April 2007 (Issue No. 172)

Ag 172 April 2007 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Guy Clark interview. David Wilcox alternate tunings lesson. All about strings. Summer Study Guide. Lessons on augmented and diminished chords and blues in open G. Stonebridge mini-jumbo, Wechter dreadnought, and Line 6 Variax guitars reviewed. Chris Eldridge bluegrass lesson. Profile of luthier Jim Worland. Playing around one mic onstage. Profile of classical guitarist Lily Afshar.

David Wilcox

David Wilcox

All About Strings

All About Strings

Chris Eldridge

Chris Eldridge

Featured Songs

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Frankie and Johnny - Traditional

Desperados Waiting for a Train - Guy Clark

Get On - David Wilcox

Delta Horizon - Steve James

In This Issue

GUY CLARK
Americana icon GUY CLARK talks about the practical work of songwriting, the art of collaboration, and the parallels with his avocation—guitar building. By Melanie Haiken.

DAVID WILCOX LESSON
In this exclusive interview, DAVID WILCOX describes his adventures with alternate tunings, his ongoing search for the essence of a song, and the joys of getting "taken in" by what comes out of your guitar. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

STRINGS 101
What the differences are in the types of strings and how they will sound. By Michael John Simmons.

SUMMER STUDY GUIDE 2007
These summer study listings (grouped by workshops for players and those for budding luthiers) should help you start planning your summer guitar getaway. By Derk Richardson.

CAMP IT UP
With so many excellent summer camps available, the choices can sometimes seem daunting. Here are some tips on choosing the right one for you. By Steve James.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Wish You Were Here. Music to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here." Words and music by George Roger Waters and David Gilmour. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Chris Eldridge. The young bluegrass prodigy discusses chord voicings and rhythm-guitar techniques. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR
Stonebridge G-23-CR Review. Built in Eastern Europe, this beautifully made flattop offers excellent value in a fingerstyle-friendly, mini-jumbo format. By Teja Gerken.
Wechter 5711 Dreadnought Review. High quality and versatility help this guitar shine in a crowded, value-priced dreadnought market. Review of the Wechter 5711. By Sean Coleman.
Line 6 Variax 300 Review. Easy-playing acoustic-electric classical delivers lush, realistic tones in amplified environments. Review of the Line 6 Variax 300. By Michael Millham.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Lily Afshar. After mastering the Western classical guitar repertoire, this virtuoso performer/educator incorporated Iranian folk songs and traditional Persian microtonal music into her innovative cross-cultural repertoire. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

THE BASICS
Augment Your Chord Knowledge. Augmented and diminished chords aren't as mysterious as you might think. They'll spice up your music—and this lesson will show you how. By David Hodge.

STAGE AND STUDIO
One Mic. Many bluegrass bands are rediscovering the technique of using a single mic onstage. Here's how to make the single-mic approach work for your band. By Scott Nygaard.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Jim Worland. The Illinois luthier builds just about anything that has a soundbox and strings, from affordable steel-string flattops to outlandish multi-string harp guitars. By Simone Solondz.

PLAYLIST
Ed Gerhard, Sunnyland. By Andy Volk.
Catie Curtis, Long Night Moon. By Larry Kelp.
Corb Lund, Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Greg Brown, The Evening Call. By Larry Kelp.

WOODSHED
Blues in Open-G Tuning. Sound like the Delta blues masters by learning the techniques they used: judicious muting, vibrato, and a conservative balance of slide and fretted notes. By Steve James.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Guy Clark Nylon String. By Melanie Haiken.