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No. 214, October 2010

Songwriting from the Ground Up
Adam Levy on the lessons he learned while writing his first song, "In the Morning," for Norah Jones. By Adam Levy.

Jason Mraz
The acoustic pop star talks about nylon-string guitar, songwriting games, and the importance of wordplay. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Jason Mraz.

Six Lightweight Cases Reviewed
Acoustic Guitar checks out cases by Accord, BAM, Calton, Hoffee, Humicase, and Karura. By Doug Young.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Ain't No Grave. Traditional, arranged by Travis John Andrews. By Travis John Andrews.
Do You Realize?? Words and Music by Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, and Dave Fridmann. By Travis John Andrews.
PRIVATE LESSON
Grant Gordy. The flatpicking ace describes the art of blending jazz and classical influences with contemporary roots music. By Sean McGowan.
Equipment Picks: Grant Gordy's guitars and gear.

NEW GEAR 1
Martin GPCPA1 Guitar Review. Acoustic Guitar checks out Martin's new Performance Series acoustic-electric. By Andrew DuBrock.

NEW GEAR 2
Washburn WD 10SCE Guitar Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a cutaway acoustic-electric dreadnought that is ready for the stage and band jams. By Charles Saufley.

NEW GEAR 3
AER Alpha Plus Acoustic Amp Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews AER's upgrade to the popular Alpha acoustic guitar amp. By Sean McGowan.

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Infamous Stringdusters. The unconventional band tests the boundaries of bluegrass on its third album. By Shay Quillen.

HERE'S HOW
How to Convert Simple Recordings to CDs or MP3s. Share music you've captured on your digital recorder. By Mitch Gallagher.

THE BASICS
Single-Note Riffs and Backup. Learn how to to create unique melodies and accompany your songs with single-note patterns and riffs. With video and tab.
Excerpted from the full Acoustic Rock Basics instructional guide "Single-Note Riffs and Backup." By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
The Sonic Sitka Project. A group of luthiers is studying how wood affects tone by building guitars out of a single log of Sitka spruce. By Doug Young.

PLAYLIST
Jim Lauderdale, Patchwork River. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Prine, In Person and On Stage. By Derk Richardson.
Punch Brothers, Antifogmatic. By David McCarty.
Sarah Harmer, Oh Little Fire. By Drew Pearce.
Various Artists, Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. By Derk Richardson.

WOODSHED
Turn Your Scales Inside Out. Gain a deeper understanding of familiar scale patterns by playing them in new and different ways. By Dan Apczynski.

SONGBOOK
In the Shape of a Heart. Words and music by Jackson Browne. By Andrew DuBrock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1960s Fender Concert. By Charles Saufley.

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