June 2007 (Issue No. 174)

AG 174 June 2007 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Tony Rice lesson. Al Anderson interview. New at NAMM 2007. Bourgeois and Crafter guitars reviewed. Lessons on using your pinky and artificial harmonics. Luthier Fabrizio Alberico. All about braces. M. Ward profile. Phil Keaggy lesson.

Tony Rice

Tony Rice

New at NAMM

New at NAMM

Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy

Featured Songs

Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel

Duncan and Brady - Traditional

Shady Grove - Traditional, arranged by Tony Rice

Alison - Elvis Costello, arranged by Doug Young

Movin' into the Light - Al Anderson

In This Issue

TONY RICE LESSON
In this exclusive interview, Tony Rice discusses the roots of his technique and the freewheeling nature of his approach to the instrument. And we deconstruct Rice's unusual picking-hand style. By Scott Nygaard.

AL ANDERSON
After 22 years as lead guitarist for NRBQ, Al Anderson eft to concentrate on songwriting. Here, he discusses his prolific output since moving to Nashvilleā€”and the benefits of writing with a partner. By Dan Ouellette.

NEW GUITARS AND GEAR AT NAMM 2007
Winter NAMM 2007 delivered cool new guitars at all price levels, advanced amplification gear, and nifty accessories for every player. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Mrs. Robinson. Words and music by Paul Simon. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Phil Keaggy. The acclaimed fingerstylist and singer-songwriter shares his looping secrets. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Bourgeois DBJ-C Review. A thoroughly contemporary fingerstyle guitar made in a small-shop environment. By Teja Gerken.
Crafter TV-200 Review. This solid-wood OM-style guitar unites traditional design elements and new tone-enhancing construction techniques in a satisfying and affordable flattop. By Matt Hayden.
Belkin TuneTalk Stereo Review. Plug-and-play microphone for iPod proves a versatile tool for sketching demos and recording performances. By Charles Saufley.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
M. Ward. This indie singer-songwriter has crafted a time-traveling acoustic sound that makes original connections between John Fahey and Sonic Youth, Elizabeth Cotten and Neil Young. By Kenny Berkowitz.

THE BASICS
Strengthen Your Pinky.Get your little finger into shape with these easy (and cool-sounding) licks. By David Hodge.

SHOPTALK
All About Steel-String Braces. Hidden inside the guitar, top braces are as crucial to tone as they are to structural integrity. By Rick Turner

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Frabrizio Alberico. Guided by intuition and experience, luthier Frabrizio Alberico builds steel- and nylon-string guitars that are custom-tailored to discerning fingerstylists' needs. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

PLAYLIST
Hazmat Modine, Bahamut. By Danny Carnahan.
John Gorka, Writing in the Margins. By Mike Thomas.
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, Straws in the Wind. By Danny Carnahan.
Alex de Grassi, Michael Manring, Christopher Garcia Trio, Demania. By Gary Joyner.
David Grisman Quartet, Dawg's Groove. By Sue Thompson.
Fred Fried, The Wisdom of Notes. By Doug Young.

WOODSHED
Chordal Harmonics. Add a celestial texture to your music by interspersing fretted notes with artificial harmonics. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

SONGBOOK
Alison. Words and music by Elvis Costello, arranged by Doug Young.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1936 Stromberg Master 400. By George Gruhn.