February 2008 (Issue No. 182)

AG 182 February 2008 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Interviews with Steve Earle and Madelein Peyroux. A look at the future of tonewood. Music to the Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle." Reviews of the Collings 0-1SB and Blueridge BR-40AS. Lessons on syncopated strumming, ragtime guitar, and slack-key guitar. 1930s Stella 12-string.

Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux

Collings 0-1 SB

Collings 0-1 SB

Nina Gerber

Nina Gerber

Featured Songs

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band

Peaceful Feeling Rag - Jerry Snyder

Don't Cry Baby - Madeleine Peyroux

Tennessee Blues - Steve Earle

Salomila - Traditional, arranged by Fran Guidry

Time in a Bottle - Jim Croce

In This Issue

MADELEINE PEYROUX'S BLUES
Madeleine Peyroux took her guitar from busking on the streets to international acclaim, and she keeps it at the heart of her award-winning jazz- and blues-tinged songwriting and interpreting. With audio examples. By Doug Young.

THE FREEWHEELIN' STEVE EARLE
Having left Nashville for New York City, Steve Earle pens an album that celebrates his new home and marriage. By Scott Nygaard.

THE FUTURE OF TONEWOOD
A look at the changing state of wood supplies and how the guitar community is adapting and exploring alternatives. By Andy Ellis.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. The Band.

PRIVATE LESSON
Nina Gerber. The all-pro accompanist shares her secrets on second guitar parts and soloing. With the Lick of the Month and audio examples. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR
Collings O-1 SB Review. Small-body beauty delivers big-time tone and top shelf attention to detail. With audio examples. By Scott Nygaard.

Blueridge BR-40AS Review. Well-built Adirondack-topped dreadnought aims at vintage-minded pickers on a budget. With video. By Charles Saufley.

T.C. Electronic G-Natural Review. Versatile tone-shaping tool packs potential to become a gigging guitarist's best friend. With video. By Adam Perlmutter.

IN THE STORES
Taylor SolidBody Custom, Laguna LG6CERW acoustic-electric, Marantz PMD620 hand-held digital audio recorder, and more. 

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Fionn Regan. The Irish singer-songwriter's eclectic fingerpicking style and colorful lyrics belie his musically sheltered childhood. By Derk Richardson.

HERE'S HOW
Make the Most of an Open Mic. Open mics are a great way to get exposure, but it's important to be prepared. By Andrew DuBrock.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Syncopated Strumming. Add syncopation to your strum patterns to make your rhythm playing more interesting. With audio examples. By Andrew DuBrock.

THE BASICS
Introduction to Ragtime Guitar. Trace the blues back to its roots with this classic, piano-like style. With audio examples. By Jerry Snyder.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Mirabella Guitars. At a young age, Cristian Mirabella fell in love with archtop guitars—and he's never looked back. By Mike Martino.

GUITAR PRO
Behind the Scenes. How guitarist and composer Snuffy Walden creates the music for top TV series and films. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

How to Teach at Guitar Camps. Teaching at a summer guitar camp can be a great way to add to your income. By Karen Hogg.

Save the Ears. As a gigging acoustic guitarist, what do I need to know about hearing protection? By Andy Ellis.

Songs a la Carte. How to sell songs on iTunes. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PLAYLIST
Reviews of albums by Nick Lowe, Teddy Thompson, and Mary Gauthier.

WOODSHED
Slack-Key Guitar Lesson. Loosen your strings and think about warm island weather with this soothing laid-back style. With audio examples. By Fran Guidry.

SONGBOOK
Time in a Bottle. Words and music by Jim Croce.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1930s Stella 12-String. By Derek See.

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