March 2007 (Issue No. 171)

AG 171 March 2007 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Shawn Colvin interview. John Renbourn lesson. How to buy a custom guitar. Yamaha mini-jumbo, Cordoba Gypsy jazz guitar, and M-Audio Fast Track Pro reviewed. Easy fingerstyle and harmonics lessons. Josh Graves remembered. Solas profile. All about refretting. Recording vocal tracks. Chris Sharp bluegrass lesson.

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin

John Renbourn

John Renbourn

Chris Sharp

Chris Sharp

Featured Songs

Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers

South Wind - Traditional, arranged by John Renbourn

These Four Walls - Shawn Colvin

Greenland Whale Fisheries - Traditional

She's Not There - The Zombies

Northern Stars - Sean McGowan

In This Issue

SHAWN COLVIN
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin on composing collaboratively, using alternate tunings, and singing other people’s songs. By Adam Levy.

FINGERSTYLE AUTHORITY
One of the fathers of contemporary British folk music, John Renbourn demonstrates his distinctive technique and talks about his early influences and approach to arranging tunes in many genres. By Teja Gerken.

MADE TO ORDER
Individually made custom guitars are becoming increasingly common. Some experienced builders and players talk about the advantages of these instruments, what options are available, and how the ordering process works. By Simone Solondz.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Bye Bye Love. Music for the Everly Brothers classic.

PRIVATE LESSON
Chris Sharp. The bluegrass phenom explains his Lester Flatt-inspired rhythm style. By Orville Johnson.

NEW GEAR
Yamaha CPX 900 Review. An attractive mini-jumbo that combines affordability, innovative electronics, and quality construction. By Michael Millham.
Cordoba Gitano 0-5 Review. Classical guitar makers introduce a high-quality, sweet-sounding Gypsy jazz ax in the style of Django Reinhardt’s Selmer. By Michael John Simmons.
M-Audio Fast Track Pro. This easy-to-use audio/MIDI interface enables intuitive multitrack digital recording. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
In Memory: Josh Graves. By adapting the Earl Scruggs three-fingered banjo roll to the Dobro and fashioning a piercing, emotional sound to complement singers, the country and bluegrass icon took the resonator guitar to new heights. By Jerry Douglas.
Solas. Celebrating ten years of pushing the limits of Celtic music, the premier Irish-American ensemble continues to expand its sound. By Kenny Berkowitz.

THE BASICS
The ABCs of Fingerpicking. Get started playing fingerstyle guitar with this easy step-by-step guide. By David Hodge.

SHOPTALK
Do Fret! If you play a guitar regularly, your frets will eventually wear out. This step-by-step guide will help you understand the refretting process. By Frank Ford.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Sing Out! Achieving professional results when trying to track a singer can be a challenge. We offer tips for getting polished results. By Mitch Gallagher.

PLAYLIST
Chris Smither, Leave the Light On. By Derk Richardson.
Del Rey, When the Levee Breaks. By Ian Zack.
Paul Galbraith, French Impressions. By Mark Small.
Ray LaMontagne, Till the Sun Turns Black. By Judith Edelman.

WOODSHED
Harmonics. Use harmonics—a technique for playing overtones on your guitar—to add a harp-like affect to your sound. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
She's Not There. Transcription of the Zombies' She's Not There. By David Hamburger.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Maine Guitar. Profile of custom guitar made by a group of Maine-based luthiers, featuring a "Maine" theme. By Michael John Simmons.