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No. 202, October 2009

The Song Train
Harvey Reid's new project spreads songs the old-fashioned way, by ear and through inspired performances. Learn these six two-chord songs in minutes. By Scott Nygaard.

Start Playing Mando, Reso, and Banjo
Lessons for guitarists who want to start playing a second (or third or fourth) instrument. By Orville Johnson.

Loar's Legacy
Lloyd Loar's pioneering Style 5 Master Model instruments, including the Gibson L-5 archtop guitar and F-5 mandolin, had a lasting influence on everything from bluegrass to rock 'n' roll. By Walter Carter.

PLAYLIST
Alasdair Roberts Spoils. By Charles Saufley.
Rhett Miller Rhett Miller. By Drew Pearce.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). Words and Music by John Phillips. By Dan Apczynski.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Karma Police. Words and Music by Thomas Yorke, Jonathan Greenwood, Philip Selway, Colin Greenwood, and Edward O'Brien. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSON
Ken Hatfield. The nylon-string jazz guitarist discusses the importance of learning to play in every key. By Adam Perlmutter.
Equipment Picks: Ken Hatfield's Guitars and Gear.

NEW GEAR 1
National Reso-Phonic W-Series Triolian Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a classic resonator guitar re-creation. By Pete Madsen.

NEW GEAR 2
Ovation iDea Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an affordable guitar with a built-in MP3 recorder/player that makes a great audio scratchpad and learning tool. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 3
Genz-Benz SHEN-CPK-10T Amp. Acoustic Guitar reviews a powerful, compact, and clean-sounding amp from an acoustic-amp pioneer. By Bill Horvitz.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Sarah Jarosz. Having mastered the guitar, mandolin, and banjo, the young bluegrass prodigy has called upon heavy hitters such as Chris Thile and Tim O'Brien for her debut album. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Equipment Picks: Sarah Jarosz's Guitars and Gear.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Reading Music. Learn to understand the language of music by breaking the goal into half-hour practice sessions. By Sean McGowan.

THE BASICS
Fretting-Hand Finger Placement. Use (or bend) these simple rules when deciding how best to fret unfamiliar chords. By Dan Apczynski.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH Linda Manzer Pat Metheny Signature 6. Lutherie and jazz-guitar superstars collaborate on an exclusive instrument. By Teja Gerken.

GUITAR PRO: RECORD
How to Prepare for a Recording Session. Get your arrangements, technique, and gear ready. By Doug Young.

WOODSHED
Two-Handed Tapping Lesson. Get both hands on the fretboard with this primer on tapping, slapping, and other percussive effects. By Thomas Leeb.

SONGBOOK
Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie. Music and lyrics by John Hartford; arranged by Andrew DuBrock. By Andrew DuBrock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1998 John Zeidler Dreadnought. By Charles Saufley.

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