Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Editor's Note

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Editor's Note

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IN ACOUSTIC GUITAR EVERY MONTH, we give you tons of music to practice and lessons to absorb. And while a steady diet of new can help you look forward to your practice time, absorbing and internalizing those lessons and licks can take a different kind of focus. that in mind, we enlisted Acoustic Guitar contributing editor Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers to nab some advice from a few pro guitarists who have spent countless hours in the woodshed. In "Smart Practicing," on page 55, Rodgers talks to young flatpick virtuosos Tyler Grant and Grant Gordy; classical guitarist William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; fingerstyle phenoms Al Petteway, Don Ross, and Thomas Leeb; and versatile Nashville pro Jim Hurst about how they've honed their chops in die practice room, with insightful tips on memorization, learning new repertoire, structuring your practice time, preparing for performances, and more.

Of course, there's stiii plenty of material here to tackle in your practice sessions. Fingerstylists will want to dive into Craig Dobbins's lesson on Jerry Reed-style fingerpicking on page 41. Dobbins is one of the foremost authorities on Reed's influential playing, and we were lucky to get him to share some of Reed's trademark techniques and provide note-perfect renditions of his examples, which can be heard at AcousticGuitar.com/jerryreed. Aspiring blues guitarists will want to make sure they know all of Andrew DuBrock's "Ten Must-Know Blues Riffs" (page 34), and if you primarily use your guitar to backup a singer (yourself or another), you can get some new accompaniment ideas from the Private Lesson with Rich Moore on "Fingerstyle Accompaniment" (page 18) as well as Andrew DuBrock's lesson on "Adapting Piano Parts to the Guitar" on page 72. …

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