November 2005 (Issue No. 155)
Monte Montgomery lesson. New gear from Summer NAMM. Joe Henry interviews Loudon Wainwright III. Lessons on cross-picking pop songs and playing legato lines. Taylor dreadnought and Alhambra classical guitars reviewed. Lesson with Eric Bibb. Profiles of Peter Himmelman, Chatham County Line, and luthier Charles Fox.
- Buddy Holly
The Swimming Song
- Loudon Wainwright III
- Counting Crows
Cousin Sally Brown
- Traditional, arranged by Stevie Coyle
The Kansas City Lowdown
- David Hamburger
In This Issue
MONTE MONTGOMERY LESSON
Monte Montgomery explains how many of his favorite licks come from shifting chord shapes and demonstrates the hybrid pick-and-fingers technique that fuels his incendiary solos. By David Hamburger.
From bargain flattops to drool-inducing dream guitars, clever accessories, and fun electronic gadgets, here are some of the latest, greatest tone toys. By Shawn Hammond and Teja Gerken.
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III talks to singer-songwriter/producer Joe Henry about the inspiration and craft of songwriting. By Joe Henry.
Everyday. Words and music by Norman Petty and Charles Hardin.
Eric Bibb. Learn some of the cool grooves behind the up-and-coming bluesman's contemporary sound. By Pete Madsen.
Taylor 710 CE-L9 Review. Versatile hybrid charmer with vintage-dreadnought whomp, short-scale playability, and state-of-the-artonboard electronics. By Scott Nygaard.
Alhambra 4P Classical. Affordable solid-top nylon-string with lovely tones, Spanish allure, and exceptional intonation and playability. By Patrick Francis.
Behringer V-Tone Acoustic ADI 21. Direct-injection pedal with tube-like tones and versatile features that can improve your amplified sound. By Teja Gerken.
Peter Himmelman. The veteran singer-songwriter makes creative space by slowing down time and fully experiencing life's imperfections. By Derk Richardson.
Chatham County Line. Guitarist Dave Wilson and his bandmates put a fresh spin on traditional bluegrass. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Play It Loud. Increase your flatpicking volume with these seven adjustments to your technique and attitude. By Nicole Solis.
Crosspicking Pop Songs Lesson. Use simple crosspicking techniques to create full, driving acompaniments to pop and country songs. By David Hodge.
Short-Scale Guitars. With their sweet tones and easier playability, short scales are making a comeback. By Richard Johnston.
STAGE AND STUDIO
Get a Boost. Five easy solutions for matching and adjusting output levels of different guitars onstage. By Teja Gerken.
Country-blues and folk guitarist Marjorie Thompson gets the most out of her custom Lizard Eye and Gottschall guitars.
Charles Fox Guitars. Veteran luthier Charles Fox takes acoustic guitar design into the future with radical structural innovations. By Teja Gerken.
Multi-instrumentalist and collector Wade Hampton Miller found that a McAlister baritone is the perfect guitar to lead his church choir. By Michael John Simmons.
Badi Assad, Verde. By Céline Keating.
Eliza Gilkyson, Paradise Hotel. By Mike Thomas.
Michael Penn, Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947. By Drew Pearce.
Open Road, Lucky Drive. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Terry Robb, Resting Place. By Ian Zack.
Rick Ruskin and Vivian Williams, The Gospel According to Rick Ruskin and Vivian Williams. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Iron and Wine/Calexico, In the Reins. By Judith Edelman.
The Frank and Joe Show, 66 2/3. By Michael John Simmons.
Legato Lines. Make single-note melodies more fluid by mixing open strings with higher notes up the neck on lower strings. By Stevie Coyle.
The Kansas City Lowdown. Music by David Hamburger.
1968 Hermanos Conde. By Michael John Simmons.