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Special Focus: Acoustic Guitar in the Time of COVID-19

Readers—amateurs, professionals, and teachers among them—weigh in on their musical experiences during the global pandemic.

On the Cover: Al Di Meola 

Ali Di Meola opens up about his new album of Beatles tunes, uncovering more of the magic he made with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía, his love of rhythm, and more.

Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Guitar Talk: Kenya-born folk sensation Ondara on his life in America and his new album about the pandemic lockdown
  • Sharon Isbin: The classical-guitar great talks about her new albums of Indian music and contemporary composers
  • John Prine: A close-up look at the late, great singer-songwriter’s acoustic approach
  • Pickin’: Flatpicking a study by the great classical guitarist and composer Matteo Carcassi
  • Woodshed: Joseph Spence’s classic arrangement of “The Lord Is My Shepherd”
  • Weekly Workout: Learn some hot swing rhythms 
  • Here’s How: Building a virtual teaching studio
  • Makers & Shakers: A profile of Woody Phifer, an archtop maker and repair expert.
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of albums by Sarah Jarosz, Neil Young, James Elkington, Rory Block, and more


  • “Angel from Montgomery” – a John Prine masterpiece
  • “Deck the Halls” – a campfire arrangement of this holiday favorite
  • “Señor” – A new arrangement of the Bob Dylan classic by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings
  • “The Lord Is My Shepherd” – An instrumental gospel piece by Bahamian guitarist and singer Joseph Spence

Gear Reviews

  • Breedlove Organic Signature Concert Copper CE
  • Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster
  • JBL IRX Series portable powered PA
  • Radial HDI direct box
  • Taylor American Dream AD27

And more!

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by August 14, 2020
  • Advertising materials due by August 21, 2020
  • Issue on sale October 6, 2020

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