Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Front Porch

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Front Porch

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Guitar maker Bob Taylor is fond of saying the reason people first pick up the guitar is to play a song. I share that view. In that very first moment, we're not dreaming of fingerstyle virtuosity, or wailing out a solo, or-contrary to popular myth-meeting girls. We've simply got a song in our heads, and we can feel it through our bodies, and we urgently need to make a permanent connection with it through our hands.

As the founder of a community music school (and sporadic teacher there), I get to watch up close as young children discover the magic of matching guitar to voice, and I'm always thrilled by their freedom and joy when belting out those songs and chugging out a guitar rhythm at our seasonal student recitals.

Since songs are every guitarist's heartbeat, it's no wonder that Acoustic Guitar pays such close attention to publishing authentic, accurate song sheets in every issue. Whether it's a full transcription of some fingerstyle knuckle-buster or simply a few chords, a strum, and a tag, we prepare everything to the same exacting standards. Several very talented (and happily compulsive) musicians have presided over this painstaking work through the years-Janet Smith, Dylan Schorer, Andrew Dubrock, Scott Nygaard, and most recently, Adam Perlmutter. Their commitment to excellence is without parallel.

As a musician's magazine in a digital age, we're always looking for the best ways to apply available technology to your process of discovering and learning songs. And since Acoustic Guitar readers aren't shy-witness our newly revived Feedback department on page 12 of this issue-we can always count on you for some excellent suggestions. …

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