December 2005 (Issue No. 156)

AG 156 December 2005

Issue Highlights

Conor Oberst interview. Tommy Emmanuel lesson. 20 ways to get great sound in your home studio. Lessons on monotonic bass fingerpicking, clawhammer guitar, and arranging with dynamics. Profiles of John Butler and Dell'Arte Instruments. How to adjust a truss rod. Guild 12-string and Tanglewood dreadnought reviewed.

Featured Songs

Peaceful, Easy Feeling - The Eagles

We Are Nowhere and It's Now - Conor Oberst

Angelina - Tommy Emmanuel

Old Joe Clark - Traditional, arranged by Craig Dobbins

Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi

Deck the Halls - Traditional

Blue and Monotonic - David Hamburger

In This Issue

CONOR OBERST
Conor Oberst, aka Bright Eyes, is making waves with two new CDs, one an acoustic gem that recalls Nashville Skyline and other folk-country classics, and the other laden with electronic effects. By Tommy Tompkins.

HOME RECORDING TIPS
Use these 20 tips to get great sounds in your low-budget, computer-based home studio. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

TOMMY EMMANUEL LESSON
Tommy Emmanuel talks about the importance of melody and groove, lays out some of his signature lead licks, and explains how he plays those tantalizing harmonic flourishes. By Doug Young.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Peaceful Easy Feeling. Words and music by Jack Tempchin.

PRIVATE LESSON
John Miller. The eclectic fingerstylist demonstrates the chord voicings he uses in bossa nova and jazz progressions. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

NEW GEAR
Guild F412 Jumbo 12-string. This legendary flattop's classic sound and top-shelf construction safeguard the brand's impressive legacy. By Shawn Hammond.

Tanglewood TW15-N-NS Dreadnought. Tastefully appointed solid-wood flattop with sparkling treble, stout mids, and deep bass. By Michael John Simmons.

AER AcoustiCube 3 Acoustic Amp. A compact powerhouse with brilliant features, transcendentally transparent tone, and gorgeous onboard reverb. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
John Butler. The Australian rocker bridges 20th-century roots music and new-millennium acoustic experimentalism. By Shawn Hammond.

In Memory
John Herald 1939-2005. The urban folk and bluegrass pioneer inspired legions of string-band revivalists. By Happy Traum.

HERE'S HOW
Dynamic Arranging. Eight simple ways to use dynamics to get to the emotional heart of your band's songs. By Scott Nygaard.

THE BASICS
Monotonic Bass Fingerpicking. Accompany your blues licks with a thumping one-note bass in the style of Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin' Hopkins. By David Hamburger.

SHOPTALK
Adjust Your Truss Road. If your neck isn't straight, your guitar may need a truss-rod adjustment. Here's how to do it yourself. By Frank Ford.

STAGE AND STUDIO
The Home/Pro Studio Hybrid. Overcome your studio's limitations by tracking and editing at home, but mixing and mastering at a pro facility. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Reader's Rig. Fingerstylist and singer-songwriter William Smith doesn't gig anywhere without his Pendulum SPS-1 preamp.

G.A.S. STATION
12-year-old Molly Tuttle financed her very own Martin HD-28V by busking and playing local farmers' markets. By Michael John Simmons.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Dell'Arte Instruments. Founded by Frenchman Alain Cola, Dell'Arte has become one of the premier manufacturers of Gypsy jazz guitars. By Julie Bergman.

Q&A
How to Match the Gain of Two Different Pickups. By Teja Gerken.
Optimum Neck Angle. By Frank Ford.
Ideal Lesson Frequency. By Gary Joyner.

PLAYLIST
Bonnie Raitt, Souls Alike. By Mike Thomas.
Earl Klugh, Naked Guitar. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Come on Back. By Phil Catalfo.
Nickel Creek, Why Should the Fire Die. By Celine Keating.
Patty Loveless, Dreaming My Dreams. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Dar Williams, My Better Self. By Drew Pearce.
Roy Book Binder, Live at the Fur Peace Station. By Ian Zack.
Tim O'Brien, Cornbread Nation and Fiddler's Green. By Celine Keating.

WOODSHED
Clawhammer Guitar. Add driving rhythms to your arrangements with clawhammer banjo techniques. By Craig Dobbins.

SONGBOOK
Christmas Time Is Here. Words and music by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi.
Deck the Halls. Words and music traditional.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Claudio Pagelli Wallpaper. By Teja Gerken.