Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Front Porch

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Front Porch

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new and improved bimonthly version of Acoustic Guitar magazine, retooled with your many suggestions and comments very much in mind.

As I mentioned in my last Front Porch column, Acoustic Guitar readers have been very vocal about what you expect in each issue. Overwhelmingly, you asked for more songs to play, with a distinct emphasis on the music of iconic singer-songwriters and rock, pop, blues, and country artists and bands.

We also heard from flatpickers who feel underserved, beginners and lefties who need more advice, gigging musicians curious about the experiences of their peers, players who can't learn enough about luthiers and their craft, and many more. We aren't attempting to satisfy every request in this issue, but we'll certainly give it a shot over the long haul. And please keep in touch so we'll always know what you're looking for.

For now, here's a brief rundown on the music you'll find in this first bimonthly issue:

Two Acoustic Classic songs to play-Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" and Nick Drake's "Pink Moon," both with expanded introductions about the original recording sessions, plus performance notes, fully transcribed melodies, solos, riffs, and accompaniments, along with chords and rhythm patterns.

We're kicking off Pickin', the new regular department for flatpickers, with the classic "Whiskey Before Breakfast" as recorded by Norman Blake. Look for more great tunes from the roots, bluegrass, country, and swing repertoire in future issues. …

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