December 2011 (Issue No. 228)

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Acoustic Guitar Legends

A lesson on Jerry Garcia's guitar style. A look at Doc Watson and David Holt's exploration of American folk. John D'Angelico, Jimmy D'Aquisto, and John Monteleone's archtop guitar-making legacy. Notation and tab for six songs including "Boulder to Birmingham" by Emmylou Harris. Two-handed tapping lesson. Player Spotlight on Over the Rhine. Travis Picking in 3/4 time lesson. USB microphones. Fingerstyle picking-hand technique lesson.

Featured Songs

Boulder to Birmingham - Emmylou Harris

What Child Is This? - Traditional, arr. by Peter Penhallow

We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Traditional, arr. by John Horne

Uncle John's Band - Grateful Dead

Deep River Blues - Doc Watson

Urge for Going - Joni Mitchell

In This Issue

JERRY GARCIA-STYLE LESSON
A look at the Grateful Dead guitarist’s influential acoustic style, which reflected his love of roots music, bluegrass, and modal jazz. By Adam Perlmutter.

DOC WATSON AND DAVID HOLT
Almost 30 years since their first collaboration, the North Carolina musicians continue to explore the rich traditions of American folk. By Carol Rifkin.

ARCHTOP GUITAR HEROES
John D'Angelico, Jimmy D'Aquisto, and John Monteleone and their New York archtop guitar making legacy. By Bill Milkowski.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Boulder to Birmingham. Words and music by Emmylou Harris and Bill Danoff.
What Child Is This? Traditional, arranged by Peter Penhallow.

PRIVATE LESSON
Two-Handed Grooves Lesson. Fingerstyle guitarist Antoine Dufour on creating grooves with two-handed tapping and other percussive techniques. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Collings OM1A. A contemporary interpretation of the classic mahogany and Adirondack spruce OM. By Doug Young.
Boulder Creek ERJ7-N. Radical design concepts in mid-priced jumbo. By Jason Borisoff.
Fishman Blackstack Pickup. A passive, easy-to-install humbucking magnetic pickup with adjustable pole pieces. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Over the Rhine. Karen Bergquist and Linford Detweiler conjure fresh approaches to their soulful, American-roots-influenced pop. By Celine Keating.

HERE'S HOW
Maintain Your Fingernails. How to strengthen, cultivate, and shape your nails for fingerstyle. By Alex De Grassi.

THE BASICS
Travis Picking in 3/4 Time. Adapt 4/4 alternating-bass fingerpicking patterns for waltz time. By John Horne.
Delta Blues Lesson. Play bluesy riffs on top of a monotonic bass for a classic Delta sound. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
USB Microphones. These inexpensive microphones make it easy to record directly to your computer. By Gino Robair.

PLAYLIST
Guy Clark, Songs and Stories. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. By Derk Richardson.
Joy Kills Sorrow, This Unknown Science. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Kasey Chambers, Little Bird. By Mike Thomas.
Mason Jennings, Minnesota. By Mike Thomas.
Melissa Ferrick, Still Right Here. By Celine Keating.
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Middle of Everywhere. By Mark Smith.
Richard Buckner, Our Blood. By Mark Smith.
William Coulter and Benjamin Verdery, Happy Here. By Julia Crowe.

WOODSHED
Picking Hand Technique. How to properly position your picking hand and use rest and free strokes for the best fingerstyle tone. By Alex De Grassi.

SONGBOOK
Urge for Going. Words and music by Joni Mitchell.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2011 Rick Micheletti Rigid Rim. By Teja Gerken.

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