No. 299, November 2017


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”


Bossa Nova Special Focus: 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.


Lessons: 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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