July 2011 (Issue No. 223)

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Fingerstyle Special

Tommy Emmanuel talks about the influence of Chet Atkins. Feature lesson with Peppino D’Agostino, who teaches his percussive techniques and use of unusual alternate tunings. Reviews of the Tony McManus signature edition Paul Reed Smith acoustic guitar and the Godin Multiac with a USB output. How to add walking bass lines to fingerstyle arrangements. Plus, six full songs with tab, including “Rainy Day People” by Gordon Lightfoot, “The Welsh Tornado” by Tommy Emmanuel, and a fingerstyle arrangement of the traditional favorite “Jock O’Hazeldean.”

Featured Songs

Rainy Day People - Gordon Lightfoot

The Rising of the Moon - Traditional, arr. by Danny Carnahan

Jock O'Hazeldean - Traditional, arr. by Doug Young

Nine White Kites - Peppino D'Agostino

The Welsh Tornado - Tommy Emmanuel

Oh! Susanna - Traditional, arr. by Mark Hanson

In This Issue

PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO LESSON
The contemporary fingerstyle guitarist talks about his percussive techniques, unusual alternate tunings, and the importance of melody. By Doug Young.

TOMMY EMMANUEL
The Australian fingerstyle wiz talks about the influence of Chet Atkins, his new double album, and his very personal connection to his guitars. By Jim Ohlschmidt.

LARSON BROTHERS GUITARS
How two Swedish immigrants created some of the most innovative guitars of the early 20th century. By Walter Carter.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Rainy Day People. Words and music by Gordon Lightfoot. 
The Rising of the Moon. Traditional, arr. Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Basic Bluegrass Soloing Lesson. Eric Thompson explains how to move from Carter-style leads to bluegrass and how to get a powerful flatpicking tone. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR
PRS Tony McManus Private Stock Review. Flattop with gorgeous sustain, complex tone, and exotic woods. By Teja Gerken.
Taylor Doyle Deluxe DDX Review. Low-priced version of the fingerstylist's signature instrument produces balanced, crisp acoustic and amplified tones. By Adam Perlmutter.
Godin Multiac ACS-SA Nylon USB Review. Acoustic-electric nylon-string with synth and USB output offers high volume playing without feedback. By Gino Robair. 

THE BASICS
Open-D Tuning Basics. Explore some basic chords and scale patterns in this popular alternate tuning. By Doug Young.

SHOPTALK
Acoustic Preamps. All you need to know about stand-alone acoustic guitar preamps. Excerpted from Acoustic Guitar Guide to Amplification. By Doug Young.

PLAYLIST
Ari Hest, Sunset Over Hope Street. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Bruce Cockburn, Small Source of Comfort. By Kenny Berkowitz.
David Surette, Sun Dog. By Phil Catalfo.
Don Ross, Breakfast for Dogs. By Gary Lee Joyner.
Maggie Björklund, Coming Home. By Mark Smith
Six Organs of Admittance, Asleep on the Floodplain. By Sarah Welsh.

WOODSHED
Walking Bass Lines Lesson. Learn how to use and embellish jazzy walking bass in your fingerstyle arrangements. By Mark Hanson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1984 Larry Sifel OM. By Greg Artzner.