No. 295, July 2017

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On the Cover: 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.


  • Alynda Lee Segarra - "The Body Electric"
  • Elizabeth Cotton - "Freight Train"
  • Duck Baker - "Odd Fellows March"
  • Scott Joplin - "The Entertainer"

Features: A profile of Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff; inside the gutbucket blues of Reverend Peyton; and guitarist Nathan Bell’s “Playing With and Through Pain,” complete with advice on prevention and recovery.


  • Essential building blocks for better solos
  • How to find your own fingerstyle voice
  • Learn to play the blues like Elizabeth Cotton

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

Plus: Danny Kortchmar’s acoustic side; catching up with folk-rocker Dan Bern; is it time for a re-fret?

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