March 2008 (Issue No. 183)

AG 183 March 2008 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Fingerstyle lesson with Pat Donohue. Interviews with Emmylou Harris and Peter Case. Great guitars from independent luthiers. Music to "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen, "The Pearl," by Emmylou Harris, and "Jump" by Van Halen. Reviews of the Martin OMCRE, the First Act CG914, and the Zoom H2 digital recorder. Lessons on the C-A-G-E-D system, memorizing parts, and hammer-ons and pull-offs. Fred Carlson New Dream harp-sympitar.

Pat Donohue

Pat Donohue

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

Martin OMCRE

Martin OMCRE

Featured Songs

Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen

Uncaged Melody - Dan Apczynski

Freeway Man - Pat Donohue

The Pearl - Emmylou Harris

Like Wes - Bob Calo

Jump - Van Halen

In This Issue

PAT DONOHUE FINGERSTYLE LESSON
The Grammy winner and Lake Wobegon stalwart is at his most entertaining when he's playing solo guitar and singing his original songs. With audio examples. By Gary Lee Joyner.

EMMYLOU HARRIS
Where most country stars tend to be singer-songwriters or song interpreters, Emmylou Harris has become a legend by being both.  By Craig Havighurst.

GREAT GUITARS, SMALL SHOPS
Independent luthiers are not only building some of the world's finest guitars, many of them are also vanguards of acoustic-guitar design. By Teja Gerken and Charles Saufley.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Atlantic City. Words and music by Bruce Springsteen.

PRIVATE LESSON
Steve Baughman. The Celtic fingerstylist explains how to use traditional-music techniques like clawhammer picking and bagpipe-inspired embellishments. With the Lick of the Month and audio and video examples. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Martin OMCRE Review. Babicz adjustable neck transforms a proven Martin design into an uncommonly versatile guitar. With video. By Charles Saufley.

First Act CG914 Review. Stage-ready auditorium-size flattop delivers contemporary tone at an affordable price. With video. By Adam Perlmutter.

Zoom H2 Digital Recorder Review. Palm-size stereo recorder packs streamlined functionality into a compact package. By Douglas Baldwin.

IN THE STORES
Breedlove Revival 000 JTLE Jeff Tweedy signature model, Tascam DP-02CF digital eight-track recorder, Nady USB 1-C large diaphragm condenser mic, and more. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Peter Case. The singer-songwriter proves you can find inspiration anywhere. By Drew Pearce.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs. Add cool new sounds to your rhythms and riffs with these two simple maneuvers. With audio examples. By Jenny Reynolds.

PRACTICING
Maximize Your Memory. Having trouble remembering that passage, lick, or lyric? Start at the end. By Nicole Solis.

THE BASICS
The C-A-G-E-D System. Bust your way into this handy system and lock in your fingerboardboard knowledge. With audio examples. By Dan Apczynski.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Local Phenomenon. Besides standard models, many dealers now also stock custom guitars made specifically for their shops. By Scott Nygaard.

GUITAR PRO
Hands On. A neurological disorder robbed fingerstyle guitarist Billy McLaughlin of the ability to play his instrument—here's how he's coming back. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Interviewing Parents. Seven key questions to ask before you teach a child's first lesson. By Jeff Snow.

Wedding Gigs. How do I find and prepare for wedding gigs? By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

Choosing a Sampling Rate. What are the advantages of recording with higher sampling rates (such as 48 or 96 kHz) when my project will be mixed to the CD standard of 44.1 kHz? By Mitch Gallagher.

PLAYLIST
Reviews of albums by Merle Haggard, Ani DiFranco, and José González.

WOODSHED
Soloing With Octaves. Apply this technique to your solos to create melodic lines that really pack a punch. With audio examples. By Bob Calo.

SONGBOOK
Jump. Words and music by Van Halen. Arranged by Eric Roche.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Fred Carlson New Dream. A unique 39-string harp-sympitar. With video. By Alex de Grassi.

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