January 2011 (Issue No. 217)

AG 217 January 2011

Issue Highlights

Fingerstyle sensation Andy McKee demonstrates his two-hand tapping techniques. 25 practical tips for thriving at a jam. How to find a guitar that fits you properly. Five songs with notation and tab, including Tommy Emmanuel’s fingerstyle arrangement of “Day Tripper,” Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” and David Gray’s “Babylon.” Blues lesson with Corey Harris. Learn percussive rhythm techniques, how to play the reverse boom-chuck, and how to deepen your knowledge of the fretboard. Reviews of the Lowden Pierre Bensusan signature model and the Fishman Loudbox Mini amp.

Featured Songs

You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Bob Dylan

Babylon - David Gray

Home Sweet Home - Traditional, arr. by David Hodge

Drifting - Andy McKee

Day Tripper - The Beatles, arr. by Tommy Emmanuel

In This Issue

GET INTO A REAL JAM
25 ways to enhance your jamming experience. By Nicole Solis.

ANDY MCKEE LESSON
The contemporary fingerstyle sensation explains the percussive style that turned him into a YouTube star. By Doug Young.

ALL ABOUT GUITAR ERGONOMICS
How to make sure your guitar is a good physical match for you. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Babylon. Words and music by David Gray. 
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere. Words and music by Bob Dylan.

PRIVATE LESSON
Corey Harris Lesson. The blues guitarist describes the art of fusing American and African musical influences. By Andrew DuBrock.

NEW GEAR
Lowden Pierre Bensusan Model Review. A look at the Northern Irish maker's new fingerstyle guitar. By Doug Young.
Córdoba Fusion Orchestra Review. A hybrid acoustic-electric classical guitar designed for steel-string players that has a warm sound and comfortable feel. By Ruth Parry.
Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp Review. A portable, affordable, and flexible acoustic amp from acoustic amplification pioneers. By Andrew DuBrock.

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Mary Gauthier. The Louisiana-born guitarist and songwriter gives her hardscrabble childhood an unflinching look on The Foundling. By Steve Boisson.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Learn the Reverse Boom-Chuck. A simple change in your strumming can help you mimic the style of a piano or keyboard. By David Hodge.

THE BASICS
Percussive Rhythm Techniques. Use scratch rhythms, fret-hand tapping, and percussive slapping to add energy to your guitar playing. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
How to Appraise a Guitar. What goes into a guitar appraisal and why you might need one. By Richard Johnston.

PLAYLIST
John Mellencamp, No Better Than This. By Mike Thomas.
Justin Townes Earle, Harlem River Blues. By Mark Smith.
Laurence Juber, LJ Plays the Beatles, Vol. 2. By Phil Catalfo.
Ryan Bingham, Junky Star. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Suzy Thompson and Del Rey, Hen Party. By Ian Zack.

WOODSHED
Three Paths to Fretboard Mastery. Deepen your fretboard knowledge by exploring new approaches to practicing scales and arpeggios. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Day Tripper. Words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arranged by Tommy Emmanuel.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1988 Grit Laskin. Harvey Levy's lefty Laskin. By Adam Perlmutter.

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