May 2008 (Issue No. 185)

AG 185 May 2008 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

All about capos. Interviews with John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful and Joe Henry. Recording your acoustic guitar. JMusic to U2's "One," the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," and "Walk Right Back" by John Sebastian and David Grisman. Reviews of the Goodall Grand Concert Short Scale, Timberline T30Ac, and Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre. Lessons on fingerpicking rolls, string bending, and adding ornaments to Celtic melodies. 1932 D'Angelico.

All About Capos

All About Capos

John Sebastian

John Sebastian

Record Your Guitar

Record Your Guitar

Featured Songs

One - U2

Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones

Stringbender's Blues - Scott Nygaard

Walk Right Back - John Sebastian and David Grisman

Banish Misfortune - Sean McGowan

The Harlem Rag - Tom Turpin, arranged by Jerry Snyder

In This Issue

ALL ABOUT CAPOS LESSON
How to choose and use your capo. With video. By Teja Gerken.

JOHN SEBASTIAN
John Sebastian talks about his album with David Grisman, folk music, jug bands, and the Lovin' Spoonful. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

RECORD YOUR ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Building your digital home recording system is a matter of identifying your budget and then choosing the right equipment. By Sean Coleman.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
One. Lyrics by Bono and the Edge, music by U2. 

Wild Horses. Words and music by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Dean Magraw. The Minneapolis-based guitarist discusses tough-to-grab tonal colors and his own improvisational philosophy. With the Lick of the Month. With audio. By Gary Lee Joyner.

NEW GEAR
Goodall Short Scale GC Review. Top-shelf craftsmanship and playability in a Grand Concert brimming with rich, lustrous tones. With video. By Doug Young.

Timberline T30Ac Review. Clean construction and mellow tones in an affordable, auditorium-size fingerstyle guitar. With video. By Charles Saufley.

Radial ToneBone PZ Pre Review. Dedicated acoustic instrument preamp lends superior control over amplified signal in a top-quality stompbox. With video. By Sean Coleman.

IN THE STORES
Wechter 9600 Series. Seagull 25th Anniversary CW Flame Maple EQ. Martin HJ-38 Stefan Grossman. Line 6 JM-4 Looper.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Joe Henry. The producer and songwriter offers songwriting insights and talks about his album CiviliansBy Derk Richardson.

HERE'S HOW
Play Without Pain. Bad habits can make your practice regimen painful, but these simple tips can spare you the discomfort. By Karen Hogg.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Fingerpicking Rolls. Add variety to your fingerstyle guitar playing by integrating fingerpicking rolls. With audio. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRACTICING
Remember to Review. Reserve part of each practice session for review to ingrain the skills you've already learned. By David Hodge.

THE BASICS
Get the Bends. Use this handy guide on bending guitar strings to add bluesy expression to your acoustic guitar playing. With audio. By Scott Nygaard.

SHOPTALK
Tap Tuning. How luthiers can maximize their instruments’ tone and consistency by tap tuning the top, back, and sides. By Simone Solondz.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Andrew White Guitars. Based in West Virginia, luthier Andrew White builds primarily fingerstyle guitars. By Simone Solondz.

GUITAR PRO
Jim Brunberg's Mississippi Studios. How a former touring guitarist started a thriving performance venue and recording studio in Portland, Oregon. By Andrew DuBrock.

Vocal Harmonizer Effects. How to enhance your solo act with DigiTech's Vocalist Live 4. By Gary Lee Joyner.

Songwriter Associations. As a songwriter living outside of Nashville or LA, how might I benefit from joining a songwriter association? By Craig Havighurst.

Teaching Group Workshops. How do you deal with varying student skill levels in a workshop? By Gary Lee Joyner.

PLAYLIST
Reviews of Martin Simpson's Prodigal Son, Neil Young's Chrome Dreams II, Lori McKenna's Unglamorous, and Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

WOODSHED
Ornamentation for Celtic Music. Learn to incorporate the melodic ornamentation used by Celtic guitar players into your own acoustic guitar playing. With audio. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Harlem Rag. Music by Tom Turpin, arranged by Jerry Snyder. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1932 D'AngelicoBy Baker Rorick.