September 2011 (Issue No. 225)

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Blues Guitar Special

A lesson in the style of Lightnin' Hopkins. An interview with Robbie Robertson. Group review of five Adirondack-top dreadnoughts. Notation and tab for six songs, including "Stuck in the Middle" by Stealers Wheel and "St. Louis Blues." Profile of G. Love. Eight-bar blues patterns. R.S. Muth Guitars profile. How to jam on the I, IV, and V chords.

Featured Songs

Stuck in the Middle - Stealers Wheel

St. Louis Blues - W.C. Handy, arr. by David Hamburger

Trouble in Mind - Lightnin' Hopkins

Caledonia Mission - The Band

The Girl I Left Behind Me - David Surette

The Lark in the Morning - Tradtional, arr. by Patrick Francis

In This Issue

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS LESSON
A lesson in the style of the legendary blues artist. By Adam Levy.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON
The legendary guitarist opens up about the Band, collaborating with Eric Clapton, and his collection of vintage Martins. By Derk Richardson.

FIVE ADIRONDACK-TOP DREADNOUGHTS REVIEWED
Vintage-style guitars from Blueridge, Boucher, Eastman, Martin, and Santa Cruz. By Teja Gerken and Scott Nygaard.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Stuck in the Middle. Words and music by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan.
St. Louis Blues. Words and music by W.C. Handy, arranged by David Hamburger.

PRIVATE LESSON
Fretting with the Picking Hand Lesson. Jazz guitarist Sean McGowan on creating new chord voicings by fretting with both hands. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR
Guild F-30CE Standard Review. The latest version of Guild’s classic small-body includes a cutaway and D-Tar electronics. By Adam Perlmutter.
ZT Acoustic Lunchbox Amp Review. Ultraportable PA masquerades as a miniature. By Gino Robair.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
G. Love. On Fixin' to Die, the Philadelphia native churns out his bluesy take on Americana--with help from the Avett Brothers. By Shay Quillen.

HERE'S HOW
Balancing Fact and Fiction. How to make your songs “true enough,” so they resonate as true even when you’ve made up some of the details. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
Eight-Bar Blues Patterns. Learn to play the blues over these shorter-than-usual progressions. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
R.S. Muth Guitars Profile. New York State luthier builds innovative steel-string flattops. By Jason Borisoff.

PLAYLIST
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Drive Time. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Jeffrey Foucault, Horse Latitudes. By Mike Thomas.
John Renbourn, Palermo Snow. By Teja Gerken.
The Greencards, The Brick Album. By Phil Catalfo.

WOODSHED
Jamming on the I, IV, and V Chords Lesson. Learn how to spot progressions built around these three important chords, and put them to work at your next jam session. By David Surette.

SONGBOOK
The Lark in the Morning. Traditional, arranged by Patrick Francis.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Knight Archtop. By Tony Marcus.