Total Guitar issue 283 on sale now: The Acoustic Crash Course

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Inside this month's magazine…

Cover feature
The Acoustic Crash CourseSummer's here, which means it's time to dust down that neglected steel string as we show you how to get to grips with a range of acoustic techniques, including percussive, acoustic blues, folk fingerpicking, singer-songwriter chords and more! We also show you how to get your acoustic playing its best by lowering the action.

Also inside…

TG is the only UK guitar mag to feature accurate song tabs. This month:

Eric Clapton 'Cocaine'
James Bay 'Let it Go'
David Brent 'Life On The Road'

Video riffs
(online, see mag for details)
Rival Sons 'Tied Up'
3 classic pop-punk riffs feat. Blink 182, Sum 41 & Green Day

Scotty Moore Tribute and lesson

TG pays homage to the late rock n roll pioneer, Scotty Moore

Ricky Gervais
We sit down with the king of cringe-comedy to talk about the David Brent movie, 'Life On The Road' and his love of guitars. Ricky was also kind enough to let us tab the title track from the film and its accompanying David Brent Songbook.

Rival Sons
Scott Holliday shares his tips for studio creativity

Chino and Stef from metal titans Deftones show us around their European live rigs

Wes Borland
The Limp Bizkit man talks us through his solo album

Shawn Mendes
How Vine covers turned a 17 year-old into a global pop star

The best new gear on the market, including:

Gretsch Electromatic G5420 hollowbody, VOX Starstream electric, Line 6 amplifI 30 modelling amp, Zoom G5N multi-FX, Guild Westerly archback acoustics,

Stuart Williams

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.