July 2002 (Issue No. 115)

AG 115 July 2002 Cover

Issue Highlights

Pete Seeger interview. 16 affordable nylon-string guitars. 2002 Homegrown CD Award winners. Profiles of Kasey Chambers, Alana Davis, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Blues instruction videos reviewed. Visit to Guild Guitars. Lessons on basic chord theory and bass lines. Sam Phillips interview.

Featured Songs

The Bells of Rhymney - Pete Seeger

Nine Pound Hammer - Merle Travis, arranged by Eddie Pennington

Fan Dance - Sam Phillips

Levis Beaulieu - Traditional, arranged by Paul Kotapish

In This Issue

HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING?
Pete Seeger looks back at a life of stories and songs--and ahead to the next verse. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

AFFORDABLE CLASSICS
Sixteen nylon-string guitars under $1,500. By Teja Gerken.

THEIR WAY
The winners of the 2002 Homegrown CD Awards. By Simone Solondz.

JUMP STREET
Outback Opry. Profile of Australian alt-country sensation Kasey Chambers. By Mike Thomas.
From Bach to Bahia. Brazilian fingerstylist Carlos Barbosa-Lima's new CD, Mambo No. 5, takes listeners on a musical journey. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
In the Pocket. Singer-songwriter Alana Davis displays her diverse influences from Joni Mitchell to Stevie Wonder on her CD Fortune Cookies. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Muppet Master Class. Sesame Street Music Works encourages children to take an active role in music. By Nicole Solis.

REVIEWS
Mississipppi on My Mind. Review of John Miller's instructional videos on the guitar of Bo Carter, Furry Lewis, and Robert Wilkins. By Ian Zack.

HIT LIST
Baaba Maal, Missing You. By Teja Gerken.
Caitlin Cary, While You Weren't Looking. By Nicole Solis.
Peter Rowan, Reggaebilly. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Steve Dawson, Bug Parade. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Suzzy and Maggie Roche, Zero Church. By Karen Iris Tucker.
Bob Brozman, Live Now. By Ian Zack.
Dave Black, Alone and Together. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
James King, Thirty Years of Farming. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Mason Jennings, Century Spring. By Drew Pearce.
Buster B. Jones, Fingerstyle Guitar from the Ground Up, Vols. 1 and 2. By Karen Hogg.
David Tannenbaum Plays Weiss. By Stephen Dick.
Rich O'Brien, Southwestern Souvenirs. By Michael John Simmons.

HERE'S HOW
Physical Memory. Tips and tricks to help the muscles in your hands learn how to play guitar. By Carol McComb.

SONG CRAFT
Forbidden City. The disappearing world of singer-songwriter Sam Phillips. By Simone Solondz.

STAGE AND STUDIO
All Together Now. How to develop a lasting relationship with your band. By Paul Kotapish.

GEARBOX
Profile. Guild Guitars. A visit to the new Guild Guitar facility in the Fender plant in Corona, California. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
Why Preamps?. An explanation of when and why to use a preamp in addition to your pickup. By Rick Turner.
Reader Tip: Tuning Fork Tricks. An alternate way to use your tuning fork to tune your guitar. 
Stretches for Guitarists. Warm-up and stretching tips to help protect your finger, hand, arm, and shoulder muscles. By Sue Thompson.
The First Nylon Strings. How and when nylon strings were first developed for classical guitars. By Ervin Somogyi.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Chord Theory. Basics. An introduction to basic music theory and explanation of how chords are constructed. By Dylan Schorer.
Bass Lines for Guitarists. How guitars can fill out a bass part in a group without interfering with other guitar parts. By Paul Kotapish.

OFF THE RECORD
Nine Pound Hammer. Music by Merle Travis, arranged by Eddie Pennington. By Jim Ohlschmidt.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Carlson Oracle. Fred Carlson's Oracle custom harp guitar. By Teja Gerken.