April 2004 (Issue No. 136)

AG 136 April 2004

Issue Highlights

Interviews with Rickie Lee Jones, Darrell Scott, Mariza, Rosie Thomas, and Highway 61. Lessons on flatpicking fiddle tunes and banjo-style guitar. How to repair classical guitar necks warped by heat, string tension, or age. Martin Double-Neck prototype.

Featured Songs

Sailor Song - Rickie Lee Jones

Full Light - Darrell Scott

Paddy on the Turnpike - Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard

Cuckoo's Nest - Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard

Lonesome Road Blues - Traditional, arranged by Craig Dobbins

In This Issue

HER BEST DAY
Rickie Lee Jones on politics, love, and her life in Southern California. By Paul Zollo.

GUITAR MATRIX
Is digital technology the future of amplified acoustic sound? By Teja Gerken.

BLUEGRASS BOOT CAMP
Taking risks is the fastest way to learn. By Nicole Solis.

HAWAIIAN HOLIDAY
Learning slack-key from the masters. By Brian Kluepfel.

JUMP STREET
Destiny's Voice. Profile of Portuguese fado singer Mariza. By Derk Richardson.

Character Study. Profile of singer-songwriter Rosie Thomoas. By Nicole Solis.

Highway 61 Visited. Profile of Frank and Eddie Thomas and their Angels on the Backroads project and recordings. By Michael John Simmons.

HAPPENINGS
MerleFest and the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest; Guitar Method, Vol. 1 CD-ROM and Julian Bream DVD; 2004 USA Songwriting Competition and Song the Year Contest; obituaries of Speedy West and Gary Stewart.

REVIEWS
Reviews of rootsy children's recordings, as well as albums by Blind Willie McTell, Patty Loveless, David Grisman, and Strunz and Farah.

SONG CRAFT
Poetic Justice. Profile of singer-songwriter Darrell Scott. By Craig Havighurst.

GEARBOX
William R. Cumpiano. Profile of Northampton, Massachusetts-based luthier William R. Cumpiano. By Simone Solondz.

Ultrasound Ultra PDI preamp/DI box reviewBy Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR

Carvin FX2 multieffects unit; Gefell M300 stereo microphone package; Gibson Hound Dog 60 dobro; SwirlyGig. SwirlyGig Industries cup holder for gigs.

SHOPTALK
Neck Relief. Repairing classical necks warped by heat, string tension, or age. Ways to repair warped necks on classical guitars. By Frank Ford.

Q&A
Modern alternatives to tortoiseshell for picks, and recycling old tortoiseshell collectibles; ways to practice chord changes;
what is grain runout, and does it affect tone of top woods? 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Flatpicking Fiddle Tunes (Part One of Two). Tips on flatpicking fiddle tunes. By Scott Nygaard.

Banjo-Style Guitar. Applying banjo-style fingerpicking styles and patterns to the guitar. By Craig Dobbins.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Martin Double-Neck Prototype. By Teja Gerken.

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