October 2005 (Issue No. 154)

AG 154 October 2005

Issue Highlights

Rodney Crowell interview. Laurence Juber lesson. 13 unusual stringed instruments. Lessons on rhythms in three and bluesy bluegrass lead. Takamine nylon-string, Crafter dreadnought, and Wechter/Scheerhorn resonator guitars reviewed. Lesson with Brad Davis. All about wood laminates. Profiles of Tracy Grammer and Paul Rishell. How to amplify a classical guitar. Shopping for a vintage instrument.

Featured Songs

Fire and Rain - James Taylor

Maybe I'm Amazed - The Beatles

The Ash Grove - Traditional

Sugar Baby Blues - Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard

Marching Through Georgia - Henry Clay Work, arranged by Eric Lugosch

In This Issue

RODNEY CROWELL
The songwriter's new CD, The Outsider, completes a trilogy of recordings that examine his past, his inner emotional life, and his social surroundings. By Craig Havighurst.

13 UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS
Venture away from your flattop existence and explore the sounds of other guitar-like instruments—without spending a fortune. By Shawn Hammond.

LAURENCE JUBER LESSON
One of the most highly regarded solo fingerstyle guitarists around, Laurence Juber demonstrates the beauties of his favorite tuning, D A D G A D, in a variety of keys. By Doug Young.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Fire and Rain. Words and Music by James Taylor.

PRIVATE LESSON
Brad Davis. The country and bluegrass supersideman explains the "double-down-up" style of flatpicking that allows him to play at banjo speed with ease. By David Hamburger.

NEW GEAR
Takamine TC135SC Nylon-String. Warm amplified tones and a versatile setup make this a brilliant crossover guitar for steel-string players. By Teja Gerken.

Crafter TD06/N Dreadnought. Moderately priced acoustic-electric with a versatile, rich sound. By Michael John Simmons.

Wechter 6524-F Scheerhorn Resonator. Custom-grade craftsmanship in an affordable squareneck. By David Hamburger.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Tracy Grammer. The folk-pop singer on how her late musical partner Dave Carter mined his best songwriting ideas from the subconscious world of his dreams. By Rani Arbo.
Paul Rishell. The blues veteran keeps the music fresh in his duo with Annie Raines. By Ian Zack.

HERE'S HOW
Start Your Own Jam. Find songs that are fun and easy to play, round up some nourishment for your jammers, and  fill your house with friends making music together. By Dan Gabel.

THE BASICS
 Rhythms in Three. Get comfortable playing rhythm in 3/4, 6/8, and 12/8. By Chris Grampp.

SHOPTALK
Wood Laminates. These misunderstood guitar materials are used by high-volume factories, as well as custom luthiers, to cut costs and improve volume and projection. By Rick Turner.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Classical Amplification. Need to amplify your nylon-string guitar? Buy an instrument with factory-installed electronics, retrofit an existing guitar, or have one custom built. By Teja Gerken.

Reader's Rig. Singer-songwriter Garrin Benfield tweaks his Martin HD-28V with tons of effects. By Teja Gerken.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Shopping for a Vintage Instrument. Use these tips to set your preferences and educate yourself about resources, quality, and prices. By David Hamburger.

G.A.S. STATION
Offbeat instruments like harp guitars are alluring, but it's the background story of their makers, such as Chris Knutsen, that compels Gregg Miner to collect like crazy. By Michael John Simmons.

PLAYLIST
Foo Fighters, In Your Honor. By Shawn Hammond.
John Doyle, Wayward Son. By Scott Nygaard.
Richard Thompson, Front Parlour Ballads. By Teja Gerken.
John Hiatt, Master of Disaster. By Mike Thomas.
Psychograss, Now Hear This. By Celine Keating.
Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Cold Roses. By Derk Richardson.
Ali Farka Toure, Red and Green. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell, Begonias. By Judith Edelman.
Luciana Souza, Duos II. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

WOODSHED
Bluesy Bluegrass Lead. To really get that lonesome guitar sound, you need to come down with a bad case of the blues. By Scott Nygaard.

SONGBOOK
Marching Through Georgia. Music by Henry Clay Work, arranged by Eric Lugosch. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Jeffrey R. Elliott Ten-String. By Teja Gerken.