February 2009 (Issue No. 194)
Jack Johnson interview. Player's Choice Awards. Six mid-size guitars reviewed. Lessons on dropped-D tuning and adding bass lines to arrangements. Eastman dreadnought and Fishman SoloAmp reviewed. Profiles of Cherryholmes and Steve Kaufman. Tim Sparks lesson. All about recycled wood.
Player's Choice Awards
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
- Otis Redding
- Van Morrison
I'm the Man Who Loves You
- Jack Johnson
Dropping D Blues
- Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
- Andrew DuBrock
In This Issue
JACK JOHNSON INTERVIEW
The laid-back musician talks about the origin of his songs and his groove-rich guitar style. By Drew Pearce.
PLAYER'S CHOICE AWARDS
Acoustic Guitar readers voted for their favorite guitars, accessories, recording and performing gear, and guitarists. By Teja Gerken.
MID-SIZE GUITAR REVIEW
We test six medium-size guitars ranging from $250 to $5,000. By Teja Gerken, Scott Nygaard, and Charles Saufley.
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay. Words and music by Steve Cropper and Otis Redding.
I'm the Man Who Loves You. Words and music by Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett.
Tim Sparks. The fingerstyle guitarist outlines several impressive, exotic-sounding scales. With audio. By Gary Lee Joyner.
Eastman AC320 Review. Mid-price dreadnought shines with a versatile voice and precision craftsmanship. By Adam Perlmutter.
Fishman SoloAmp Review. All-in-one system bridges the gap between amp and PA. By Teja Gerken.
Cherryholmes. Formed in grief, the family band plays an aggressive, vibrant brand of bluegrass. By Scott Nygaard.
Learn the Fretboard. Use this method to gain a working knowledge of where each note falls on the fretboard. By Adam Perlmutter.
Dropped-D Tuning Lesson. Learn the art of dropped-D tuning to extend your bass range while preserving your hard-earned knowledge of standard tuning. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Recycled Tonewoods. Why luthiers are turning to alternatively sourced materials. By Rick Micheletti.
GUITAR PRO: TEACH
Steve Kaufman Profile. How the Winfield flatpicking champ has built a solid career in guitar education. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
California Guitar Trio, Echoes. By Julia Crowe.
Laurence Juber, Pop Goes Guitar and Understanding D A D G A D and Building Repertoire. By Doug Young.
Tony Rice, Night Flyer. By David McCarty.
Working Bass Lines Into Guitar Arrangements. How to build interesting bass lines into your songs and arrangements. By Andrew DuBrock.
Moondance. Words and music by Van Morrison, arranged by Andrew DuBrock.
1986 Dobro Zephyr Deluxe. By Derek See.