August 2005 (Issue No. 152)

AG 152 August 2005 Cover

Issue Highlights

How to buy your next guitar. Jakob Dylan interview. Bluegrass rhythm guitar lesson. Fender dreadnought and Yamaha grand auditorium reviewed. Lesson with Peppino D'Agostino. Profiles of Kathleen Edwards, Doug MacLeod, and True North Guitars. Lessons on embellishing basic chords and Celtic flatpicking. How to easily change chords. Tips on recording with a pickup. Vintage-style guitars from contemporary makers.

Featured Songs

The Weight - The Band

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie - Traditional

Eight Days a Week - The Beatles

God Says Nothing Back - The Wallflowers

Milwaukee Blues - Traditional, arranged by Steve James

Long Journey Home - Traditional

The Plains of Boyle - Traditional

In This Issue

JAKOB DYLAN
The Wallflowers' leader advises: Observe the world around you, keep a notebook handy, and tell a timeless story. By Derk Richardson.

GUITAR DREAMS
 Buying a new guitar is easy; find out how. By Michael John Simmons.

BLUEGRASS RHYTHM LESSON
Become a better bluegrass rhythm guitarist with advice from Jim Nunally, Adam Aijala, and Kenny Smith on how to create a variety of rhythm patterNs, set up your ax, and find your band's groove. By Scott Nygaard.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
The Weight. Words and music by Robbie Robertson. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Peppino D'Agostino. The adventurous fingerstyle guitarist offers advice on tunings, percussive techniques, and developing a strong sense of rhythm. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Fender ESD-10 Dreadnought. An elegant and versatile debut from Fender's new Ensenada series. By Teja Gerken.
Hohner GM-750S Grand Auditorium. A striking acoustic-electric that's easy on the eyes, ears, fingertips and pocketbook. By Shawn Hammond.
Yamaha Magicstomp Acoustic. A flexible, full-featured effects stompbox perfect for guitar geeks and technophobes. By Andrew DuBrock.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Kathleen Edwards. The fast-rising canadian alt-country star finds inspiration in everyday details like a pink Emerson radio. By Judith Edelman.
Doug MacLeod. The veteran blues groovemaster explains how to get your groove down and sail off into uncharted blues territory. By David Hamburger.

THE BASICS
Embellishing Cowboy Chords. Create countless easy and cool patterns by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs to first-position chords. By David Hodge.

HERE'S HOW
Smooth Moves. Learn to change chords more easily by teaching your fingers to work as a unit. By David Hamburger.

SHOPTALK
Back to the Future. Trailblazing modern guitar companies pay homage to vintage flattops. By Michael John Simmons.

STAGE AND STUDIO
How to get a Great Pickup Sound in Your Home Studio. 15 tips for getting a great pickup sound in your home studio. By Doug Young.

Reader's Rig. Michael Millham's setup is perfect for accompanying his wife's 21st-century art songs.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
True North Guitars. Dennis Scanell's refined fingerstyle guitars showcase his almost obsessive attention to detail. By Simone Solondz.

G.A.S. STATION
Musical Milestone. A handbuilt Huss and Dalton was the perfect way to mark this reader's 50th birthday. By Howard Gotfryd.

Q&A

Blackwoods: Comparable to Rosewood?. By Todd Taggart.
Create Sound Loops with Guitar or Vocals. By Teja Gerken.
The Scoop on Grunewald Guitars. By Michael I. Holmes.

PLAYLIST
Bruce Springsteen, Devils and Dust. By Derk Richardson.
Glen Phillips, Winter Pays for Summer. By Drew Pearce.
Jerry Reed, Live, Still. By Craig Dobbins.
The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan. By Shawn Hammond.
Tracy Grammer, Flower of Avalon. By Mike Thomas.
Alieksey Vianna, Alieksey Vianna Plays Sergio Assad. By Mark Small.
Carol Elizabeth Jones and Laurel Bliss, Ridin' Along. By Michael John Simmons.
Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson, Kenny Malone, Live in NC. By Celine Keating.
Debashish Bhattacharaya, Calcutta Slide Guitar. By Henry Kaiser.
Kent Hillman, Bijoux. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

WOODSHED
Flatpicking Celtic Style. With the right feel, phrasing, and a few authentic ornaments, you can play Irish fiddle tunes like you're from the old country. By Sue Thompson.

SONGBOOK
Eight Days a Week. Words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Milwaukee Blues. Traditional, adapted by Steve James from Charlie Poole.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
The Zeidler Project. By Richard Johnston.

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