No. 325  November/December 2020

No. 325 November/December 2020

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Acoustic Guitar #325 – November/December 2020

On the Cover: Al Di Meola opens up about his new album of Beatles tunes, uncovering more of the magic he made with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía, his love of rhythm, and more.

 Special Focus: Acoustic Guitar in the Time of COVID-19

Readers weigh in on their musical experiences during the global pandemic.

Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Guitar Talk: Kenya-born folk sensation Ondara
  • Sharon Isbin: The classical-guitar great talks about her new albums of Indian music and contemporary composers
  • Anaïs Mitchell: The guitarist taps into tradition in her hit Broadway musical and new band
  • John Prine: A close-up look at the late, great singer-songwriter’s acoustic approach
  • Pickin’: Flatpicking a study by classical guitarist and composer Matteo Carcassi
  • Weekly Workout: An introduction to playing swing leads 
  • Here’s How: Building a teaching studio
  • Makers & Shakers: A profile of archtop maker Sherwood “Woody” Phifer
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of albums by Sarah Jarosz, Neil Young, Rory Block, and more


  • “Angel from Montgomery” –A John Prine masterpiece
  • “Señor” – A new arrangement of the Bob Dylan classic by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings
  • “Deck the Halls” – A campfire arrangement of this holiday favorite
  • “Little Satchel” – Sarah Jarosz and John Leventhal’s beautiful treatment of a traditional number  
  • “Dans Kef” – A Celtic-themed fingerstyle arrangement in a unique tuning
  • “The Lord Is My Shepherd” – An instrumental gospel piece by Bahamian guitarist and singer Joseph Spence

 Gear Reviews

  • Breedlove Organic Signature Concert Copper CE      
  • Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster
  • Taylor American Dream AD27
  • JBL IRX Series portable powered PA
  • Radial HDI direct box

 And more!

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