November 2007 (Issue No. 179)

AG 179 November 2007 Cover

Issue Highlights

David Bromberg fingerstyle blues lesson. Mary Chapin Carpenter interview. New gear at Summer NAMM. Lessons on jazz chords, single-string scales, and economy picking. Takamine and Ibanez dreadnoughts and Veillette 12-string reviewed. Get ready to play in a band. Profiles of archtop luthier Bill Comins and teacher/author Fred Sokolow. Portable PAs. Affordable recording gear. El McMeen lesson.

David Bromberg

David Bromberg

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Nashville NAMM

Nashville NAMM

Featured Songs

Redemption Song - Bob Marley

Buck Dancer's Choice - David Bromberg

Twilight - Mary Chapin Carpenter

Avalon - Al Jolson, Bud DeSylva, and Al Rose

The Water Is Wide - Traditional

Slippery Strings - Andy Ellis

In This Issue

GUITAR CITY LIMITS

An inside look at some of the coolest new guitars, amplification products, and accessories from the Summer NAMM show.

DAVID BROMBERG FINGERSTYLE BLUES LESSON
Fresh on the heels of a stellar album of acoustic fingerstyle blues, David Bromberg discusses his long musical journey. By Carol McComb.

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
From her early country hits to her pensive new album, The Calling, Mary Chapin Carpenter cultivates her independent streak. By Kenny Berkowitz.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Redemption Song. Bob Marley's moving call for social justice.

PRIVATE LESSON
El McMeen. The Celtic interpreter reveals his methods for creating variations within traditional arrangements. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Takamine Flatpicker TF360SBG Review. Crisp tones and solid electronics make this guitar a versatile flatpicking and songwriting tool. By Andrew DuBrock.
Ibanez SGT520VS Sage Review. A great-looking budget guitar that combines playability and quality construction. By Douglas Baldwin.
Veillette Acoustic Gryphon High 12 Review. A striking, high-tuned 12-string that stakes out new tone territory. By Paul Kotapish.

HERE'S HOW
Tips for Playing With a Group. Follow these six tips to prepare to easily move from solo to group playing. By Eric Rawlins.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Single-String Scales. Play scales on one string to visualize the intervals. By Jason Garoian.

THE BASICS
All About Jazz Chords. Add swing to your rhythm playing with jazz chords. By Scott Nygaard.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Comins Guitars: Archtop Art. Bill Comins offers six-strings of all stripes, but he specializes in archtops. By Simone Solondz.

GUITAR PRO
Software for Songwriters. Three lyric-writing and composing software programs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Real-World Portable PAs. Nine hardworking musicians offer advice for choosing a gig-worthy rig. By Andy Ellis.
Make Excellent Budget Recordings. Use budget gear wisely to get professional sound from home. By Mitch Gallagher.
Roots Teacher. Teacher and author Fred Sokolow shares his love and knowledge of American traditions. By Sean McGowan.

WOODSHED
Economy Picking Demystified. Use a special picking technique to maximize efficiency. By Andy Ellis.

SONGBOOK
The Water Is Wide. Traditional, arranged by Ron Forbes-Roberts.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Clifford Essex Paragon. A charming archtop modeled after a Gibson L-4. By Tony Marcus.

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