December 2012 (Issue No. 240)

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Issue Highlights

Shawn Colvin interview. Tour of the Guild Guitars factory. Learn to create fingerstyle guitar duets. Notation and tab for five songs, including “Carry On” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and “The Christmas Song." Use C-A-G-E-D chord shapes in fingerstyle blues patterns and learn how to play pizzicato. A new Gretsch acoustic-electric and Boucher 000 reviewed.

Featured Songs

Carry On - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Stagolee - Traditional, arranged by Pete Madsen

Polaroids - Shawn Colvin

Saint Anne's Reel - Traditional, arranged by Doug Young

The Holly and the Ivy - Traditional, arranged by Sean McGowan

The Christmas Song - Mel Torme, arranged by David Wilcox

In This Issue

FINGERSTYLE GUITAR DUETS

How to use different accompaniment patterns, harmonies, counterpoint and textures to create more exciting duo arrangements. By Doug Young

SHAWN COLVIN

The singer-songwriter on her new memoir, creating compelling guitar parts, and collaborating with Buddy Miller, Bob Dylan, and more. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

A VISIT TO GUILD

How Guild's iconic flattop guitars are built in the company's Connecticut factory. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Carry On. Words and music by Stephen Stills.

PRIVATE LESSON
Pianistic Fingerpicking. Matt Munisteri on adapting the brilliant style of jazz-era pianist/songwriter Willard Robison for acoustic guitar. By Adam Levy.

NEW GEAR
Boucher Studio Indian Goose 000-12FTB Review. Canadian-made 12-fret 000 with an Adirondack spruce top delivers vintage style and big sound. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Gretsch G5013CE Rancher Jr. Review. An affordable acoustic-electric flattop with a classic vibe. By Adam Perlmutter.
Radial PZ Deluxe and Firefly Review. Two new acoustic preamps from a premier maker of DI boxes. By Doug Young.

IN THE STORES
Deering Phoenix Six-String Banjo Review. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Shovels and RopeThe dark acoustic country stomp of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. By Kenny Berkowitz.

THE BASICS

Fingerstyle Blues Variations. Use C-A-G-E-D chord shapes to find fingerstyle blues patterns up the neck. By Pete Madsen.

SHOPTALK

Montreal Guitar Show 2012. Guitar fans and luthiers gathered to enjoy custom instruments and jazz at the Northeast's premier guitar show. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYLIST

Robin and Linda Williams, These Old Dark HillsBy Mike Thomas.
The Flatlanders, The Odessa Tapes. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, Old Gold. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Al Petteway, It's Only the Blues. By Céline Keating.
Steve Spurgin, Folk Remedies. By Phil Catalfo.
Malcom Holcombe, Down the River. By Mike Thomas.

SONGBOOK
The Holly and the Ivy. Traditional, arranged by Sean McGowan.
The Christmas Song. Music and lyrics by Mel Torme and Robert Wells, arranged by David Wilcox.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1961 Guild M-20. By Derek See.

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