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No. 227, November 2011

Rory Block Blues Lesson
The fingerstyle blues guitarist talks about the foundations of country blues guitar, open tunings, wild notes, and the beauty of unpredictability.  By Sean McGowan.

David Tanenbaum

The classical guitarist talks about outside influences in contemporary classical music and composing away from the guitar. By Scott Nygaard.

Five Contemporary Classical Luthiers

How Gil Carnal, Stephan Connor, Richard Prenkert, Pepe Romero, Jr., and Florian Vorreiter are working on the further evolution of the classical guitar. By Mark Small.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Act Naturally. Words and Music by Vonie Morrison and Johnny Russel. By Andrew DuBrock.
Whiskey in the Jar. Learn an arrangement of a traditional Irish classic about rapiers, robbery, and betrayal. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Open G Slide Lesson. Roots and blues guitarist David Hamburger on getting started playing slide in open-G tuning. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR 1
Cervantes Milenia Concert Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews the powerful lattice-braced classical guitar. By Ruth Parry.

NEW GEAR 2
Walden CG4041-CERT Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a grand auditorium built with FSC-certified woods. By Danny Carnahan.

NEW GEAR 3
Fender Passport 500 Pro Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a versatile, powerful, and portable PA loaded with features. By Stevie Coyle.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Waltzing Through History. Marc Teicholz and Guitar Salon International create an album of classic waltzes played on some of the finest instruments of the past 150 years. By Mark Small.

HERE'S HOW
Open Tuning Songwriting Lesson. How to use different tunings and keys within those tunings to create new sounds. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
Blues Shuffle Lesson. Learn to play the Chicago-style shuffle rhythm commonly heard in blues music. Excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
All About Neck Resets. Neck resets are often needed on older flattops. Here’s how they’re done on guitars with dovetail neck joints. By Alan Perlman.

PLAYLIST
Jolie Holland, Pint of Blood. By Mike Thomas.
The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Heirloom Music. By Michael Lohr.

WOODSHED
Four-Part Seventh-Chords Lesson. Learn six groups of seventh-chord voicings that jazz guitarists use to increase their chord vocabulary. Excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Op. 35, No. 22. Play a classical guitar etude written by Fernando Sor and popularized by Andres Segovia. By Travis John Andrews.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Steve Grimes Hapa Nylon-String. By Adam Perlmutter.

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