September 2004 (Issue No. 141)

AG 141 September 2004 Cover

Issue Highlights

Eric Clapton pays tribute to Robert Johnson. The Ramírez classical guitar dynasty. Interviews with bluegrass guitarist Tim Stafford, John Wesley Harding, and Greg Brown. Music to Robert Johnson's "Walkin' Blues" and Sue Thompson's arrangement of the traditional fiddle tune "Forked Deer."

Featured Songs

Walkin' Blues - Robert Johnson

Danville Girl - Traditional, arranged by Tim Stafford

Forked Deer - Traditional, arranged by Sue Thompson

In This Issue

MR. CLAPTON'S BLUES
The original blues-rock guitar god pays tribute to his idol Robert Johnson. By Kenny Berkowitz.

THE RAMÍREZ DYNASTY
Spain's first family of classical guitar construction. By Charles Vega.

BLUE HIGHWAYMAN
Journeyman bluegrass guitarist Tim Stafford records his first solo album. By Jon Weisberger.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Aki and Kuniko. Profile of Hiroaki Sasaki and Kunkio Obina. By Teja Gerken.

John Wesley Harding. An interview with the English singer-songwriter. By Paul Zollo.

Greg Brown. The contemporary folksinger talks about his traditional album Honey in the Lion's Head. By Mike Thomas.

HAPPENINGS
Jerry Douglas awarded a National Heritage Fellowship; expanded editions of early albums by Heart and Vic Chesnutt; new Internet portals for legal music downloads and independent music from around the world.

HERE'S HOW
Getting Out of Ruts. A variety of strategies to help guitarists break out of old patterns. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

REVIEWS
Reviews of albums by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kris Kristofferson, the Delmore Brothers, and more.

NEW GEAR
Rat Stands HaloClip light; Valencia Guitars classical guitars from Saga Musical Instruments; Weber Bighorn mandolin with a double cutway body; Zoom MRS-1608 16-track hard-disk recorder.

GEARBOX
Bose L1 Cylindrical Radiator review. Personal PA system. By Teja Gerken.

Yamaha Magicstomp review. A new power-packed guitar processor. By Teja Gerken.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Judgment Day. How to prepare for a guitar contest. By Dave McCarty.

Q&A
How to hide a flatpick while switching to fingerstyle; playing classical music on a steel-string guitar; what it means when a truss rod's nut is loose. 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Chords and Melodies up the Neck. A lesson in how to play up the neck. By Sue Thompson.

Fingerstyle Techniques. A lesson on firing up your fingerstyle leads. By David Hamburger.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1976 Gurian S3R. By Richard Johnston.

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