No. 203, November 2009

Robert Johnson–Style Blues Lesson
Learn the techniques, including powerful bottleneck slide, thumb-driven melodies, and piano-style voicings that made Robert Johnson a blues guitar icon. By Scott Ainslie.

Blackshaw, Bishop, and Smith
James Blackshaw, Sir Richard Bishop, and Sean Smith are part of a thriving solo acoustic movement that fuses postpunk, minimalist, and experimental attitudes with Takoma-style fingerpicking, raga, and Gypsy styles in forms that range from the reverent to the radical. By Charles Saufley.

How a National Guitar Is Built
Acoustic Guitar visits National Reso-Phonic. By Teja Gerken.

GUITAR PRO: TEACH
Teaching Inner City Kids. By Danny Combs.

PLAYLIST
Catherine MacLellan Water in the Ground. By Celine Keating.
Peter Mulvey Letters from a Flying Machine. By j. poet.
Vanessa Lowe Eep. By Celine Keating.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Black Water. Words and music by Patrick Simmons. By Andrew DuBrock.
CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
About a Girl. Words and music by Kurt Cobain. By Dan Apczynski.
PRIVATE LESSON
Richard Gilewitz. The zany fingerstyle guitarist talks about finding inspiration in strange places. By Doug Young.
Equipment Picks: Richard Gilewitz's guitars and gear.

NEW GEAR 1
R. Taylor Style 3 Review. Acoustic Guitar checks out R. Taylor's new dreadnought. By Andrew DuBrock.
NEW GEAR 2
Walden Concorda CG670TB Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an affordable grand auditorium with elegantly understated style, a slim neck, and versatile, full-bodied tones.By Paul Kotapish.
NEW GEAR 3
Trace Acoustic TA200 Amp Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a powerful amp with punchy midrange, lots of tone-shaping options, and lush effects. By Pete Madsen.

HERE'S HOW
Guitar and Harmonica Lesson. A basic harmonica lesson for guitarists who want to add some harp sounds to their songs. By Gary Lee Joyner.

THE BASICS
Blues Forms Lesson. Learn the common chord progressions that drive most blues guitar songs. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
How to Adjust Your Truss Rod. A properly adjusted truss rod is key to making your guitar play its best. By Dan Erlewine.

WOODSHED
Swing Blues Lead Lesson. Learn to play the blues like early swing and jazz guitar soloists Lonnie Johnson and Charlie Christian. By Scott Nygaard.

SONGBOOK
Africa. Words and music by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, arranged by Andy McKee. By Andy McKee.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1928 Gibson Nick Lucas. By Charles Saufley.

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