January 2012 (Issue No. 229)

AG 229 January 2012 Cover

Issue Highlights

Pat Metheny on his all-acoustic album “What’s It All About.” 21 songwriting tips. How to put together your performance rig. A profile of Carolina Chocolate Drops. Lessons on bluegrass cross-picking, string bending while playing blues solos, and controlling the duration of notes when playing fingerstyle. Yamaha A3R acoustic-electric guitar review. Tab and notation for five full songs, including the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” arranged by Pat Metheny.

Featured Songs

Hey, That's No Way to Say Good-Bye - Leonard Cohen

See See Rider - Traditional, arranged by Orville Johnson

And I Love Her - The Beatles, arranged by Pat Metheny

Minuet in D Minor BWV Anh.132 - Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Teja Gerken

Fair and Tender Ladies - Traditional, arranged by Jody Stecher

In This Issue

SONGWRITING AND THE GUITAR
21 tips from Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell and more on making the most of your instrument in writing songs. With video and tab. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PAT METHENY
The jazz virtuoso talks about baritone guitars, the beauty of pop standards, and his all-acoustic album, What's It All About.  By Mark Small.

GEAR FOR EVERY GIG
What to put in your gig bag in order to make sure you’re covered when Murphy’s Law strikes. By Stevie Coyle.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye. Words and music by Leonard Cohen.
See See Rider. Traditional, arranged by Orville Johnson.

PRIVATE LESSON
Bluegrass Cross-Picking Lesson. Multi-instrumentalist Kathy Barwick shows how she uses her bluegrass banjo skills on guitar. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR 
Batson No. 5 Review. Nashville-based custom maker introduces affordable new model with an innovative design. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR

Yamaha A3R Review. All-solid-wood acoustic-electric cutaway dreadnought with onboard mic modeling. By Mike Levine.

Boss Micro BR BR-80 Review. Battery-operated recorder offers simple two-track and full-featured eight-track recording. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Carolina Chocolate Drops. After losing a founding member, the Grammy-winning North Carolina group rebuilds its lineup and records a new album with guitarist and producer Buddy Miller. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Poetry and Melody. How Sam Phillips creates her evocative and melodic pop songs. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
Blues String-Bending Lesson. Learn to bend strings so you can make your solos sing in the style of Albert King, Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
Effects for Acoustic Guitars. A look at the three most common effects used by acoustic guitarists—reverb, delay, and chorus. By Doug Young.

PLAYLIST
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Wolfroy Goes to TownBy Mark Smith.
Glenn Jones, The WantingBy Kenny Berkowitz.
John Doyle, Shadow and LightBy Kenny Berkowitz.
Kenny Smith, ReturnBy David McCarty.
Kris Delmhorst, CarsBy Mike Thomas.
Mary Flower, Misery Loves Company. By Ian Zack.
Noam Pikelny, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail. By David McCarty.

WOODSHED
Controlling Note Duration. Learn to control the ringing of strings with your picking-hand fingers. By Alex De Grassi.

SONGBOOK
Minuet in D Minor BWV Anh. 132. Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Teja Gerken.

Fair and Tender Ladies. Traditional, arranged by Jody Stecher.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Larry Pogreba ResonatorBy Baker Rorick.

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