December 2007 (Issue No. 180)

AG 180 December 2007 Cover

Issue Highlights

Russ Barenberg lesson. Guild Guitars. Brett Dennen interview. Chris Proctor lesson. Baden dreadnought, Sierra 12-string, and Tascam Guitar Trainer reviewed. Profile of the band Nathan. Lessons on scratch rhythms, flatpick power, rhythmic strumming, and clawhammer guitar. Pete Huttlinger's home studio. How to insure your gear.

Russ Barenberg

Russ Barenberg

Guild Guitars

Guild Guitars

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen

Featured Songs

On the Road Again - Willie Nelson

Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley

Little Sadie - Traditional, arranged by Michael Stadler

Darlin' Do Not Fear - Brett Dennen

When at Last - Russ Barenberg

String Chimes - Andy Ellis

In This Issue

GUILD'S GREATEST FLATTOPS
As one of America's greatest acoustic guitar brands, Guild is a favorite among superstars and working musicians alike. By Ben Elder.

RUSS BARENBERG'S RETURN
In this exclusive lesson, Russ Barenberg explains his approach to fiddle tunes, composing, and creating his adventurous new recording, When at Last. By Scott Nygaard.

BRETT DENNEN
Brett Dennen's socially conscious songs are infused with African rhythms, captivating melodies, and intricate fingerstyle syncopation. By Drew Pearce.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
On the Road Again. Willie Nelson's upbeat paean to the joys of touring.

PRIVATE LESSON
Chris Proctor. The fingerstyle master shows how to break away from the routine. By Andrew DuBrock.

NEW GEAR
Baden D-Style Mahogany Review. Modern style, effective electronics, and a versatile voice come together in a contemporary dreadnought. By Scott Nygaard.
Sierra SS112 Review. Affordable 12-string helps budget-minded players expand their tonal palette. By Charles Saufley.
Tascam MP-GT1 MP3 Guitar Trainer Review. A compact, easy-to-use guitar trainer/MP3 player. By Douglas Baldwin.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Nathan. This Canadian band weaves songs with rich visual imagery and compelling dashes of instrumentation. By Scott Nygaard.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Scratch Rhythms Lesson. Use scratch rhythms to propel your rhythm and funkify your riffs. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRACTICING
Build Your Strum. Create rhythmic strumming patterns for any song with this simple process. By Tom Serb.

THE BASICS
Harness the Power of Your Pick. Does flatpicking have you flummoxed? Learn to pick with confidence. By Andy Ellis.

SHOPTALK
Go Nuts! A guitar's nut is an important element in determining playability. Here's how to make sure it fits and functions correctly. By John LeVan.

GUITAR PRO
Public Domain Music. How to tell if a song is public domain. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Cover Your Assets. Make sure your gear is properly insured for professional use. By Andy Ellis.
Home Studio Distinction. How Nashville-based fingerstyle guitarist Pete Huttlinger makes great-sounding albums in his home studio. By Andy Ellis.

PLAYLIST
Keola Beamer, Ka Hikina O Ka Hau (The Coming of the Snow). By Danny Carnahan.
King Wilkie, Low Country Suite. By Celine Keating.
Vieux Farka Toure, Vieux Farka Toure. By Danny Carnahan.

WOODSHED
Clawhammer Guitar Lesson. Explore a banjo technique adapted for the guitar to turn your fingerpicking around…literally! By Michael Stadler

SONGBOOK
Hallelujah. Jeff Buckley's ethereal version of the Leonard Cohen classic. By Jon Chappell.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Early 1930s National Style 4. By George Gruhn.