January 2008 (Issue No. 181)

AG 181 January 2008 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Clarence White flatpicking lesson. Classical virtuosos Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, and Thibault Cauvin. Music to Pearl Jam's "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" and Pure Prairie League's "Amie." Reviews of a limited-edition Ramírez student classical guitar and the Recording King RD-227 dreadnought. Lessons on unconventional scale patterns, classical arpreggios, and double stops in fingerstyle blues. Agustin Barrios's Jose Maria Dura Argente guitar.

Clarence White

Clarence White

Ana Vidovic

Ana Vidovic

Ramirez 125th Anniversary Model

Ramirez 125th Anniversary Model

Featured Songs

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town - Pearl Jam

Amie - Pure Prairie League

Study No. 19 - Dionisio Aguado

Billy in the Lowground - Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard

Alberta - Traditional, arranged by David Hamburger

Lágrima - Francisco Tárrega

In This Issue

CLARENCE WHITE FLATPICKING LESSON
Clarence White revolutionized flatpicking guitar and continues to influence players from Tony Rice to Jay Farrar. In this lesson, you'll learn the signature signature style that made White a legend. With audio examples. By Scott Nygaard.

THE NEW CLASSICAL VIRTUOSOS
Determined to expand the classical guitar's repertoire and appeal, three young musicians—Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, and Thibault Cauvin—are pushing the instrument beyond the traditional. By Patrick Francis.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town. Pearl Jam.

Amie. Pure Prairie League.

PRIVATE LESSON
Peter Finger. The German fingerstyle master discusses the advantages and limitations of mixing alternate tunings and music styles. With the Lick of the Month and audio examples. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
José Ramírez 125th Anniversary Model Review. The Spanish guitar builder celebrates its 125th anniversary with a limited-production student model. With audio examples. By Patrick Francis.

Recording King RD-227 Review. An affordable vintage-style dreadnought that is well suited to performance and recording. With audio examples. By Matt Hayden.

Shadow Sonic Doubleplay Pickup System Review. Tone-shaping versatility without major modifications to your instrument. With audio examples. By Teja Gerken.

IN THE STORES
Scott Cao New Century classical guitar, Fishman AFX pedals, Xtreme Mac MicroMemo, and more. 

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Devon Sproule. The Virginia singer-songwriter crafts richly detailed songs on her album Keep Your Silver ShinedBy Scott Nygaard.

HERE'S HOW
Clean Up Your Technique. Brush up on those little details that make your playing easier and help you sound better. By David Hodge.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Sequencing Scales. Kick your solos into overdrive by playing scale tones in unconventional new patterns. With audio examples. By Tom Serb.

PRACTICING
Pace Your Practice. Planning your practice sessions helps you meet your goals without having to cram. By David Hodge.

THE BASICS
The Art of the Classical Arpeggio. Increase your sensitivity to the guitar by studying the arpeggio techniques of classical players. With Aguado's "Study No. 19." With audio examples. By Larry Ferrara.

SHOPTALK
Bridge Fix. Learn how to fix a loose bridge on a flattop guitar. By Rick Turner.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Sound to Earth Instruments. A strong force in the mandolin world for the past decade, Sound to Earth now offers a line of guitars. By Andy Volk.

GUITAR PRO
The Noble Art: Eliot Fisk. How Eliot Fisk shares his passion for guitar and the classical tradition. By Mark Small.

Taking Notes. What it takes to be a guitar music transcriber. By Andrew DuBrock.

House Concerts. Fill out tour dates with house concerts. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Moving in Stereo. What are the advantages and disadvantages of recording acoustic guitar in stereo? By Mitch Gallagher.

PLAYLIST
Reviews of albums by LAGQ, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, David Olney, and more.

WOODSHED
Double-Stops. Spice up your fingerstyle blues with this melodic technique. With audio examples. By David Hamburger.

SONGBOOK
Lágrima. By Francisco Tárrega. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Augustin Barrios's Jose Maria Dura Argente Guitar. The last guitar of the Paraguayan guitarist and composer. By Federico Sheppard.