September 2005 (Issue No. 153)
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.
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
- Bob Dylan
- Reverend Gary Davis, arranged by Jorma Kaukonen
Come As You Are
After You've Gone
- Henry Creamer and Turner Layton
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
In This Issue
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.
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.
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.
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan.
Badi Assad. The Brazilian nylon-string virtuoso demonstrates how she plays melody and percussion at the same time. By Julia Crowe.
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.
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.
Take It Easy. It doesn't take much to prevent playing-related injuries. By Sean McGowan.
Step Up to the Barre. Play any major, minor, or seventh chord in any key with barre chords. By David Hamburger.
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.
Kinnaird Guitars. Georgia luthier John Kinnaird builds affordable flattop beauties based on tradition but with their own individual flair. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
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.
Best Teaching Methods for Kids. By Carol McComb.
Open-Mic Gear. By Teja Gerken.
Refret a Seven-Year Old Guitar? By Rick Turner.
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.
Modern Fingerstyle Bass Lines. With syncopation, phrasing, and percussive techniques, turn boring bass lines into fingerstyle funk fests. By Doug Young.
Come As You Are. Words and music by Kurt Cobain.
Guild Studio 24 Prototype. By George Gruhn.