June 2011 (Issue No. 222)

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Issue Highlights

Peter Rowan pays homage to mentor Bill Monroe on his album Legacy. Country blues maven Steve James teaches fingerstyle techniques of Mississippi John Hurt, Sam McGee, Furry Lewis, and others. The best new gear of 2011. Profile of rootsy singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault. Lessons on how to deconstruct sus chords and add rhythmic tonal variations to your lead lines. Joy Kills Sorrow guitarist Matt Arcara talks about crafting band arrangements. Reviews of a new Takamine OM guitar and the custom Humphrey Espresso Amplifier. Notation and tab for seven songs, including “Ooh La La” by The Faces, “Factory Girl,” by the Rolling Stones (arranged by Steve James), and “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” by Procul Harum.

Featured Songs

Ooh La La - The Faces

Down in the Valley to Pray - Traditional, arr. by Scott Nygaard

The Water is Wide - Traditional, arr. by Matt Warnock

Factory Girl - The Rolling Stones, arr. by Steve James

So Good - Peter Rowan

Poor Butterfly - Raymond Hubbell, arr. by Jane Miller

A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harum, arr. by Martin Tallstrom

In This Issue

STEVE JAMES LESSON
The country blues guitarist on lessons he learned from blues and fingerpicking masters like Mississippi John Hurt, Sam McGee, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, and others. By Scott Nygaard.

PETER ROWAN
The legendary guitarist pays homage to mentor Bill Monroe while refining his own brand of bluegrass. By Kenny Berkowitz.

NEW GEAR 2011
The latest guitars, amplification, gear, and accessories. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Ooh La La. Words and music by Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane.
Down in the Valley to Pray. Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard.

PRIVATE LESSON
Crafting Band Arrangements Lesson. National flatpicking champion Matt Arcara talks about creating subtle backdrops for Joy Kills Sorrow's eclectic songs. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR
Takamine TF77-PT. A modern OM featuring beautiful woods and tube-driven electronics. By Adam Perlmutter.

Tanglewood TRD-VS-E. Sunburst slope-shoulder solid-top dreadnought offers Gibson style and sound at an affordable price. By Jason Borisoff.
Humphrey Espresso Amp. All-tube low-power amp designed for acoustic guitarists provides warm, clean sounds. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Jeffrey Foucault. The rootsy singer-songwriter finds inspiration for his solo work in collaborations with poet Lisa Olstein and musicians Peter Mulvey and Kris Delmhorst. By Mike Thomas.
Sarah JaffeThe singer-songwriter from Texas mixes delicate fingerpicking and fretboard tapping on her debut album, Suburban NatureBy Shay Quillen. 

THE BASICS
Deconstructing Sus Chords Lesson. Learn the easy music theory behind chord suspension and resolution. By Matt Warnock.

SHOPTALK
John Mello Guitars Profile. San Francisco Bay Area luthier specializes in the fusion of classical and steel-string designs. By Doug Young.

PLAYLIST
Amos Lee, Mission Bell. By Derk Richardson.
Buddy Miller, Buddy Miller's The Majestic Silver Strings. By Mike Thomas.
Lucinda Williams, Blessed. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Steve Wariner, Guitar Laboratory. By Michael Lohr.
Todd Snider, Live: The Storyteller. By Derk Richardson.

WOODSHED
Embellishing a Melody. Add rhythmic and tonal variations to your lead lines. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
A Whiter Shade of Pale. Words by Keith Reed, music by Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher, arranged by Martin Tallstrom. By Martin Tallstrom.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Godin Joseph Arthur 5th Avenue. By Adam Perlmutter.