No. 295, July 2017
“The Learning Issue” Special Focus section offers 7 tips for finding the best guitar instructor for adult needs; getting the most out of Skype lessons; and how to self-evaluate your technique and fix flaws you find. Features: A profile of Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff (along with music for one of her songs, “The Body Electric”; inside the gutbucket blues of Reverend Peyton; and guitarist Nathan Bell’s “Playing With and Through Pain,” complete with advice on prevention and recovery. Lessons: Essential building blocks for better solos; how to find your own fingerstyle voice; learn to play the blues like Elizabeth Cotton (plus, music for her “Freight Train”); try your hand at Duck Baker’s “Odd Fellows March.” Also: Danny Kortchmar’s acoustic side; catching up with folk-rocker Dan Bern; learn to play Scott Joplin’s classic rag, “The Entertainer”; is it time for a re-fret? Gear reviews: Guild M-40E; Taylor Academy 10e and 12e; Trance Amulet M Pickup; Boss Acoustic Singer Pro amp; Fender Acoustic 200 amp; Elliott Elite and Integrity Capos.