June 2004 (Issue No. 138)

AG 138 June 2004 Cover

Issue Highlights

Habib Koité. Inspirational accessories. Latest guitars, amps, and pickups. Interviews with Mindy Smith and Nels Cline. The Millionth Martin. Lessons on songwriting for guitarists, blues chord substitutions, and embellishing fingerstyle blues. 1978 D'Aquisto dreadnought.

Featured Songs

A Night in Frontenac - Beppe Gambetta

Through the Rain - Andrew DuBrock

Maybe - Andrew DuBrock

Texas Dead-Thumb A Blues - Ernie Hawkins

In This Issue

NYLON-STRING GRIOT
Malian guitarist/singer Habib Koité talks about his live album and the evolution of his guitar style. By Banning Eyre.

INSPIRATIONAL ACCESSORIES
Using inexpensive guitar paraphernalia to jump-start the creative process. By Michael John Simmons.

THE NEWS FROM GEARSVILLE
The latest guitars, amps, pickups, and electronics. By Teja Gerken.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Mindy Smith. Profile of country singer-songwriter Mindy Smith. By Craig Havighurst.

Nels Cline. Interview with the avant-garde guitarist and Wilco member. By Derk Richardson.

The Millionth Martin. The story behind the making of C.F. Martin's one millionth guitar, with an inside look at its design, construction, and inlay ornamentation. By Richard Johnston.

HAPPENINGS
Alison Krauss, Mitch and Mickey, and Elvis Costello are among the acoustic performers at the 76th Academy Awards ceremony; Aaron Shearer DVD; syndicated acoustic music radio show Acoustic CafĂ© celebrates its tenth anniversary; Ralph Towner, David Russell, Tony Rice, and others perform at the First World Guitar Congress in Maryland.

HERE'S HOW
Learning songs off records. Tips on how to learn to play songs off recordings. By David Hamburger.

Transcribing Tools. Recommended transcribing machines for learning music off recordings. By Teja Gerken.

REVIEWS
Reviews of albums by Paco de Lucia, Janis Ian, and more.

GEARBOX
Greenfield Guitars. Profile of Montreal-based luthier Michael Greenfield. By Michael John Simmons.

STAGE AND STUDIO

Microphone Tips. Tips on what microphones to use to amplify an acoustic guitar, and how to use them. By Steven Stone.

Q&A
How to replace a broken peg on a plastic Maccaferri archtop guitar, with a brief history of the instruments; combined air/wood resonance frequency and "rum-jug" resonance: how they are generated on guitars; an explanation of "silk wraps" or fingernail reinforcements for fingerstyle players.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Songwriting for Guitarists. Using guitar chords to generate ideas for songwriting. By Andrew DuBrock.

Rhythm Techniques. Chord substitutions in blues, jazz, and swing. By David Hamburger.

Blues Techniques. Sliding from the minor third to the major third of a chord to embellish a fingerpicked blues style. By Ernie Hawkins.

OFF THE RECORD
A Night in Frontenac. Music by Beppe Gambetta. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1978 D'Aquisto Dreadnought. By George Gruhn.