February 2004 (Issue No. 134)

AG 134 February 2004

Issue Highlights

Interviews with Lyle Lovett and John McLaughlin. Elliott Smith remembered. Eleven mid-price acoustic-electric guitars reviewed. Lessons on using a capo, basic blues chords, and New Orleans piano licks for fingerstyle guitar. William "Grit" Laskin's Ten Hands small-body guitar.

Featured Songs

The Dolphin - Luiz Eça, arranged by John McLaughlin

In My Own Mind - Lyle Lovett

Serenado por Gitaro - Lou Harrison

Barrelhouse Guitar - David Hamburger

In This Issue

IN HIS OWN MIND
Lyle Lovett returns to basics with My Baby Don't Tolerate. By Melanie Haiken.

PLUG AND PLAY
Eleven mid-price acoustic-electric guitars reviewed. By Teja Gerken.

JAZZ POET
John McLaughlin's on his classical/jazz masterpiece Thieves and Poets and his lifelong musical journey. By Derk Richardson.

JUMP STREET
Top albums of 2003;profile of Ed Hamell, the one-man acoustic punk band known as Hamell on Trial; Elliott Smith, 1969-2003. 

HAPPENINGS
University of Texas at Brownsville/Southmost College Guitar Ensemble Festival competition and JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition; Song of the Outcasts flamenco book and CD release; Little Kids Rock and Memphis's celebration of the 50th anniversary of rock 'n' roll.

REVIEWS
Reviews of albums by Dave Matthews, Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez, John Williams, and a Louvin Brothers tribute record. 

HERE'S HOW
Up the Neck. A primer on how to use a capo, with a key chart. By David Hamburger.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Vintage Records. Tips on mic placement, processing, overdubbing, and mixing your acoustic guitar recording. By Dave Simons.

GEARBOX
Shubb Capos. By Michael John Simmons.

Slide reviews. Review of brass, bronze, aluminum, steel, ceramic, and glass slides from Big Heart, Dunlop, John Pearse, Planet Waves, Redwood Music, Rock Slide, Rocky Mountain Slide, Shubb, and Moonshine. By Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR
Prerecorded drum tracks on a CD from Hobby Horse Productions; Ernie Ball VP Jr. compact volume pedal; Incase tour bag; Lexicon Omega Studio; Montalvo seven-string.

Q&A
The story of Cuban luthier Miguel Company who made 12-string guitars in south Florida; the relative merits of bolt-on and dovetail neck joints in guitar construction; how David Hamburger plays rhythm and lead guitar parts on the same recorded track. 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Blues Chords. Introduction to playing blues chords. By Dylan Schorer.

Fingerstyle Techniques. Incorporating the syncopated rhythms and single-note riffing of New Orleans piano styles into your fingerstyle playing. By David Hamburger.

OFF THE RECORD
Serenado por Gitaro. Music by Lou Harrison. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
William "Grit" Laskin Ten Hands. By Teja Gerken.