February 2013 (Issue No. 242)

AG 242 February 2013 Cover

Issue Highlights

Feature interview with the chart-topping folk-rockers Mumford and Sons. The editors pick the essential acoustic albums of 2012. Expert advice about how to choose your next guitar. Notation and tab for five songs, including James Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind,” Mumford and Sons’ “The Cave,” Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans,” and the traditional “Angeline the Baker.” Songwriter Tift Merritt on her love of Gibson guitars. Janet Robin talks about integrating the hard rock techniques she learned from Randy Rhoads into her acoustic playing. How to create new patterns using the pentatonic scale. Learn fingerpicking for acoustic rock songs. Reviews of new guitars from Recording King and Huss and Dalton, and the new Apogee MiC for iOS devices. Includes 15 minutes of video footage.

Featured Songs

City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman

Pastures of Plenty - Woody Guthrie

The Cave - Mumford and Sons

Carolina in My Mind - James Taylor

Angeline the Baker - Traditional, arr. by Scott Nygaard

In This Issue

YOUR NEXT GUITAR
We talk to Acoustic Guitar readers and veteran shop owners for advice on buying a new guitar. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS OF 2012
Acoustic Guitar's editors and contributors choose the best acoustic albums of the year. By Mark Smith.

MUMFORD AND SONS
On Babel, British folk-rockers Mumford and Sons keep their focus on what’s important: the song. By Kenny Berkowitz.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
City of New Orleans. Music and words by Steve Goodman.
Pastures of Plenty. Music and lyrics by Woody Guthrie.

PRIVATE LESSON
Acoustic Rock Guitar. Janet Robin on how she integrates hard rock techniques learned from Randy Rhoads into her acoustic playing with Lindsey Buckingham and her own songs. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR
Huss and Dalton Crossroads Review. A vintage-style blues guitar with contemporary touches. By Orville Johnson.
Recording King RAJ-126 Review. An affordable slope-shoulder dreadnought with vintage tone. By Adam Perlmutter.
Apogee MiC. A great-sounding USB mic that works with Mac computers and iOS devices. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Tift Merritt. The singer-songwriter on her love of vintage Gibsons and playing with guitarist Marc Ribot on Traveling AloneBy Derk Richardson. 

HERE'S HOW
Teach Your Children. How to inspire beginning students by getting them to create new sounds using simple chord shapes. By Aaron Stang.

THE BASICS
Roots Fingerpicking in Acoustic Rock. Learn how rock stars like Jorma Kaukonen and Steve Howe used roots fingerpicking to create memorable solo instrumentals. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
John Walker Guitars Profile. Montana luthier draws his inspirations from vintage Gibsons. By Teja Gerken.

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Pentatonic Patterns. Create new pentatonic melodic lines by looking at the five-note scale in a different way. By Scott Nygaard.

SONGBOOK
Angeline the Baker. Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard. 
Carolina In My Mind. Music and lyrics by James Taylor.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Fylde Custom Guitar with Mandolin. By Adam Perlmutter.