May 2007 (Issue No. 173)

AG 173 May 2007 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Keb' Mo' blues lesson. Dave Alvin interview. The making of a Martin D-28. Alhambra and Walden guitars and Blue USB mic reviewed. Lessons in blues turnarounds and swing rhythm. All about flamenco guitars. Frank Gambale lesson. Laurie Lewis profile.

Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Making a D-28

Making a D-28

Dave Alvin

Dave Alvin

Featured Songs

Crying - Roy Orbison

I'll Be Your Water - Keb' Mo'

King of California - Dave Alvin

Rose Room - Art Hickman, arranged by Tony Marcus

Turned-Around Blues - Ron Forbes-Roberts

In This Issue

BLUES LESSON WITH KEB' MO'
KEB' MO' reveals his approach to composing and playing, shows how a song can "find" its own tuning, and speaks passionately of his continuing drive to explore "what the blues could be." By David Hamburger.

DAVE ALVIN: KING OF CALIFORNIA
Americana songwriter and singer DAVE ALVIN in conversation with fellow singer-songwriter CHRIS SMITHER about where songs come from, how he shapes them, and what aspiring songwriters can do to sharpen their craft. By Chris Smither.

THE MAKING OF A D-28
Martin's D-28 is the most influential steel-string guitar ever designed. We visited the factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, to see how it's built. Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Crying. Music and words to the Roy Orbison classic. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSON
Frank Gambale. The jazz-fusion master shares his secrets on sweep picking. By Sean McGowan.

NEW GEAR
Alhambra W3 Review. An uncommon fusion of dreadnought and Spanish elements in a rich-sounding, smooth-playing flattop. By Patrick Francis.
Walden G570 Review. Handsome sunburst cedar top delivers three-dimensional tone and responsiveness at an attractive price.  By Michael Millham.
Snowball Microphone Review. This thoughtfully designed plug-and-play digital microphone expands the possibilities of remote and home digital recording. By Sean Coleman.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Laurie Lewis. The award-winning bluegrass singer-songwriter explains how she sits with a song until it's ready to be written. By Kenny Berkowitz.

THE BASICS
Blues Turnaround Lesson. These simple twists on the classic turnaround will give your playing the irresistible swagger of the great blues masters. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Flamenco Guitars. One of the guitar world's most distinctive styles, flamenco guitars are similar to, yet notably different from, classical instruments. By Charles Vega.

PLAYLIST
Badi Assad, Wonderland. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Donal Clancy, Close to Home. By Danny Carnahan.
Xavier Rudd, Food in the Belly. By Drew Pearce.
John Williams & John Etheridge, Places Between: Live in Dublin. By Mark Small.
Laurence Juber, I've Got the World on Six Strings. By Doug Young.
NewFound Road, Life in a Song. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Al Petteway & Amy White, Land of the Sky. By CĂ©line Keating.

WOODSHED
Swing Rhythm Lesson. Learn to fill out your rhythm sound with these bass line-driven chord changes. By Tony Marcus.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1938 Interdonati. A beautiful flattop made by one of the greatest unknown guitar builders in America. By Tony Marcus.