February 2011 (Issue No. 218)

AG 218 February 2011

How to arrange fiddle tunes for guitar. The essential acoustic albums of 2010. Seven perfect gear setups for seven different types of players. Six full songs to play, including “Dead Flowers” by the Rolling Stones, “Homeward Bound” by Simon and Garfunkel, and the traditional “Bill Cheatham.” Thumbpicking lesson with Richard Smith. Ten tips for engaging the audience from the stage. Introduction to playing in dropped-D tuning. Learn to play sixth chords. A primer on lap steel guitars and reviews of the Breedlove C25/SMe and six great guitar tuners.

Featured Songs

Dead Flowers - The Rolling Stones

Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel

Bill Cheatham - Traditional

Shove the Pig's Foot a Little Farther in the Fire - Tradtional, arr. by Scott Nygaard

Six Cents - Jane Miller

Hound Dog - Elvis Presley, arr. by Al Petteway

In This Issue

ARRANGING FIDDLE TUNES
How the world's top flatpickers transform square dance tunes into virtuoso guitar music. By Scott Nygaard.

ESSENTIAL ACOUSTIC ALBUMS OF 2010
Acoustic Guitar's editors and contributors review the past year's notable acoustic releases. By Mark Smith.

7 COMPLETE ACOUSTIC GUITAR RIGS
From flatpickers at festivals to rockers on the lighted stage, we're all searching for our perfect package of gear. Here are seven complete acoustic setups to guide you on your quest. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Dead Flowers. Words and music by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Homeward Bound. Words and music by Paul Simon.

PRIVATE LESSON
Richard Smith Lesson. The fingerstyle guitar champion talks about thumbpicking, developing speed, and learning by ear. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Breedlove American Series C25/Sme Review. A look at Breedlove's American Series. By Adam Perlmutter.
Recording King RP2-626-C Review. An affordable vintage-style 00-size cutaway designed by Eric Schoenberg. By Doug Young.
Six New Tuners Review. Reviews for six pedal and clip-on tuners from Boss, Planet Waves, TC Electronic, Onboard Research, Korg, and Peterson. By Nicole Solis.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
José González/Junip. The Swedish-Argentine singer-songwriter brings his deft nylon-string guitar skills to his eclectic trio, Junip. By Derk Richardson.

HERE'S HOW
Make a Connection. Ten tips for engaging an audience. By Ruth Parry.

THE BASICS
Alternate Tunings in Acoustic Rock. Learn how bands like Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac adapted alternate tunings from folk and blues styles for their acoustic rock hits. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
Acoustic Lap Steels. A guide to contemporary Weissenborn-style guitars. By Andy Volk.

WOODSHED
Sixth Chords. Learn how to play and use this easy, expressive, and often overlooked family of chords. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
Hound Dog. Words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, arranged by Al Petteway.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2010 Alan Carruth Harp Guitar. By Adam Perlmutter.