No. 230, February 2012

Songwriting and the Guitar
21 tips from Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell and more on making the most of your instrument in writing songs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Pat Metheny

The jazz virtuoso talks about baritone guitars, the beauty of pop standards, and his all-acoustic album, What It's All About.  By Mark Small.

Gear for Every Gig

What to put in your gig bag in order to make sure you're covered when Murphy's Law strikes.  By Stevie Coyle.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye. Words and music by Leonard Cohen. By Andrew DuBrock.
See See Rider. Learn an American blues classic arranged for solo acoustic guitar. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Bluegrass Cross-Picking Lesson. Multi-instrumentalist Kathy Barwick shows how she uses her bluegrass banjo skills on guitar. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR 1
Batson No. 5 Review. Acoustic Guitar checks out a small-shop flattop with an innovative design. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 2
Yamaha A3R Review. All-solid-wood acoustic-electric cutaway dreadnought with onboard mic modeling. By Mike Levine.

NEW GEAR 3
Boss Micro BR BR-80 Review. Battery-operated recorder offers simple two-track and full-featured eight-track recording. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Carolina Chocolate Drops. After losing a founding member, the Grammy-winning North Carolina group rebuilds its lineup and records a new album with guitarist and producer Buddy Miller. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Poetry and Melody. How Sam Phillips creates her evocative and melodic pop songs. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
Blues String-Bending Lesson. Learn to bend strings so you can make your solos sing in the style of Albert King, Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
Effects for Acoustic Guitars. A look at the three most common effects used by acoustic guitarists—reverb, delay, and chorus. By Doug Young.

PLAYLIST
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Wolfroy Goes to Town. By Mark Smith.
Glenn Jones, The Wanting. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Doyle, Shadow and Light. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Kenny Smith, Return. By David McCarty.
Kris Delmhorst, Cars. By Mike Thomas.
Mary Flower, Misery Loves Company. By Ian Zack.
Noam Pikelny, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail. By David McCarty.

WOODSHED
Controlling Note Duration. Learn to control the ringing of strings with your picking-hand fingers. By Alex De Grassi.

SONGBOOK
Minuet in D Minor BWV Anh. 132. Learn a D A D G A D guitar arrangement of a classic composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. By Teja Gerken.
Fair and Tender Ladies. Learn a traditional Appalachian tune in D G D G A D tuning. By Jody Stecher.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Larry Pogreba Resonator. By Baker Rorick.