***This issue will receive bonus distribution at Merlefest!***

On the Cover:

Julian Lage: The guitarist and composer weighs in on the state of jazz guitar and the steel-string acoustic

Special Focus: Jazz Guitar Then and Now

  • An Intro to Jazz Vocabulary: Rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ideas for non-jazz players
  • A History of the Acoustic Guitar in Jazz
  • How to Play Rhythm Changes: Five modern acoustic masters—Mimi Fox, Ronald Jackson, Sean McGowan, Matt Munisteri, and Frank Vignola—explain their approach to the jazz form
  • Learn to play Julian Lage’s “Day and Age”

Features and Departments

  • Lead Guitar: Karen Peterson reports on this innovative program that brings classical guitar education to low-income communities throughout the southwest United States
  • Guitar Talk: Songwriter Joe Henry goes deep on his vintage Gibson guitars
  • Woodshed: How to play the blues like Jimmy Page
  • Weekly Workout: How to Play Solo Guitar – A lesson on learning to play self-sufficient arrangements
  • Songs: Learn to play two acoustic classics: “A Little Love, A Little Kiss” by Eddie Lang and W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues”
  • Makers & Shakers: An interview with Irish guitar maker George Lowden
  • Ask the Expert: Brooklyn luthier Mamie Minch answers readers’ repair questions
  • Gear Reviews: Collings OM1 JL Julian Lage and Martin’s Streetmaster Series acoustics
  • And more!

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by January 11, 2018
  • Advertising materials due by January 19, 2018
  • Issue on sale March 6, 2018

*subject to change