February 2003 (Issue No. 122)

AG 122 February 2003
 

Issue Highlights

George Harrison's contributions to the Beatles. Eight acoustic amplifiers reviewed. David Grier plays solo and mixes it up with other musicians. Winning a songwriting contest sometimes involves dubious prizes. Using effects to broaden your sonic horizons. Answers to your questions about women in the blues, fingerpicking techniques, and more. Hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs.

Featured Songs

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - George Harrison

Ookpic Waltz - Tradtional, arr. by David Grier

Sail Away Ladies - Traditional, arr. by David Hamburger

Beautiful City - Traditional, arr. by Tim Sparks

In This Issue

THE UNSUNG BEATLE
George Harrison's behind-the-scenes contributions to the world's greatest band. By David Simons.

MIGHTY TONES
Eight acoustic amplifiers reviewed. By Teja Gerken.

FREEWHEELING
Innovative bluegrass flatpicker David Grier plays solo and mixes it up with other musicians. By David McCarty.

LETTERS
Reader letters. 

JUMP STREET
DIY Diva. Neko Case delivers alt-country noir on her third album, BlacklistedBy Nicole Solis.

Beginners' Pluck. Newcomers take top honors at the 2002 Walnut Valley Festival fingerpicking and flatpicking contests in Winfield, Kansas. By David McCarty.
Oud Jazz. Tunisian oud virtuoso Anouar Brahem explores the connections between contemporary Western and Arabic styles in his music. By Danny Carnahan.

Happenings
Events. 
News.
Bashful Brother Oswald, 1911-2002. Obituary of Dobro player Beecher Ray "Pete" Kirby, better known as Bashful Brother Oswald. By Ben Elder.
Cyber Notes.
In Memory. In memory of the creator of skiffle music, Lonnie Donegan. 

REVIEWS
Better Late Than Never. Linda Thompson returns with the acoustic gem Fashionably Late. English folk songstress Linda Thompson releases 'Fashionably Late,' her first album in 17 years. By Karen Iris Tucker.
Start Me Up. Beginning guitar DVDs. Review of Jon Chappell's Learning Guitar for Dummies, Dan Huckabee's Your First Guitar Lesson, Mike McAdoo's Beginning Fingerpicking Guitar, and Aaron Stang's two-volume Guitar Chord BasicsBy Andrew DuBrock.

Hit List
Alex de Grassi and G.E. Stinson, Shortwave Postcard. By Gary Joyner.
Hot Club of Cowtown, Ghost Train. By David McCarty.
Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden; Various artists, Dressed in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash; Various artists, Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Peter Rowan and Don Edwards, High Lonesome Cowboy. By Sue Thompson.
Rhett Miller, The Instigator. By Nicole Solis.
Chuck Pyle, Affected by the Moon. By Kathryn Rutz.
Frank Vignola, Chuck Redd, and Joe Bird, Gypsy Soul. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Hem, Rabbit Songs. By Nicole Solis.
Ken Hatfield, Phoenix Rising. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Michael Jerome Brown, Drive On. By Ian Zack.
Special Consensus, Route 10. By David McCarty.

AG LETTER
From the Tour Bus. Letter from Joan Baez' tour bus. By David Hamburger.

SONG CRAFT
Winner Take Nothing. The honor of winning a songwriting contest is sometimes paired with dubious prizes. Taxes and other unforeseen fees can accompany prizes in songwriting contests. By Lissy Abraham.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Effects and Acoustic-Electric Guitars. If your acoustic guitar has a pickup, you can add to your sonic variety by using electronic effects. By Adam Levy.

GEARBOX
Profile. Profile of Texas luthier Jamie Kinscherff. By David Gold.

New Gear
Johnson DIY Guitar Kit. Johnson's kit for building a Stratocaster-style electric guitar. 
Snagg Implant. The Snagg Implant stores personal information about an instrument's owner to help in the recovery of stolen instruments. 
SoundSeat Break Down. SoundSeat's new seat for musicians comes apart for easy transport. 

Q&A
Finger Assignment. Tips on when to assign fingers to specific strings while fingerpicking. By Teja Gerken.
Replacing Tuners. Advice on replacing tuners on a Gibson Chet Atkins SST. 
Women in Blues. Important women in early blues music. By Steve James.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Hammer-ons, Slides, and Pull-offs. Basics. Embellishments to smooth out your melody and lead lines. By David Hamburger.
Lead Techniques. Major and Minor Blues Scales. Mixing both major and minor blues scales in your blues leads can produce a wide array of effects. By Chris Grampp.

OFF THE RECORD
Beautiful City. Traditional, arranged by Tim Sparks. By Dylan Schorer.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Hofner President. Hofner President similar to one of ex-Beatle George Harrison's first instruments. By Teja Gerken.

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