February 2005 (Issue No. 146)

AG 146 February 2005 Cover

Issue Highlights

Chris Thile interview. Sharon Isbin collaborates with the New York Philharmonic. 2004 Player's Choice Awards. Lessons on creating chord progressions and jazz chord families. Profiles of King Wilkie and Chris Whitley. Line 6 Variax reviewed. Report from the World Guitar Congress. How to make good cheap home recordings. Best CDs of 2004.

Featured Songs

On Ice - Chris Thile

Danny Boy - Traditional, arranged by Tony Marcus

Morley's Pavan - Thomas Morley

In This Issue

SOLO FLIGHT
Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile takes control on his latest record. By Scott Nygaard.

ORCHESTRAL MANEUVERS
Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin achieves a new milestone with the New York Philharmonic. By Mark Small.

PICK AND CHOOSE
The 2004 Players' Choice Award Winners. By Teja Gerken.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Best CDs of 2004. Editors' and reviewer's top five acoustic guitar-related CDs released in 2004.
King Wilkie. Young bluegrass traditionalists make their mark. By Jon Weisberger.
Chris Whitley. A profile based on the new CDs War Crime Blues and Weed and the forthcoming album, tentatively titled Soft Dangerous Shores. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

AG LETTER
A first-hand account of the first World Guitar Congress in Baltimore, Maryland. By Julia Crowe.

REVIEWS
David Jacobs-Strain, Ocean or a Teardrop. By Ian Zack.
Dervish, Spirit. By Sue Thompson.
Dolly Parton, Live and Well. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Gina Villalobos, Rock 'n' Roll Pony. By Bill Meyer.
Jill Sobule, Underdog Victorious. By Drew Pearce.
Samuel Paul Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club, Sammo; Reynold D. Philipsek, Grey Chalet. By Russell Letson.
Tom McCrae, Just Like Blood. By Judith Edelman.
Jonathan Kinkead, Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar. By Richard Johns.
Joyce Andersen and Harvey Reid, Kindling the Fire. By Celine Keating.

GEARBOX
Review. Line 6 Variax Acoustic 700. A review of perhaps the most radical acoustic-electric guitar ever made. By Teja Gerken.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Cheap Thrills. How to make good, inexpensive home recordings using consumer gear. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
Baritone Chords. Understanding chord shapes and positions on a baritone guitar. By Doug Young.
Clawhammer and Nail. Explaining clawhammer guitar technique and its origins. By Steve Baughman.
Incredible String Band. A brief update on the eccentric folk band's history. By Derk Richardson.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Creating Chord Progressions. Coming up with your own chord progressions with basic chords. By David Hamburger.
Rhythm Techniques. Learning how jazz chords and chord shapes relate to each other. By Tony Marcus.

SONGBOOK
Morley's Pavan. Music by Thomas Morley. Music and brief introduction to the 17th-century lute piece. By Tom Ball.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2004 Allan Beardsell 4G. The story behind the modern Canadian-made steel-string flattop owned by Henry Kaiser. By Teja Gerken.