May 2012 (Issue No. 233)

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Issue Highlights

Microphones for stage and studio. John Doyle guitar lesson. Songwriter Joe Henry. West African fingerstyle guitar lesson. Spotlight on Laurie Lewis. Lesson on unleashing your creativity in the early stages of songwriting. Notation and tab for five songs including "The Last Thing on My Mind" by Tom Paxton. Block and rolled chords lesson. How to keep swing time with a metronome.

Featured Songs

Down by the Riverside - Traditional, arr. by Peter Penhallow

The Last Thing on My Mind - Tom Paxton

Liberty's Sweet Shore - John Doyle

Sticks and Stones - Joe Henry

Darling Cory - Traditional, arr. by Jody Stecher

In This Issue

MICROPHONES FOR STAGE AND STUDIO
How to choose and use an acoustic guitar microphone. By Doug Young.

JOHN DOYLE LESSON
The Irish guitar wizard on his influential tune-accompaniment style and writing traditional-sounding songs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

JOE HENRY
The master songwriter and producer on vintage guitars, mics, and the minimalist beauty of his latest album, Reverie. By Derk Richardson.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Down by the Riverside. Traditional, arranged by Peter Penhallow.
The Last Thing on My Mind. Words and music by Tom Paxton.

PRIVATE LESSON
West African Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson. Walter Strauss on imitating the open string sounds of the Malian kora. By Teja Gerken.

THE BASICS
Open Tunings Lesson. Learn to play in open-G and open-D tunings like blues greats Duane Allman, Ry Cooder, Robert Johnson, and others. By Orville Johnson.

HERE'S HOW
Free Writing. How to unleash your creativity in the early stages of songwriting. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

NEW GEAR
Guild F-1512E Review. All-solid-wood spruce and rosewood update of an iconic jumbo 12-string. By Teja Gerken.
Cort MR710F Review. Cutaway dreadnought with solid Sitka spruce top and Fishman electronics. By Adam Perlmutter.
Fishman Loudbox Artist Amp Review. Powerful, portable, and flexible acoustic amp. By Doug Young. 

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Laurie Lewis. On her latest album, the bluegrass fiddler/guitarist pays tribute to Bill Monroe. By Kenny Berkowitz.

PLAYLIST
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Dar Williams, In the Time of Gods. By Mike Thomas.
Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Little Blue Egg. By Celine Keating.
Kevin Kastning, Sandor Szabo, and Balazs Major, Triptych. By Teja Gerken.

Lincoln Durham, The Shovel vs. The Howling Blues. By Michael Lohr.
Luke Roberts, The Iron Gates at Throop and Newport. By Sarah Welsh.
The Pines, Dark So Gold. By Mike Thomas.

SHOPTALK
J.S. Bogdanovich Guitars. Classical luthier writes the book on how to build a guitar. By Mark Small.

SONGBOOK
Darling Cory. Traditional, arranged by Jody Stecher.

WOODSHED
Block and Rolled Chords Lesson. Use these picking-hand techniques for expressive variations in your chord sounds. By Alex De Grassi.
Keeping Swing Time with a Metronome. Learn how to interpret music with a jazzy swing feel and practice jazz rhythms with a metronome. By Sean McGowan.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Huss and Dalton Monticello. By Adam Perlmutter.

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