October 2010 (Issue No. 214)

AG 214 October 2010 Cover

Issue Highlights

Adam Levy on the lessons he learned while writing his first song, "In the Morning," for Norah Jones. Jason Mraz on songwriting and nylon-string guitar. Six lightweight guitar cases reviewed. Six songs to play including "Ain't No Grave." Flatpicking lesson with Grant Gordy. Spotlight on the Infamous Stringdusters. How to convert recordings into CDs or MP3s. Single-note riffs and backup. Spotlight on the Sonic Sitka Project, a group of luthiers how wood affects tone by building guitars out of a single log of Sitka spruce. And more!

Songwriting with Adam Levy

Songwriting with Adam Levy

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz

Six Cases Reviewed

Six Cases Reviewed

Featured Songs

Ain't No Grave - Traditional, arr. by Travis John Andrews

Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips

In the Morning - Adam Levy

Lucky - Jason Mraz

Tip the Scales - Dan Apczynski

In the Shape of a Heart - Jackson Browne

In This Issue

SONGWRITING FROM THE GROUND UP
Adam Levy on the lessons he learned while writing his first song, "In the Morning," for Norah Jones. By Adam Levy.

JASON MRAZ
The acoustic pop star talks about nylon-string guitar, songwriting games, and the importance of wordplay. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SIX LIGHTWEIGHT CASES REVIEWED
Acoustic Guitar checks out cases by Accord, BAM, Calton, Hoffee, Humicase, and Karura. By Doug Young.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Ain't No Grave. Traditional, arranged by Travis John Andrews.
Do You Realize?? Words and Music by Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, and Dave Fridmann.

PRIVATE LESSON
Grant Gordy. The flatpicking ace describes the art of blending jazz and classical influences with contemporary roots music. By Sean McGowan.

NEW GEAR
Martin GPCPA1 Guitar Review. Martin's new Performance Series acoustic-electric. By Andrew DuBrock.
Washburn WD 10SCE Guitar Review. A cutaway acoustic-electric dreadnought that is ready for the stage and band jams. By Charles Saufley.
AER Alpha Plus Acoustic Amp Review. AER's upgrade to the popular Alpha acoustic guitar amp. By Sean McGowan. 

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Infamous Stringdusters. The unconventional band tests the boundaries of bluegrass on its third album. By Shay Quillen.

HERE'S HOW
How to Convert Simple Recordings to CDs or MP3s. Share music you've captured on your digital recorder. By Mitch Gallagher.

THE BASICS
Single-Note Riffs and Backup. Learn how to to create unique melodies and accompany your songs with single-note patterns and riffs. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
The Sonic Sitka Project. A group of luthiers is studying how wood affects tone by building guitars out of a single log of Sitka spruce. By Doug Young.

PLAYLIST
Jim Lauderdale, Patchwork River. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Prine, In Person and On Stage. By Derk Richardson.
Punch Brothers, Antifogmatic. By David McCarty.
Sarah Harmer, Oh Little Fire. By Drew Pearce.
Various Artists, Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. By Derk Richardson.

WOODSHED
Turn Your Scales Inside Out. Gain a deeper understanding of familiar scale patterns by playing them in new and different ways. By Dan Apczynski.

SONGBOOK
In the Shape of a Heart. Words and music by Jackson Browne. By Andrew DuBrock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1960s Fender Concert. By Charles Saufley.