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No. 226, October 2011

Richard Thompson on Songwriting and the Guitar
How the renowned folk-rock guitarist uses his instrument to find new songs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Sarah Jarosz
The rising star and multi-instrumentalist discusses guitars, octave mandolins, and her expansive and adventurous sophomore album. By Kenny Berkowitz.

Players Choice Awards 2011
Acoustic Guitar readers vote for their favorite products in 36 categories. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Lay Lady Lay. Words and music by Bob Dylan. By Dan Apczynski.
Free Fallin'. Words and music by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSON
Standard Tuning Fingerstyle Lesson. Belgian guitarist Jacques Stotzem talks about the importance of melody and emotion in fingerstyle arrangements. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 1
Taylor 416ce Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews Taylor’s latest acoustic-electric. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 2
Martin DRS1 Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an affordable all-solid-wood dreadnought that includes plug-and-play Fishman electronics. By Adam Perlmutter.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Gibson Brothers. The bluegrass siblings from upstate New York traffic in tight harmonies and acoustic guitar playing that’s rich in groove and tone. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Write Like the Beatles. Learn how the Fab Four borrowed from relative and parallel keys to create their unique chord progressions. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
The Blues Scale and Simple Lead Licks. Use the notes of the blues scale to create repeating riffs in your blues solos. Excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics. By Orville Johnson.

PLAYLIST
David Bromberg, Use Me. By Phil Catalfo.
Eliza Gilkyson, Roses at the End of Time. By Mike Thomas.
Emmylou Harris, Hard Bargain. By Derk Richardson.
Jim Lauderdale, Reason and Rhyme. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Robert Earl Keen, Ready for Confetti. By Kenny Berkowitz.

WOODSHED
Guide Tone Chords Lesson. Learn how to build and understand these foundational jazz guitar chords. Excerpt from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Souvenirs. Words and music by John Prine. By Andrew DuBrock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2009 Bozo Podunavac Bell Western 12-String. By Teja Gerken.

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