No. 299, November 2017

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On the cover: Dive into the late Glen Campbell’s guitar legacy with a deep lesson.


  • Mason Williams - “Classical Gas” (Reader’s Pick)
  • Glen Campbell - “William Tell Overture”
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim - “Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)”
  • Joe Ely - “Cold Black Hammer”

Special Focus: Bossa Nova. How bossa nova and nylon-string guitar made a mark on popular music. Plus, learn how to play bossa nova patterns, and a roundup of traditional and contemporary budget nylon-string guitars.

Features: An interview with Texas song-writing royalty Joe Ely.


  • 5 ways to strengthen your pinky
  • Learn how to transpose

Gear Reviews:

  • Martin 0-18
  • Tanglewood Java Series Parlor and Winterleaf Series OM
  • Gretsch G9511 Single-0 Parlor

Plus: Ask the Expert: Why won’t my guitar stay in tune? A new fingerstyle documentary; Bruce Springsteen on Broadway; and Shelby Lynne collaborates with her sister Allison Moorer on a new album.

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