July 2004 (Issue No. 139)

AG 139 July 2004 Cover

Issue Highlights

John Jorgenson on Gypsy jazz and playing the part of Django Reinhardt in a movie. Nine pickup systems reviewed. How independent musicians are using creative approaches and new technology to promote themselves online. Lessons on power chords and natural and artificial harmonics. Interviews with Matt Nathanson, Cindy Cashdollar, Peter Finger, and Bernie Leadon. Perlman Arch-Harp Guitar.

Featured Songs

F.A. Swing - John Jorgenson

Amazing Grace - Traditional, arranged by Patrick Francis

Little Sadie - Traditional, arranged by David Hamburger

Parisian Waltz - Muriel Anderson

In This Issue

DJANGO FOR A DAY
Playing the part of Django Reinhardt in a movie was a dream come true. By John Jorgenson.

NASHVILLE MANOUCHE
John Jorgenson's voyage on the Gypsy jazz caravan. By Michael John Simmons.

Pick 'Em Up
Nine new pickup systems reviewed. By Teja Gerken.

SPINNING A WEB
How independent musicians are using creative approaches and new technology to promote themselves online. By Craig Havighurst.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Matt Nathanson. Profile of San Francisco singer-songwiter Matt Nathanson. By Andrew DuBrock.

Cindy Cashdollar. Profile of slide and resophonic guitar wizard Cindy Cashdollar. By Andy Volk.

Peter Finger. Profile of German fingerstyle guitarist and entrepreneur Peter Finger. By Teja Gerken.

Bernie Leadon. Profile of ex-Eagle and Flying Burrito Brother Bernie Leadon. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HAPPENINGS
Dick Waterman publishes his blues, folk, and rock photographs in Between Midnight and Day:the Last Unpublished Blues Archive; Rhino records releases six-CD retrospective box set, All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Recordings; mandolinist/guitarist Mike Marshall collaborates in the founding of a new record label, Adventure Music, dedicated to Brazilian and other Latin American musical styles. 

REVIEWS
Reviews of albums by David Byrne, Peter Mulvey, Michael Fix, and more. 

GEARBOX
Antonio Loriente Clarita Classical review. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear. Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro 3;Desca music stand; GIGmate Pro; Martin D-41 Special; Shadow ACP 1.

Q&A
A description of the South African musical style known as maskanda, including its tunings; the advantages and disadvantages of using koa as the tonewood for guitar soundboards; the story behind the RMC bridge pickups with separate piezo crystals in individual saddles for each string of an acoustic guitar. 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Power Chords. An introduction to playing power chords, with a primer in muting techniques. By Adam Levy.

Exploring New Sounds. How to generate natural and artificial harmonics on guitar strings, and how to adapt them into your playing. By Patrick Francis.

SONGBOOK
Little Sadie. Traditional, arranged by David Hamburger.

OFF THE RECORD
Parisian Waltz. Music by Muriel Anderson. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Alan Perlman Arch-Harp Guitar. By Teja Gerken.

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