August 2012 (Issue No. 236)

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Issue Highlights

Experimental string band Punch Brothers. Takamine's 50th anniversary. Custom guitar gallery. Notation for five songs including "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Goodnight Irene." Spotlight on Gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel. Ragtime blues fingerpicking lesson. Alternative and eco-friendly tonewoods.

Featured Songs

Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees

Goodnight Irene - Huddie Ledbetter and John A. Lomax

Eleventh Street Waltz - Sean McGowan

Stand By Me - Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Ben E. King

The Wreck of the Old 97 - Traditional, arr. by Jody Stecher

In This Issue

PUNCH BROTHERS
Chris Thile and Chris Eldridge on how the adventurous string band broke out of the bluegrass mold. By Kenny Berkowitz.

TAKAMINE TURNS 50
How Takamine became an internationally recognized maker of acoustic-electric and classical guitars. By Adam Perlmutter.

CUSTOM GUITAR GALLERY
A sample of the guitars you'll find at luthier shows like the Montreal Guitar Show or Healdsburg Guitar Festival. 

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Last Train to Clarksville. Music and lyrics by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
Goodnight Irene. Huddie Ledbetter and John A. Lomax.

PRIVATE LESSON
Contemporary Flatpicking. Ross Martin on composing for the Matt Flinner Trio and using slurs and open strings in his melodic lines. By Sean McGowan.

NEW GEAR
Taylor 710ce Review. Taylor's latest acoustic-electric rosewood and spruce dreadnought. By Adam Perlmutter.
PRS SE Angelus Standard Review. A stylish yet affordable cutaway grand auditorium with a balanced sound. By Scott Nygaard.
DigiTech iStomp Review. A high-tech pedal that allows you to choose from a variety of effects downloaded from an Apple iOS device. By Gino Robair.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Stephane Wrembel. The French Gypsy jazz guitarist talks about Midnight in Paris and how a trip to the Django Festival changed his life. By David McCarty.

THE BASICS
Ragtime Blues Fingerpicking Lesson. Learn to play syncopated ragtime phrases in the style of Blind Blake and others. With video and tab. By Orville Johnson.

SHOPTALK
Alternative Tonewoods. Why eco-friendly woods and FSC certification matter to guitar makers. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYLIST
Brandi Carlile, Bear Creek. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
David Olney, The Stone. By CĂ©line Keating.
Loudon Wainwright, Older Than My Old Man Now. By Phil Catalfo.
Paul Thorn, What the Hell is Goin' On?. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Some Bright Morning. By CĂ©line Keating.
Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Grifter's Hymnal. By Michael Lohr.
Rory Block, I Belong to the Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis. By Bill Wagner.
Trampled By Turtles, Stars and Satellites. By Sarah Welsh.

WOODSHED
Create Solo Lines from Chord Shapes. Use familiar open-position chord shapes like E, C, and A to build lead lines that will fit any chord progression. With video and tab. By Sean McGowan.
Enhancing the Alternating Bass. Embellish your fingerstyle bass lines with passing tones, pinches, and accents. By Alex De Grassi.

SONGBOOK
Stand By Me. Words and Music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Ben E. King, arranged by Nick Charles.
The Wreck of the Old 97. Traditional, arranged by Jody Stecher.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1985 Takamine EF360S. By Teja Gerken.