December 2004 (Issue No. 144)

AG 144 December 2004

Issue Highlights

Interviews with Kaki King, Kings of Convenience, Devendra Banhart, and Iron and Wine. Learning guitar online. Music to Iron and Wine's "Each Coming Night" and Kaki King's "Ingots." Lessons on blues lead phrasing and octaves in D A D G A D. 1920 Martin 1-21.

Featured Songs

Each Coming Night - Iron and Wine

Ingots - Kaki King

Octave Blues - Doug Young

Christmas Time's A-Comin' - Tex Logan

In This Issue

Standing Ovation
Kaki King's urban fingerstyle. By Teja Gerken.

Kings of Quiet
Nick Drake's legacy inspires acoustic indie-pop artists Kings of Convenience, Devendra Banhart, and Iron and Wine. By Derk Richardson.

Learn from Home
Self-instruction goes digital. By Michael John Simmons.

DEPARTMENTS

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Ernesto Martinez. The Mexican avant-garde composer designs his own "composed guitar" to realize his music. By Derk Richardson.

Rosa Passos. An interview with the rising star of Brazilian jazz/pop. By Dan Ouellette.

Robert Pete Williams. Profile of the late bluesman upon the release of a new double-album, Poor Bob's BluesBy Steve Boisson.

HAPPENINGS
Four-CD box set surveying the history of bluegrass; new rock, bluegrass, and world music DVDs; three early Robert Earl Keen albums see rerelease; the definitive John Denver single-CD anthology; in memory of Charlie Waller, Ernie Ball, and Tom McFarland. 

REVIEWS
Albums by Steve Earle, Tommy Emmanuel, Manuel Barreco, and more.

OPEN MIC
Farewell to Feedback. The benefits of using in-ear monitors onstage. By Stevie Coyle.

GEARBOX
Larrivee 000-50 review. A review of the 12-fret 000-size acoustic flattop from LarrivĂ©e. By Teja Gerken.

Bourgeois Guitars. The story of Maine-based luthier Dana Bourgeois. By Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR
Davis Luthiers Model 1 six-string from South Africa; Fishman Loudbox Pro; GHS Handmaster Plus; Lace California Acoustic.

SHOPTALK
Back to the Future. The return of adjustable neck joints. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
Where to install strap buttons; whether or not to use a footstool; the relative sound properties of mahogany and koa; DIY temporary pickguards.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Blues Lead Phrasing. Building licks from a few essential notes. By David Hamburger.

Alternate Tunings. Octaves in D A D G A D. By Doug Young.

SONGBOOK
Christmas Time's A-Comin'. Words and music by Tex Logan. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1920 Martin 1-21By Julie Bergman.

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