June 2003 (Issue No. 126)

AG 126 June 2003 Cover

Issue Highlights

Doc Watson's influence on the guitar and folk community. Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin talks about her home-studio album Red=Luck. The latest and greatest new guitars, pickups, and electronics. Django Reinhardt's legacy. Profile on singer-songwriter Brooks Williams and string band the Mammals. Where to find Hawaiian music online. David Gray builds on the success of White Ladder. Taylor's Expression System reviewed. Rock rhythm fills lesson. And more!

Featured Songs

Rolling in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Doc Watson

The Cranes - Patty Larkin

Mombasa - Tommy Emmanuel

In This Issue

Doc Watson's immeasurable influence on the guitar and folk community. By Craig Havighurst.

Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin talks about making her latest home-studio gem, Red=Luck. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

The latest and greatest new guitars, pickups, and electronics. By Teja Gerken.

Mail. Reader letters.

Rad Trad. New old-time band The Mammals mix contemporary influences with traditional roots on new CD Evolver. By Rani Arbo.

Nurturing Nectar. Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Brooks Williams downplays guitar playing in favor of songcraft on new CD Nectar. By Kathryn Rutz.
Year of the Gypsy. Books, CDs, and festivals in honor of the 50th anniversary of Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt's death. By David McCarty.

New Releases.

The Next Step. Ani DiFranco's new CD, Evolve, features her full touring band plus solo acoustic tracks that indicate her new direction. By Dan Ouellette.
A Fingerstyle Sampler. Reviews of new CDs by Ansgar Dalken, Jean-Felix Lalanne, Adrian Legg, Kotaro Oshio, Preston Reed, and Clarelynn Rose. By Teja Gerken.

Hit List
Eliot Fisk, Scarlatti Sonatas. By Stephen Dick.
Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, Jubilee. By Scott Nygaard.
Randy Howard, I Rest My Case. By David McCarty.
Reverend Gary Davis, The Sun of Our Life: Solos, Songs, a Sermon: 1955-1957. By Michael John Simmons.
The Sadies, Stories Often Told. By Nicole Solis.
Willie Nelson, Crazy: The Demo Sessions. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Elizabeth Mitchell, You Are My Sunshine. By Drew Pearce.
Robin Nolan and Paul Meader, The Gypsy Jazz Songbook, Vol. 6. By David McCarty.
Sam Shaber, Eighty Numbered Streets. By Karen Iris Tucker.
The Adams Duo, Montana Skies. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

From Avalon, Mississippi. Letter from Mississippi John Hurt's house and museum in Avalon. By Steve Cheseborough.

Island Talk Story. Where to find Hawaiian music online. Survey of Internet websites focusing on Hawaiian music and musicians, slack-key guitar, and lap steel. By Russell Letson.

A New Day. Profile of English pop-rock singer-songwriter David Gray as he releases sixth full-length album, A New Day at Midnight. By Andrew DuBrock.

Review. Review of Taylor Guitars' Expression System pickup system for steel-string guitars. By Teja Gerken.

Acoustic Longnecks. A survey of baritone guitars and low tunings. By Teja Gerken.

Backward Memorization. Memorizing written music by learning the last measure first and moving backward through the piece. By Ben Harbert.
License that Tune. Obtaining permission, mechanical license, from a publisher, to record another person's song. By Nicole Solis.
Reader Tip: Tuning 12-Strings. Using an electric guitar tuner as an aid in tuning a 12-string guitar. 
Tipping the Scales. Scale length and the feel of a guitar, Fender scale vs. Gibson scale. By Teja Gerken.

Rock Rhythm Fills. Basic rock rhythm guitar strums and fills. By Andrew DuBrock.
Lead Techniques. Learning swing chords, chromatic passing tones, and solos inspired by Charlie Christian and Lester Young. By Scott Nygaard.

Mombasa. Music by Tommy Emmanuel. Music to "Mombasa". By Teja Gerken.

The First and Last Selmers. 1932 Selmer/Maccaferri 12-fret Modele Orchestre and 1952 Selmer 14-fret Modele Jazz made famous by Django Reinhardt. By Michael John Simmons.

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