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No. 238, October 2012

PRS Guitars Profile
How one of America's most successful electric guitar companies became a top maker of high-end acoustics. With video. By Teja Gerken.

Diatonic Chord Changes Lesson
A songwriter's guide to major and minor chord progressions. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Rodney Crowell

The master songwriter talks about his rhythm-heavy guitar style, his collaboration with writer Mary Karr on Kin, and his Nashville days with Guy Clark, Mickey Newbury, and Townes Van Zandt. By Derk Richardson.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC

Landslide. Music and lyrics by Stevie Nicks. By Andrew DuBrock.
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. Traditional, arranged by Peter Penhallow. By Peter Penhallow.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1930 Martin 000-45. By Steven Dembroski.

IN THE STORES
In the Stores. By Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR 1
Composite Acoustics OX RAW Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a thin-body acoustic-electric made with carbon fiber materials. With video. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 3
DiMarzio Angel Pickup System Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews DiMarzio's new two-pickup setup. By Teja Gerken.


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Anais Mitchell.
How a vintage Gibson Kalamazoo changed the way the singer-songwriter plays and composes. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PLAYLIST
Adam Miller, Delayed. By Céline Keating.
Bill Evans, In Good Company. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ashes and Roses. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Mindy Smith, Mindy Smith. By Kenny Berkowitz.


PRIVATE LESSON
Fingerstyle Accompaniment Lesson. Rick Ruskin on creating pop grooves for backing up singers and instrumental soloists. With video and tab. By Scott Nygaard.


SHOPTALK

Laurent Brondel Guitars Profile. New England–based luthier fuses original designs with vintage American tone. With video. By Teja Gerken.


SONGBOOK

Dimming of the Day. Music and lyrics by Richard Thompson. By Andrew DuBrock.


THE BASICS
Blues Harmony Lesson. Learn to use dominant-seventh, ninth, and diminished chords in your blues progressions. By Orville Johnson.


WEEKLY WORKOUT
Harmonized Major-Scale Pentatonic Licks. These exercises will get your fretting-hand fingers moving in new ways and help you learn the fingerboard. By Scott Nygaard.


WOODSHED
Artificial Harmonics Lesson. Learn to play any melody or chord with harmonics and add flair to your guitar arrangements. By Sean McGowan.