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No. 235, July 2012

 

Don Ross Fingerstyle Lesson
The Canadian guitarist talks about the rhythmic style that has influenced a generation of fingerstylists, including Andy McKee. By Teja Gerken.

Lyle Lovett

The singer-songwriter talks about songwriting, the influence of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, and why he takes his favorite guitars on the road.  By Derk Richardson.

Six Premier OMs Reviewed
Acoustic Guitar reviews OMs from Bourgeois, Breedlove, Collings, Huss and Dalton, Martin, and Santa Cruz.  By Doug Young.

DEPARTMENTS

PLAYLIST
David Russell, The Grandeur of the Baroque. By Mark Small.


ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
St. James Infirmary.
Traditional, arranged by David Hamburger. By Andrew DuBrock.
Killing the Blues. Words and music by Rowland Salley. By Andrew DuBrock.


PRIVATE LESSON
New Blues Lesson.
Otis Taylor talks about writing and playing in his "trance blues" style. By Sean McGowan.


NEW GEAR 1
Lowden O-22C Review.
Acoustic Guitar checks out a jumbo-sized flattop with bold tone and punchy volume. By Doug Young.


NEW GEAR 2
Ovation DS778TX Review.
Acoustic Guitar reviews Ovation's low-tuned acoustic-electric. By Danny Carnahan.


NEW GEAR 3
Three Clip-On Tuners Reviewed.
Acoustic Guitar reviews three new tuners by Intellitouch, Planet Waves, and Snark. By Stevie Coyle.


IN THE STORES


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Pokey LaFarge. Backed by the rollicking South City Three, the St. Louis guitarist prepares a new record while "breaking in" a vintage Epiphone archtop. By Kenny Berkowitz.


SONG CRAFT
Songwriting Advice from Bruce Cockburn.
The Canadian songwriter/guitarist on playing in open tunings and keeping an open mind. By Adam Levy.


THE BASICS
Swingin' Blues Soloing Lesson.
Learn to play jump blues lead and mix major and minor pentatonic scales, arpeggios, and target notes. By Orville Johnson.


SHOPTALK
Monica's Guitars Profile.
California luthier Monica Esparza builds classical and flamenco guitars in the Spanish tradition. By Adam Perlmutter.


PLAYLIST
Eric Bibb, Deeper in the Well.
By Kenny Berkowitz.
Lurrie Bell, The Devil Ain't Got No Music. By Bill Wagner.
Paul Rishell, Talking Guitar. By Bill Wagner.
Trace Bundy, Elephant King. By Julia Crowe.
Gordon Lightfoot, All Live. By Phil Catalfo.


WOODSHED
Jazz Chord Substitutions Lesson.
Add variety to common chord progressions with jazzy substitution techniques. By Sean McGowan.


SONGBOOK
Careless Love.
Traditional, arranged by Orville Johnson. By Orville Johnson.


GREAT ACOUSTICS
1938 Arthur Hensel.
By David McPherson.