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No. 225, September 2011

Lightnin’ Hopkins Lesson
A lesson in the style of the legendary blues artist. By Adam Levy.

Robbie Robertson
The legendary guitarist opens up about the Band, collaborating with Eric Clapton, and his collection of vintage Martins. By Derk Richardson.

5 Adirondack-Top Dreadnoughts Reviewed
Vintage-style guitars from Blueridge, Boucher, Eastman, Martin, and Santa Cruz. With video. By Teja Gerken and Scott Nygaard.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Stuck in the Middle. Words and music by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan. By Andrew DuBrock.
St. Louis Blues. Words and music by W.C. Handy, arranged by David Hamburger. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Fretting with the Picking Hand Lesson. Jazz guitarist Sean McGowan on creating new chord voicings by fretting with both hands. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR 1
Guild F-30CE Standard Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews the latest version of Guild’s classic small-body, which includes a cutaway and D-Tar electronics. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 3
ZT Acoustic Lunchbox Amp Review.
Acoustic Guitar reviews an ultrasmall acoustic amp provides rich tones and numerous features. By Gino Robair.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
G. Love. On Fixin' to Die, the Philadelphia native churns out his bluesy take on Americana--with help from the Avett Brothers. By Shay Quillen.

HERE'S HOW
Balancing Fact and Fiction. How to make your songs “true enough,” so they resonate as true even when you’ve made up some of the details. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
Eight-Bar Blues Patterns. Learn to play the blues over these shorter-than-usual progressions.

Excerpted from the full Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics instructional guide “The 12-Bar Blues and Other Common Progressions.” By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
R.S. Muth Guitars Profile. New York State luthier builds innovative steel-string flattops. By Jason Borisoff.

PLAYLIST
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Drive Time. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Jeffrey Foucault, Horse Latitudes. By Mike Thomas.
John Renbourn, Palermo Snow. By Teja Gerken.
The Greencards, The Brick Album. By Phil Catalfo.

WOODSHED
Jamming on the I, IV, and V Chords Lesson. Learn how to spot progressions built around these three important chords, and put them to work at your next jam session. By David Surette.

SONGBOOK
The Lark in the Morning. Learn a dropped-D arrangement of a Celtic standard. By Patrick Francis.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Knight Archtop. By Tony Marcus.