March 2004 (Issue No. 135)

AG 135 March 2004
 

Issue Highlights

Interviews with John Mayer, Martin Simpson, Elliott Sharp, Noe Venable, Jim Beloff, and Shelby Lynne. Lessons on Irish song accompaniment, playing and composing in D-minor tuning. Tips on getting ready to perform. 1955 Gretsch Rancher.

Featured Songs

Georgie - Traditional, arranged by Martin Simpson

Baby - Shelby Lynne

Rosemary Fair - Traditional, arranged by Danny Carnahan

Day of the Dead - Pete Madsen

In This Issue

IN THE AIR
John Mayer reflects on his pop success, his beginnings as a blues-rock shredder, and the power of sophisticated chord structures.  By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

ARCHTOP ARCHITECTURE
Redesigning the vaunted archtop guitar. By Teja Gerken.

CHASING THE SERPENT'S TAIL
Martin Simpson's fusion of British trad guitar styles and tuning with American deep blues finds its perfect expression on Righteousness and HumidityBy David Hamburger.

JUMP STREET
Magnetic Force. Interview with Bay Area singer-songwriter Noe Venable. By Drew Pearce.

Future Blues. Interview with avant-garde blues, jazz, and improv guitarist Elliott Sharp. By Dan Ouellette.

Forever Uke. Documenting the ukulele revival through recordings, books, and the work and music of Jim Beloff. By Michael John Simmons.

HAPPENINGS
Spring Break in Paris Bluegrass Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; Obituaries of country songwriter Don Gibson, Jack Emerson, and Elizabeth Papetrou.

REVIEWS
Albums by Natalie MacMaster, Kate Campbell, Pearl Django, and more

HERE'S HOW
Stage Steps. Tips on how to prepare yourself for performing onstage. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SONG CRAFT
Independence Day. Interview with Shelby Lynne with music to her song "Baby." By Paul Zollo.

GEARBOX
Fishman Loudbox and Schertler Unico review. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
The impact of bridge pins on a guitar's tone;advice on treating and recovering from hand injuries; the history of Columbian tiples and a guide to their tuning. 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Irish Song Accompaniment. Instruction in developing accompaniment techniques for Irish songs. By Danny Carnahan.

Fingerstyle Techniques. Playing and composing in D-minor Tuning. By Pete Madsen.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1955 Gretsch Rancher. The history of the Gretsch Rancher model. By George Gruhn.