November 2005 (Issue No. 155)

AG 155 November 2005 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

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.

Featured Songs

Everyday - Buddy Holly

The Swimming Song - Loudon Wainwright III

Rain King - 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.

NEW GEAR
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.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Everyday. Words and music by Norman Petty and Charles Hardin.

PRIVATE LESSON
Eric Bibb. Learn some of the cool grooves behind the up-and-coming bluesman's contemporary sound. By Pete Madsen.

NEW GEAR
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.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
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.

HERE'S HOW
Play It Loud. Increase your flatpicking volume with these seven adjustments to your technique and attitude. By Nicole Solis.

THE BASICS
Crosspicking Pop Songs Lesson. Use simple crosspicking techniques to create full, driving acompaniments to pop and country songs. By David Hodge.

SHOPTALK
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.
Reader's Rig
Country-blues and folk guitarist Marjorie Thompson gets the most out of her custom Lizard Eye and Gottschall guitars.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Charles Fox Guitars. Veteran luthier Charles Fox takes acoustic guitar design into the future with radical structural innovations. By Teja Gerken.

G.A.S. STATION
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.

PLAYLIST
Badi Assad, Verde. By CĂ©line 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.

WOODSHED
Legato Lines. Make single-note melodies more fluid by mixing open strings with higher notes up the neck on lower strings. By Stevie Coyle.

SONGBOOK
The Kansas City Lowdown. Music by David Hamburger.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1968 Hermanos Conde. By Michael John Simmons.

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