February 2002 (Issue No. 110)

AG 110 February 2002

Issue Highlights

Suzanne Vega interview. Tenor guitars. Pierre Bensusan interview. Profiles of Janet Feder, Habit Koite, and Steve Howe. How to use EQ. RainSong OM reviewed. Lessons in bass runs and swing voice leading. How to play the Led Zeppelin classic "Going to California." Bluegrass on the Internet. National Reso-Phonic factory tour. Swing instruction videos. Remembering Frederick Noad.

Featured Songs

Last Year's Troubles - Suzanne Vega

L'Alchimiste - Pierre Bensusan

Going to California - Led Zeppelin

I Am a Pilgrim - Traditional, arranged by David Hamburger

In This Issue

SOUND AND VISION
How pop songwriter Suzanne Vega uses visual imagery to express ideas and emotions. By Simone Solondz.

TENOR TENURE
The versatile little four-string guitar has held a place in popular music since the 1920s. By Michael John Simmons.

DESIGNING SPACE
Fingerstyle master Pierre Bensusan balances silence, energy, and movement in his music. By Gary Joyner.

JUMP STREET
Out of Africa. Malian guitar player Habib Koite brings Mali's musical traditions and the acoustic guitar together in new ways. By Danny Carnahan.
Yes Man. Steve Howe, formerly of classic rock band Yes, releases an all-acoustic album, Natural Timbre. By Tim Morse.
Special Effects. Denver guitarist Janet Feder's explains her "prepared guitar" technique. By Gary Joyner.
Frederick Noad, 1939-2001. Obituary for classical guitarist and author Frederick Noad. By Stephen Dick.

REVIEWS
Beards of a Feather. Review of Gillian Grisman's documentary, Grateful Dawg, about the musical friendship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. By Paul Kotapish.
Swing Set. New videos by John Carlini and Mike Dowling provide instruction for aspiring swing soloists. By David McCarty.

HIT LIST
Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Duo, Concerti for Two Guitars and Strings. By Stephen Dick.
Dan Bern, New American Language. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Jay Farrar, Sebastopol. By Drew Pearce.
Old Blind Dogs, Fit?. By Sue Thompson.
The Del McCoury Band, Del and the Boys. By Sue Thompson.
Ian Melrose, A Scottish Legacy. By Art Edelstein.
Willie Nelson, Rainbow Connection. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Doc Watson, Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk City. By Duck Baker.
Jimmy Wyble, The Art of Two-Line Improvisation. By Gary Joyner.
Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Live at the Bluebird. By Rani Arbo.

ON THE WEB
Pickers' Pages. An annotated guide to bluegrass Web sites and Internet newsgroups. By Craig Havighurst.

STAGE AND STUDIO
EQ Training. Part two of a two-part series on equalization describes how to make on stage adjustments. By Chris Proctor.

GEARBOX
Profile. Profile of Don Young and McGregor Gaines and their National Reso-Phonic Guitars, including a brief history of resophonic guitars. By Teja Gerken.
Review. Review of the small-bodied, graphite-constructed RainSong OM-100. By Teja Gerken.

SHOPTALK
European Revolution. A review of the development of the guitar in 19th-century Europe. By Ian Watchorn.

Q&A
Delta Blues 101. The effect of geography on the development of the Delta blues. By Steve James.
Beginning to Gig. Advice on how to plan a coffeehouse gig set. By Teja Gerken.
Counting 16th Notes. Easy tricks for figuring out tricky rhythms. By Paul Kotapish.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Bass Runs. Use bass runs when switching from one chord to another to spice up your playing. By David Hamburger.
Swing Rhythm. Voice leading with four-note chords in swing rhythm playing. By Tony Marcus.

OFF THE RECORD
Going to California. Words and music by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. By Andrew DuBrock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Morton Seven-String Tricone. John Morton's Hawaiian-inspired Seven-String Tricone. By Ben Elder.

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