May 2005 (Issue No. 149)

AG 149 May 2005 Cover

Issue Highlights

Ani DiFranco interview. Six 12-strings reviewed. Tin Hat Trio profile. Peterson StroboStomp and Tornavoz classical guitar pack reviewed. Profiles of Jolie Holland, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Doolin Guitars. Lessons in easy alternate tunings and blues chords up the neck. How to get great onstage sound.

Featured Songs

Down in the Valley to Pray - Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard

Studying Stones - Ani DiFranco

Handsome Molly - Traditional

Blues up the Neck - David Hamburger

Postscript - Mark Hanson

Handful of Chords - David Hamburger

In This Issue

NO LAG TIME
Prolific singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco deepens her relatioship with the guitar. By Dan Ouellette.

SECOND COURSE
Six great 12-strings reviewed. By Teja Gerken.

FOREIGN CINEMA
Growing from a trio to a quartet, Tin Hat solidifies its unique, eclectic sound. By Derk Richardson.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Jolie Holland. The restless singer animates her modern songs with spirits and sounds from the past. By Mike Thomas.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott. How Scottish fan Robert Wylie helped unearth a treasure trove of lost Elliott recordings. By Michael John Simmons.

HERE'S HOW
Sound Familiar? How to get across the best representation of your voice and guitar when you perform live. By Anand Nayak.

REVIEWS
John Hammond, In Your Arms Again. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Mary Gauthier, Mercy Now. By Mike Thomas.
Paul Brady, Say What You Feel. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Peter Finger, Dream Dancer. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Kimmie Rhodes, Windblown. By Mike Thomas.
Redbird. By Mike Thomas.
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David Russell, Spanish Legends. By Julia Crowe.
Mark Geary, Ghosts. By Drew Pearce.
Bill Horvitz, Tuolumne Songs. By Celine Keating.
Doug MacLeod, Dubb. By Ian Zack.
Marco Pereiro, O Samba Da Minha Terra. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Alastair Moock, Let It Go. By Judith Edelman.
Cantinero, Championship Boxing. By Judith Edelman.
Steve Seskin, Live. By Mike Thomas.

GEARBOX
Peterson StroboStomp. We put the Peterson StroboStomp tuner stompbox through its paces. By Shawn Hammond.
Tornavoz Iberia Classic Pack. A great classical guitar package that includes everything but a foot stool. By Patrick Francis.
Doolin Guitars. Portland, Oregon-based luthier Mike Doolin talks about his unique array of double-cutaway flattops. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
Quick Tuning Tips. Using multiple tunings during performance. By Teja Gerken.
Undersaddle Compensation. Using copper foil under the saddle to increase pressure and compensate for an otherwise weak string. By Rick Turner.
The Sapele Scoop. A wood that's becoming more and more common in acoustic guitars. By Charlie Hoffman.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Alternate Tunings Made Easy. Alternate tunings from the ground up. By David Hodge.
Blues Chords up the Neck. How to get musical results past the fifth fret with commonly used chords. By David Hamburger.

SONGBOOK
Postscript. Music by Mark Hanson.
Down in the Valley to Pray. Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1942 Gibson TG-7N. By Baker Rorick.

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