July 2010 (Issue No. 211)

AG 211 July 2010

Issue Highlights

Alex de Grassi explains how to add depth and texture to your playing with accents, tone colors, and articulations. Acoustic Guitar reviews five fingerstyle-friendly steel-strings with built-in electronics. Six songs to play including "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen. Gear reviews of the Blueridge BR-160-12 and four iPhone tuner apps. Player spotlight on New West. Guitar store etiquette. Creating chordal riffs. Tony Yamamoto Guitars profile. All about ReverbNation. And more!

Alex de Grassi

Alex de Grassi

Fingerstyle Guitars

Fingerstyle Guitars

Matt Ward and Zooey Deschanel

Matt Ward and Zooey Deschanel

Featured Songs

Look at Miss Ohio - Gillian Welch

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie - Alex de Grassi

The Sandman, the Brakeman, and Me - Monsters of Folk

Triplet Blues - Andrew DuBrock

Just a Closer Walk with Thee - Ed Gerhard

In This Issue

ALEX DE GRASSI FINGERSTYLE LESSON
Add depth and texture to your playing with accents, tone colors, and articulations. By Alex De Grassi.

FIVE STAGE-READY FINGERSTYLE GUITARS REVIEWED
Acoustic Guitar reviews five fingerstyle-friendly steel-strings with built-in electronics. By Doug Young and Teja Gerken.

M. WARD
The prolific guitarist and songwriter lends his "old-music" style to Zooey Deschanel's sunny pop tunes in She and Him and the indie supergroup Monsters of Folk. By Derk Richardson.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Look at Miss Ohio. Words and music by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Words and music by Freddie Mercury.

PRIVATE LESSON
Craig D'Andrea. The fingerstyle wunderkind discusses alternate tunings and composing without rules. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Blueridge BR-160-12 Review. An accessibly priced 12-string with vintage style and impressive tone. By Charles Saufley.
Four iPhone Tuners Review. Guitar-tuning apps from Cleartune, Agile Partners, Peterson Tuners, and Planet Waves. By Dan Apczynski.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
New West. Jazz-influenced guitar trio collaborates with luthier Jeff Traugott on Sleeping Lady. By Bill Milkowski.

HERE'S HOW
Guitar Store Etiquette. How to establish a good relationship with your guitar shop. By Mike Hamer.

THE BASICS
Creating Chordal Riffs. Learn how to play classic riffs by deconstructing chords and progressions. By Andrew DuBrock.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Tony Yamamoto Guitars Profile. Northern California luthier specializes in unusual designs. By Charles Saufley.

GUITAR PRO
ReverbNation Profile. How ReverbNation.com helps indie musicians promote their music. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PLAYLIST
Jack Rose, Luck in the Valley. By Charles Saufley.
Josh Ritter, So Runs the World Away. By Mike Thomas.
Laurence Juber, Wooden Horses. By Phil Catalfo.
Mary Gauthier, The Foundling. By Mike Thomas.
Patty Larkin, 25. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola, Groovemasters Vol. 11: Just Between Frets. By Doug Young.

WOODSHED
Triplet Feel Lesson. Learn how to loosen up your rhythm by playing with a swinging triplet feel. By Andrew DuBrock.

SONGBOOK
Just a Closer Walk with Thee. Traditional, arranged by Ed Gerhard.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2002 Taku Sakashta Sanctuary. By Rick Turner.

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