No. 292, April 2017

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On the Cover: Take a bluegrass master class with cover artist and next-gen picker Molly Tuttle, who offers a private lesson on crosspicking using her arrangements of traditional songs. Plus, learn how modern-bluegrass guitarists Dave Bruzza, Grant Gordy, Courtney Hartman, Dave Wilson, and Billy Strings are making the genre their own.


  • Bill Monroe and Peter Rowan - “Walls of Time”
  • Bert Jansch - “Blackwaterside”
  • Laura Marling - “Master Hunter”
  • Tim Farrell - “The Backpacker”

Features: Ann Savoy is a driving force in Louisiana’s Cajun scene and the matriarch of a kick-ass musical dynasty; a tribute to Bert Jansch, an atypical British folk fingerstylist who left a legacy of influential music.


  • 5 ways to add hybrid picking to your repertoire
  • Piedmont and ragtime fingerpicking with Mary Flower
  • 4 steps to improve sight-reading

Gear Reviews:

  • 3 new mini-guitars by Guild, Martin, and Taylor
  • Breedlove reaches a high-tech tonal breakthrough with its new Concerto
  • Preston Thompson D-MA
  • Epiphone Masterbilt Century De Luxe Classic
  • Grace ALiX preamp

Plus: Shawn Camp talks about his dream gig—emulating Lester Flatt in the Earls of Leicester; Ron Block of Union Station talks boosting your bluegrass technical skills; and flatpicking champion Scott Fore offers 5 tips on acing a competition (with music).

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