August 2007 (Issue No. 176)

AG 176 August 2007 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Bert Jansch fingerstyle lesson. Interview with Colin Meloy of the Decemberists. Santa Cruz Guitar Co.'s 30th anniversary. Larrivee Parlor, Breedlove Passport travel guitar, and L.R. Baggs amp reviewed. Steve Gillette lesson. Picking up a second instrument. Lessons on playing speedily and expanding your rhythm guitar repertoire. The Breedlove Extraordinary Experience. Choosing a mic.

Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch

Santa Cruz Guitar Co.

Santa Cruz Guitar Co.

Steve Gillette

Steve Gillette

Featured Songs

Melissa - The Allman Brothers

Anji - Bert Jansch

New River Train - Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard

Red Right Ankle - The Decemberists

Country Boy Rock 'n' Roll - Don Reno

Into This Night - Andrew DuBrock

In This Issue

BERT JANSCH LESSON
As a founding member of Pentangle, Jansch combined traditional folk with modern jazz. In this interview, he discusses his influences, the importance of the song, and several of his most identifiable guitar arrangements. By Teja Gerken.

THE DECEMBERISTS' COLIN MELOY
As the songwriter and front man for the Decemberists, Colin Meloy writes dark, literate pop gems that draw on folk traditions, prog-rock, and '80s indie rock. By Scott Nygaard.

SANTA CRUZ GUITAR CO.
Founded 30 years ago, Santa Cruz Guitar Company has been a pioneer of modern American lutherie. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Melissa. Words and music by Gregg Allman and Steve Alaimo.

PRIVATE LESSON
Steve Gillette. The renowned guitarist and songwriter talks about the influence of Clarence White, his father's stride piano, and his  banjo playing on his hybrid style of flatpicking. By Orville Johnson.

NEW GEAR
Larrivee PV-09 Review. Contemporary design features and outstanding electronics come together in a beautiful parlor guitar that doesn't sacrifice tone or playability. By Sean Coleman.

Breedlove Passport OM FS Review. Striking a nice balance between backpack portability and tone, Breedlove creates a small-bodied guitar that satisfies. By Scott Nygaard.

L.R.Baggs Core 1 Acoustic Amplifier Review. Acoustic pickup specialists enter the amplifier fray with a compact, stylish combo packing clear, accurate tones and plenty of power. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Howard Shore. When composing the soundtrack to The Departed, Howard Shore used acoustic guitars to supply the tension needed to make the score live up to the story's tragic arc. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

HERE'S HOW
Learn Multiple Instruments. Playing a second instrument, such as bass, banjo, or mandolin, is not only a great way to put your guitar knowledge to good use, it can also help you get better at the guitar. By David Hodge.

THE BASICS
Pick Up Speed. Are your hands slowing you down? Use this lesson to identify your strengths and correct your weaknesses, and you’ll set new limits in no time. By Scott Nygaard.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Microphone Primer. A basic guide to understanding different microphone types and what applications they’re best for. By Mitch Gallagher.

G.A.S. STATION
Breedlove Extraordinary Experience. Guitarist J.D. Henke traveled overseas to participate in Breedlove Guitars' Extraordinary Experience in Bend, Oregon. By Scott Nygaard.

PLAYLIST
Bill Morrissey, Come Running. By Steve Boisson.
Richard Leo Johnson, The Legend of Vernon McAlister. By Andy Volk.
Romero Lubambo, Softly. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Christopher Parkening and Jubilant Sykes, Jubilation. By Mark Small.
Mark Casstevens, Acoustic Inventions. By David Hamburger.
Stephan Crump, Rosetta. By Julia Crowe.

WOODSHED
Expand Your Rhythm. Instill new life into your chord progressions with six surefire ways to spice up your rhythm playing. By Andrew DuBrock.

SONGBOOK
Country Boy Rock 'n' Roll. An arrangement of Don Reno and Red Smiley's 1956 bluegrass gem. By Eric Thompson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Santa Cruz No. 10,000. The art–nouveau themed Santa Cruz guitar bearing serial number 10,000 is a collaboration between Santa Cruz, inlay artist Larry Robinson, and painter Michael Coy. By Teja Gerken.
 

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