October 2011 (Issue No. 226)

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Songwriting Special

Richard Thompson discusses songwriting and the guitar. Sarah Jarosz discusses guitars, octave mandolins, and her second album. The results of the 2011 Player's Choice Awards. Notation and tab for five songs including "Lay Lady Lay" by Bob Dylan. Fingerstyle lesson with Jaques Stotzem. Reviews of the Taylor 416ce and Martin DRS1. Player Spotlight on the Gibson Brothers. Lesson on the blues scale and simple lead licks. Spotlight on Solomon Guitars. Lesson on guide tone chords.

Featured Songs

Free Fallin' - Tom Petty

Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan

Waltzing's for Dreamers - Richard Thompson

Run Away - Sarah Jarosz

Souvenirs - John Prine

In This Issue

RICHARD THOMPSON
How the renowned folk-rock guitarist uses his instrument to find new songs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SARAH JAROSZ
The rising star and multi-instrumentalist discusses guitars, octave mandolins, and her expansive and adventurous sophomore album. By Kenny Berkowitz.

PLAYER'S CHOICE AWARDS 2011
Acoustic Guitar readers vote for their favorite products in 36 categories. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Lay Lady Lay. Words and music by Bob Dylan.
Free Fallin'. Words and music by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

PRIVATE LESSON
Standard Tuning Fingerstyle Lesson. Belgian guitarist Jacques Stotzem talks about the importance of melody and emotion in fingerstyle arrangements. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Taylor 416ce. Versatile Grand Symphony excels at acoustic and amplified performance. By Doug Young.
Martin DRS1. Affordable all-solid-wood dreadnought includes plug-and-play Fishman electronics. By Adam Perlmutter.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Gibson Brothers. The bluegrass siblings from upstate New York traffic in tight harmonies and acoustic guitar playing that’s rich in groove and tone. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Write Like the Beatles. Learn how the Fab Four borrowed from relative and parallel keys to create their unique chord progressions. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
The Blues Scale and Simple Lead Licks. Use the notes of the blues scale to create repeating riffs in your blues solos. By Orville Johnson.

PLAYLIST
David Bromberg, Use Me. By Phil Catalfo.
Eliza Gilkyson, Roses at the End of Time. By Mike Thomas.
Emmylou Harris, Hard Bargain. By Derk Richardson.
Jim Lauderdale, Reason and Rhyme. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Robert Earl Keen, Ready for Confetti. By Kenny Berkowitz.

WOODSHED
Guide Tone Chords Lesson. Learn how to build and understand these foundational jazz guitar chords. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Souvenirs. Words and music by John Prine.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2009 Bozo Podunavac Bell Western 12-String. By Teja Gerken.

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