July 2012 (Issue No. 235)

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Issue Highlights

Don Ross fingerstyle lesson. An interview with Lyle Lovett. Six premier OM guitars. Notation and tab for five songs including "St. James Infirmary" and "Careless Love." Spotlight on Pokey LaFarge. Swingin' blues soloing lesson. Spotlight on luthier Monica Esparza. Songwriting advice from Bruce Cockburn. Jazz chord substitutions lesson.

Featured Songs

St. James Infirmary - Traditional, arr. by David Hamburger

Killing the Blues - Rowland Salley

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley, arr. By Don Ross

If I Had a Boat - Lyle Lovett

Careless Love - Traditional, arr. by Orville Johnson

In This Issue

DON ROSS FINGERSTYLE LESSON
The Canadian guitarist talks about the rhythmic style that has influenced a generation of fingerstylists, including Andy McKee. By Teja Gerken.

LYLE LOVETT
The singer-songwriter talks about songwriting, the influence of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, and why he takes his favorite guitars on the road. By Derk Richardson.

SIX PREMIER OMS REVIEWED
Reviews of OMs from Bourgeois, Breedlove, Collings, Huss and Dalton, Martin, and Santa Cruz. By Doug Young.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
St. James Infirmary. Traditional, arranged by David Hamburger.
Killing the Blues. Words and music by Rowland Salley.

PRIVATE LESSON
New Blues Lesson. Otis Taylor talks about writing and playing in his "trance blues" style. By Sean McGowan.

NEW GEAR
Lowden O-22C Review. A jumbo-size flattop with bold tone and punchy volume. By Doug Young.
Ovation DS778TX Review. Long scale acoustic-electric that fits neatly between standard and baritone tuning. By Danny Carnahan.
Three Clip-On Tuners Reviewed. New headstock tuners from Intellitouch, Planet Waves, and Snark. By Stevie Coyle.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Pokey LaFarge. Backed by the rollicking South City Three, the St. Louis guitarist prepares a new record while "breaking in" a vintage Epiphone archtop. By Kenny Berkowitz.

SONGCRAFT
Songwriting Advice from Bruce Cockburn. The Canadian songwriter/guitarist on playing in open tunings and keeping an open mind. By Adam Levy.

THE BASICS
Swingin' Blues Soloing Lesson. Learn to play jump blues lead and mix major and minor pentatonic scales, arpeggios, and target notes. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
Monica's Guitars. California luthier Monica Esparza builds classical and flamenco guitars in the Spanish tradition. By Adam Perlmutter.

PLAYLIST
Eric Bibb, Deeper in the Well. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Lurrie Bell, The Devil Ain't Got No Music. By Bill Wagner.
Paul Rishell, Talking Guitar. By Bill Wagner.
Trace Bundy, Elephant King. By Julia Crowe.
Gordon Lightfoot, All Live. By Phil Catalfo.

WOODSHED
Jazz Chord Substitutions Lesson. Add variety to common chord progressions with jazzy substitution techniques. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Careless Love. Traditional, arranged by Orville Johnson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1938 Arthur Hensel. By David McPherson.