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No. 306, June 2018

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On the Cover: Guitar on a Budget: From finding the guitar of your dreams to low-cost items that deliver big tone gains to getting the most out of what you already have, top pros offer advice and hacks that will help you play and sound your best. Plus: AG readers chime in with hard-earned wisdom for the discerning guitar player of modest means.

Songs:

  • Blues Classic - “When the Levee Breaks” 
  • Django Reinhardt - “Limehouse Blues”
  • I'm With Her - “Ryland (Under the Apple Tree)”    

Features:

I'm With Herwe check in with the sweet-singing acoustic power trio featuring Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz, and Sara Watkins; Bluegrass legend Del McCoury discusses rhythm playing and his love for old Martin guitars; inside Fred Oster’s fantastic fretted instrument collection; instrumental insights for the fingerstyle player.

Lessons:

  • Learn to play the blues like Memphis Minnie
  • Paul Mehling on how to make your practicing more musical
  • Mary Flower shows you how to use open bass strings to play classic 12-bar blues
  • Five ways to overcome mental blocks to playing guitar

Gear Reviews:

  • PRS TX20E and SE A50E
  • Genzler’s Acoustic Array Pro combo amp

On the Cover: Guitar on a Budget: From finding the guitar of your dreams to low-cost items that deliver big tone gains to getting the most out of what you already have, top pros offer advice and hacks that will help you play and sound your best. Plus: AG readers chime in with hard-earned wisdom for the discerning guitar player of modest means.

Songs:

  • Blues Classic - “When the Levee Breaks” 
  • Django Reinhardt - “Limehouse Blues”
  • I'm With Her - “Ryland (Under the Apple Tree)”    

Features:

I'm With Herwe check in with the sweet-singing acoustic power trio featuring Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz, and Sara Watkins; Bluegrass legend Del McCoury discusses rhythm playing and his love for old Martin guitars; inside Fred Oster’s fantastic fretted instrument collection; instrumental insights for the fingerstyle player.

Lessons:

  • Learn to play the blues like Memphis Minnie
  • Paul Mehling on how to make your practicing more musical
  • Mary Flower shows you how to use open bass strings to play classic 12-bar blues
  • Five ways to overcome mental blocks to playing guitar

Gear Reviews:

  • PRS TX20E and SE A50E
  • Genzler’s Acoustic Array Pro combo amp