April 2008 (Issue No. 184)

AG 184 April 2008 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Rodrigo y Gabriela. Larrivée Guitars. Choosing your first guitar camp. Music to "Pink Houses" by John Mellencamp, "Tamacun" by Rodrigo y Gabriela, and "Helplessly Hoping" by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Reviews of the Washburn WB400SWK and Lace LF-150SCE. Lessons on practicing with a metronome, connecting chords with bass lines and riffs, and using reduced chord voicings. Circa 1932 Gibson L-2 Florentine.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Larrivée

Larrivée

Don Alder

Don Alder

Featured Songs

Pink Houses - John Mellencamp

Bury Me Beneath the Willow - Karen Hogg

Tamacun - Rodrigo y Gabriela

Humming My Way Back Home - Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Helplessly Hoping - Crosby, Stills, and Nash

In This Issue

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA LESSON
Fusing musical styles from flamenco to rock, incendiary Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela is rewriting the rules for the nylon-string guitar. With audio examples. By Dan Apczynski.

LARRIVÉE GUITARS
Forty years since building his first guitar, Jean Larrivée and family helm one of the most respected guitar companies in the world.  By Teja Gerken.

Summer Study Guide
A guitar camp veteran shares his experiences so you can make a solid choice for your first camp. By Matthew Haavisto.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Pink Houses. Words and music by John Mellencamp.

PRIVATE LESSON 
Don Alder. The 2007 Winfield fingerstyle guitar winner sheds some light on the tricks that helped him claim last year's championship title. With the Lick of the Month. With audio. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

NEW GEAR
Washburn WB400SWK Review. Contemporary interpretation of an antique acoustic guitar body style stakes out unusual sonic territory. With video. By Charles Saufley.

Lace LF-150SCE Flattop Steel-String Guitar Review. A buttery-smooth and versatile steel-string flattop guitar. With video. By Teja Gerken.

Roland AC-90 Acoustic Chorus Amp Review. Easy-to-use acoustic-guitar amp captures organic tones in a feature-rich package with power to spare. With video. By Pete Madsen.

PRACTICING
Your Friend, the Metronome. Helpful tips for using a metronome, your most important practice room tool. By Kirk Hamilton.

THE BASICS
Connecting Chords with Flair. Beef up your rhythm guitar playing with riffs and bass lines between the chord changes. With audio examples. By Karen Hogg.

GUITAR PRO
How to Gig with Multiple Instruments. Three working pros explain how to switch between various styles of guitars during a show and still get great tone from each. By Andy Ellis.

Tax Tips for Working Guitarists. Be smart about how you run your music business and you'll be a lot happier at tax (or audit!) time. By Neil Sussman.

WOODSHED
Play Partial Chords. Get more out of your guitar accompaniment parts by using small chord voicings. With audio examples. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SONGBOOK
Helplessly Hoping. Words and music by Stephen Stills.

REAT ACOUSTICS
Circa 1932 Gibson L-2 Florentine Custom. By Stan Werbin.