September 2005 (Issue No. 153)

AG 153 September 2005

Issue Highlights

Jorma Kaukonen lesson. Godin Guitars. Ry Cooder interview. Lessons on barre chords and fingerstyle bass lines. Alvarez and Lowden guitars reviewed. Profiles of Martha Wainwright and Kinnaird Guitars. Jimmy Martin remembered. Badi Assad lesson. Live recording tips. How to prevent injuries.

Featured Songs

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Bob Dylan

Hesitation Blues - Reverend Gary Davis, arranged by Jorma Kaukonen

Come As You Are - Nirvana

After You've Gone - Henry Creamer and Turner Layton

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Traditional

In This Issue

JORMA KAUKONEN
Jorma Kaukonen talks about Reverend Gary Davis and other classic blues fingerpickers and breaks down his version of Davis' classic "Hesitation Blues." By Pete Madsen.

GODIN GUITARS
Robert Godin's vision of affordable, innovative guitars turned a small Quebec shop into one of North America's largest guitar manufacturers. By Teja Gerken.

RY COODER
By digging deep into the history of his hometown, Los Angeles, and experimenting with an early '60s Kay guitar Ry Cooder jump-started the songwriting process for his CD, Chavez Ravine. By Derk Richardson.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan.

PRIVATE LESSON
Badi Assad. The Brazilian nylon-string virtuoso demonstrates how she plays melody and percussion at the same time. By Julia Crowe.

NEW GEAR
Alvarez RF20SM Regent Folk Steel-String. A brilliant-toned bargain ax suitable for newbies or discriminating experts. By Shawn Hammond.

Lowden S-35 Small-Body. Ireland's premier guitar company returns with a highly responsive, incredibly easy-to-play flattop. By Teja Gerken.

Apple GarageBand 2 Recording Software. Pro-quality sound and editing flexibility. By Drew Pearce.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Martha Wainwright. The late-blooming singer finds her own voice with two different approaches ("weird" and "folky") to song creation. By Dan Ouellette.

Jimmy Martin 1927-2005. The bluegrass icon's voice defined "high and lonesome" and his guitar could drive a band like no one else. By Craig Havighurst.

HERE'S HOW
Take It Easy. It doesn't take much to prevent playing-related injuries. By Sean McGowan.

THE BASICS
Step Up to the Barre. Play any major, minor, or seventh chord in any key with barre chords. By David Hamburger.

SHOPTALK
Resonator Guitars. Originally designed to provide more volume than standard acoustics, resonators are now a staple in blues and bluegrass. By Stacy Phillips.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Live Recording Tips. If you can find a comfortable venue and gear that fits your performance style, live recording is a quick way to get your new songs down on CD. By John Bartus.
Reader's Rig. Eric Skye's setup—Taylor flattop and JBL PA—isn't what you'd expect of a solo jazz guitarist.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH

Kinnaird Guitars. Georgia luthier John Kinnaird builds affordable flattop beauties based on tradition but with their own individual flair. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

G.A.S. STATION
Vintage Parlor Present. Ever dreamed of finding a rare vintage guitar in a relative's closet? For Peter Penhallow, that dream came true. By Michael John Simmons.

Q&A
Best Teaching Methods for Kids. By Carol McComb.
Open-Mic Gear. By Teja Gerken.
Refret a Seven-Year Old Guitar? By Rick Turner.

PLAYLIST
Corey Harris, Daily Bread. By Ian Zack.
Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation, Mighty Rearranger. By Shawn Hammond.
Michelle Shocked, Threesome: Don't Ask Don't Tell, Got No Strings, Mexican Standoff. By Mike Thomas.
Mike Doughty, Haughty Melodic. By Drew Pearce.
Robert Earl Keen, What I Really Mean. By Judith Edelman.
John Stowell, Resonance. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Robbie Fulks, Georgia Hard. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Lenny Breau, Swingin' on a Seven-String. By Michael John Simmons.

WOODSHED
Modern Fingerstyle Bass Lines. With syncopation, phrasing, and percussive techniques, turn boring bass lines into fingerstyle funk fests. By Doug Young.

SONGBOOK
Come As You Are. Words and music by Kurt Cobain.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Guild Studio 24 Prototype. By George Gruhn.

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