April 2005 (Issue No. 148)

AG 148 April 2005 Cover

Issue Highlights

John Lennon. Where to study jazz. How to stay motivated. Summer Study Guide. Profiles of Anais Mitchell, David Jacobs-Strain, Amos Garrett, and the De Jonge Guitar Co. Lessons on the shuffle rhythm and embellishing arpeggios. Martin OMC Aura reviewed.

Featured Songs

Imagine - John Lennon

Sugaree - Grateful Dead

Frankie and Johnny - Traditional

Lord Inchiquin - Turlough O'Carolan

Washington Blues - Elizabeth Cotten

Turnaround Blues - John Coco

In This Issue

IN HIS LIFE

John Lennon's Words and Music Live On. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

MAKING THE CHANGES
Exploring jazz education, from private lessons to music schools, workshops, and self-study. By Adam Levy.

HOME IMPROVEMENT
Advice from the pros on staying motivated and inspired. By Simone Solondz.

SUMMER STUDY LISTINGS

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Anais Mitchell. Family politics, love, and music infuse the stunning Hymns for the Exiled by the Vermont-based singer-songwriter. By Anand Nayak.
David Jacobs-Strain. Blues wunderkind Jacobs-Strain talks about his playing/stylistic philosophies. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Amos Garrett. The electric-bluesman talks about stepping out on his rootsy new album The Amos Garrett Acoustic Album. By Chris Grampp.

AG LETTER
From Dumaguete, Philippines. Tommy Schultz details his adventures in the Peace Corp. and the custom guitar he commissioned from Filipino luthier Jun Reputana.

REVIEWS
Al Petteway and Amy White, Acoustic Journey. By Celine Keating.
Pete Huttlinger, The Santa Rita Connection. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Yonder Mountain String Band, Mountain Tracks, Vol. 3. By Celine Keating.
Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Goin' Home. By Ian Zack.
The Gourds, Blood of the Ram. By Judith Edelman.
Various Artists, Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Joe Rathbone, I Can Hear the Windows of Your Heart Breaking. By Drew Pearce.
Judy Collins, Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy. By Gary Joyner.
Ulli Bogershausen, Chocolate and Wine. By Teja Gerken.
Alan Jackson, What I Do. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Chad Johnson, The Best of Chet Atkins. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Michael Dregni, Django. By Dave McCarty.

GEARBOX
De Jonge Guitar Co.. Profile of Canadian luthier Sergei de Jonge and his family-run outfit. By Simone Solondz
Martin OMC-Aura. Martin's new collaboration with Fishman Transducers. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
Break Angle. Frank Ford helps a reader understand the term "break angle" as pertaining to nuts and bridges.
Connecting the Chords. How to fill-in notes between chords. By Andrew DuBrock.
Tuning 12-strings. Tuning problems on a 12-string acoustic. By Teja Gerken.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Do the Shuffle. An easy introduction to one of the most popular rhythms of all time. By Chris Grampp.
Embellishing Arpeggios. An easy, step-by-step process for learning and integrating arpeggios into your playing. By John Coco.

SONGBOOK
Lord Inchiquin/Sugaree. Turlough O'Carolan/Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, arranged by Danny Carnahan.

OFF THE RECORD
Washington Blues. Music by Elizabeth Cotten. Duck Baker deconstructs the legendary song from the blues trailblazer. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
John Lennon's Gibson J-160E. By Shawn Hammond.

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