

HERE'S HOW
Make a Connection. Ten tips for engaging an audience. By Ruth Parry.

THE BASICS
Alternate Tunings in Acoustic Rock. Learn how bands like Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac adapted alternate tunings from folk and blues styles for their acoustic rock hits.  By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
Acoustic Lap Steels. A guide to contemporary Weissenborn-style guitars. By Andy Volk.

WOODSHED
Sixth Chords. Learn how to play and use this easy, expressive, and often overlooked family of chords. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
Hound Dog. Words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, arranged by Al Petteway. By Al Petteway.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2010 Alan Carruth Harp Guitar. By Adam Perlmutter