No. 178, October 2007

Is One Guitar Enough?
A guide to determining (and justifying) your need for multiple guitars. By Michael Millham.

Martin Sexton: Acoustic Soul Man
On tour after releasing Seeds, his first studio record in seven years, MARTIN SEXTON shares the secrets of his rock- and soul-inspired songwriting and his deep-pocket guitar style. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Martin Sexton.

Richard Thompson: Never Stop Learning
Forty years into his career as a pathfinding guitarist and songwriter, RICHARD THOMPSON continues his ceaseless explorations, drawing on diverse musical inspirations and adding to one of the most singular catalogs in contemporary song. By Joe Gore.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Richard Thompson.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Arpeggios: Break Open Your Chords. Play chord shapes as single notes—or arpeggios—to create new accompaniment patterns, cool riffs, and even stunning solos. By Andrew DuBrock.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Don't Worry Baby. Words and music by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian. By Dan Apczynski.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1902 Jose Ramirez I. A gorgeous, well-kept diminutive guitar from the well-known maker. By Charles Vega.

GUITAR PRO: CREATE
Write On: Tips for Songwriters. Songwriter and workshop leader Paul Reisler offers tips on how to brainstorm and develop ideas for songs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

GUITAR PRO: GIG
Cindy Cashdollar's Road Rules. The tone-bar virtuoso and road warrior reveals her secrets for being a successful backup musician. By Andy Ellis.

GUITAR PRO: RECORD
Promoting Yourself and Your Music. Well-written promotional material can make a time-consuming process easier. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

GUITAR PRO: TEACH
Girls Rock: Institute for Musical Arts. June Millington's Institute for Musical Arts builds the chops and self-confidence of teenage campers. By Simone Solondz.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Howard Klepper Guitars. After two decades away from the craft, this former philosophy professor has returned to building innovative flattops and archtops. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR 1
Guild CV-1C Review. Combining a classic body style with innovative new features, Guild delivers a great-sounding grand auditorium. By Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR 2
Parkwood PW320M Review. This classy grand concert packs playability and versatility into an ideal everyday instrument. By Charles Saufley.

NEW GEAR 3
Fishman Aura Acoustic Imaging Pedals Review. With an easy-to-use interface and a compact, sturdy package, Fishman offers a convenient alternative for musicians seeking tone shaping and optimization. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Songcraft
Player Spotlight: Martha Scanlan. The Montana singer-songwriter discusses how the landscape can influence songs, gospel's accessibility, and the power of collaboration. By Scott Nygaard.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Martha Scanlan.

PLAYLIST
John Prine and Mac Wiseman, Standard Songs for Average People. By Celine Keating.
Larry Sparks, The Last Suit You Wear. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Marco Pereira, Cameristico. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

PRACTICING
Stretch Your Muscles. Playing guitar is an athletic endeavor. These simple stretches will help you go easy on your muscles. By Karen Hogg.

PRIVATE LESSON
A Private Lesson With Duck Baker. The brilliant arranger and fingerstylist talks about the challenges of improvising as a soloist and building an effective musical vocabulary. By Teja Gerken.

SONGBOOK
Nowhere Man. An arrangement of the Beatles' classic. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

THE BASICS
Intro to D A D G A D Alternate Tuning. Learn your way around one of the need-to-know alternate tunings with these easy chord shapes and essential scales. By Doug Young.

WOODSHED
Modal Playing for Traditional Tunes. Modal thinking will enhance your understanding of the way many songs are constructed. By David Surette.

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