May 2011 (Issue No. 221)
Twenty-one tips for getting the most out of your practice time. Lesson in the Jerry Reed style of thumbpicking. How to choose the right pickup for your playing style. Interview with songwriter Hayes Carll. Notation and tab for six songs, including “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison, “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver, and the traditional “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor,” arranged by Steve James. Lessons on fingerstyle accompaniment and adapting piano parts to the guitar. Ten must-know blues licks. Guitars by Ovation and Blueridge reviewed.
Leaving on a Jet Plane
- John Denver
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
- Traditional, arr. by Steve James
Riffin' the Blues
- Andrew DuBrock
The Mad Russian
- Jerry Reed
- Andrew DuBrock
Into the Mystic
- Van Morrison
In This Issue
JERRY REED LESSON
How to get the country thumbpicker's distinctive sound, a blend of Travis-style fingerpicking and R&B and bluegrass banjo influences. By Jim Ohlschmidt and Craig Dobbins.
21 tips for getting more out of your practice time. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
ALL ABOUT ACOUSTIC GUITAR PICKUPS
Choosing the right kind of pickup can be a daunting task. Here's how to find the right one for your playing style. By Doug Young.
Leaving on a Jet Plane. Words and music by John Denver.
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor. Traditional, arranged by Steve James.
Fingerstyle Accompaniment Lesson. Rich Moore on backing up blues and contemporary folk singers. By Sean McGowan.
NEW GEAR 1
Ovation Adamas Kaki King. Based on Kaki King's custom guitar, this signature model offers great sound and playability for progressive fingerstylists. By Adam Perlmutter.
Blueridge BR-72. Affordable and versatile 12-fret 000 with balanced, punchy sound. By Avril Smith.
Bartlett Guitar Mic. Internal mic designed for guitars offers three options for natural amplified sound. By Doug Young.
Hayes Carll. The Texas songwriter turned to his Gibson J-45 in the early morning hours to write the boozy tales on his new album. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Save Your Music. How to archive your old band tapes and demos digitally. By Mitch Gallagher.
Ten Must-Know Blues Riffs. Enhance your blues rhythm playing by using riffs instead of chords. By Andrew DuBrock.
Mandolin Brothers Profile. Located on New York's Staten Island, Mandolin Brothers offers stringed instruments at every price. By Adam Perlmutter.
Adapting Piano Parts to the Guitar. Use your guitar to emulate several popular piano backup patterns. By Andrew DuBrock.
Into the Mystic. Words and music by Van Morrison.
1927 Martin 5-21T. By Derek See.