March 2005 (Issue No. 147)

AG 147 March 2005 Cover

Issue Highlights

Contemporary nylon-string lutherie. Peter Rowan and Tony Rice. Robyn Hitchcock and Gillan Welch. Nine great guitar grooves. Fingerstyle and slide lesson. Breedlove, Simon and Patrick, and Walden small-body guitars reviewed. Profiles of Xuefei Yang, Giant Sand, John Carlini and Don Stiernberg, and acoustic pickup pioneer L.R. Baggs. Tips on singing and playing at the same time.

Featured Songs

Come Back to Old Santa Fe - Peter Rowan and Tony Rice

Television - Robyn Hitchcock

In This Issue

RADICAL CLASSICAL
New developments in contemporary nylon-string lutherie. By Teja Gerken.

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION
Progressive bluegrass masters Peter Rowan and Tony Rice collaborate on a new CD. By David Hamburger.

ENGLISH AMERICANA
Pop eccentric Robyn Hitchcock teams up with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. By Derk Richardson

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Xuefei Yang. The young Chinese classical guitarist talks about her new album, Si Ji, and her struggles for respect among exclusionary peers back home. By Patrick Francis.
Giant Sand. Alt-desert-rock legend Howe Gelb talks about his band's new album, …Is All Over the Map. By Kimberly Chun.
John Carlini and Don Stiernberg. Reinventing the mandolin/guitar duet. By Dave McCarty.

HERE'S HOW
Guitar and Voice. Singing and playing at the same time. Learn to play and sing simultaneously, using easy steps. By Andrew DuBrock.

REVIEWS
Aimee Mann, Live at St. Ann's Warehouse. By Drew Pearce.
California Guitar Trio, Whitewater. By Christa Titus.
Various Artists, Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon. By Mike Thomas.
Kathryn Williams, Relations. By Derk Richardson.
Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau, Oh My. By Celine Keating.
Nashville Bluegrass Band, Twenty Year Blues. By Sue Thompson.
The Villa-Lobos Duo, Tanzologia. By Julia Crowe.
Joe Craven, Django Latino. By Dave McCarty.
Leonard Cohen, Dear Heather. By Gary Joyner.
Stefan Grossman, Country Blues Guitar in Open Tunings. By Ian Zack.
Various Artists, Bluegrass Journey. By Dave McCarty.

GEARBOX
Breedlove, Simon and Patrick, and Walden Small-Bodies Reviewed. New auditorium-sized offerings in the $479-$729 range. By Teja Gerken.
L.R. Baggs. The acoustic-pickup pioneer reminisces about his company's genesis and rise to fame. By Ben Elder.

Q&A
Nylon Tension. Understanding different string tensions. By William R. Cumpiano.
Whither Yamaki?. History of '80s Japanese dreadnought maker. By Michael John Simmons.
Three-Note Chord. Explanation about teaching method in Private Lesson Chords and Melodies up the Neck. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSONS
All-Purpose Rhythm Guitar. Rhythm techniques useful in a wide variety of playing styles and situations, with music for nine great grooves. By Chris Grampp.
Slide Techniques. Using various slides and slide tunings with a fingerpicking approach. By Pete Madsen.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1979 Lloyd Baggs Dreadnought. The story behind one of only 30 dreadnoughts made by legendary pickup pioneer Lloyd Baggs. By Ben Elder.

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