June 2008 (Issue No. 186)

AG 186 June 2008
 

Issue Highlights

Keller Williams. Music to "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams, "Lost Cause" by Beck, "Freeker by the Speaker" by Keller Williams, and "Leader of the Band" by Dan Fogelberg. Reviews of the Zemaitis GZA300-Heart, Yamaha CPX500, and Bose L1 Personal Amplification System, Model II. Uke virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Lessons on time signatures, tackling difficult chords, and the circle of fifths.

Keller Williams

Keller Williams

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro

2007 Tom Ribbecke Halfling

2007 Tom Ribbecke Halfling

Featured Songs

Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams

Lost Cause - Beck

Summer Twilight Blue - Jenny Reynolds

Freeker by the Speaker - Keller Williams

Pickin' in Circles - Adam Perlmutter

Leader of the Band - Dan Fogelberg

In This Issue

KELLER WILLIAMS
Learn how the one-man jam band creates his deep-pocket grooves. With video. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

HOT NEW GEAR
Check out the hottest guitars and accessories from Winter NAMM 2008. By Teja Gerken and Charles Saufley.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Your Cheatin' Heart. Words and music by Hank Williams. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Lost Cause. Words and music by Beck Hansen.

PRIVATE LESSON
Willie Porter. The acoustic folk-pop rocker shows how he mixes picking styles gets the percussive bass sound that drives his live shows. With audio. By Andrew DuBrock.

NEW GEAR
Zemaitis GZA300-Heart Review. Brit-rock’s original boutique brand delivers a toneful, silky, and flashy flattop. With video. By Charles Saufley.

Yamaha CPX500 Review. The latest Compass series flattop puts a great playing acoustic-electric guitar in reach of working musicians. With video. By Pete Madsen.

Bose L1 Personal Amplification System, Model II Review. Innovative PA packs a punch and great range for acoustic performance situations. With video. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Jake Shimabukuro. The ukulele master talks tone tweaking, chord voicings, and his diverse musical influences. By Danny Carnahan.

HERE'S HOW
Playing in a Band. Move from soloist to band member with a combination of good gear, a selfless attitude, and an empathetic ear. By Charles Saufley.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Time Signatures. Explore this guide to time signatures, and soon feeling the beat will be as easy as counting to four. With video. By Karen Hogg.

THE BASICS
Tackling Difficult Chords. A simple guide to forming tough guitar chord shapes. By Jenny Reynolds.

SHOPTALK
How to Buy a Used Guitar. How to make sure a used guitar is worthy of a purchase. By Richard Johnston.

GUITAR PRO
Happy Traum. The Homespun Tapes founder discusses what it takes to produce a great video lesson. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

How to Make RingtonesBy Dale Miller.

WOODSHED
The Circle of Fifths. Learn to use the circle of fifths and unlock the mysteries of song construction. With audio. By Adam Perlmutter.

SONGBOOK
Leader of the Band. Words and music by Dan Fogelberg.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Tom Ribbecke Halfling. With video. By Teja Gerken.