July 2008 (Issue No. 187)

AG 187 July 2008 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Slide guitar lesson with Bob Brozman. Interview with KT Tunstall. A look at carbon-fiber guitars. Music to Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Life by the Drop," "New Slang" by the Shins, and "White Bird" by KT Tunstall. Reviews of the Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage, Ibanez EWN28 Bubinga, and Fishman Matrix Infinity. Lessons on power chords, song forms, and diminished chords and scales.

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall

RainSong WS1000

RainSong WS1000

Pat Kirtley

Pat Kirtley

Featured Songs

Life by the Drop - Stevie Ray Vaughan

New Slang - The Shins

Look at New Orleans - Bob Brozman

White Bird - KT Tunstall

Dim the Lights - Jane Miller

Fire on the Mountain - Joe Miller

In This Issue

SLIDE GUITAR LESSON WITH BOB BROZMAN
Get started on slide guitar in this exclusive lesson with the bottleneck blues master and world-music raconteur. With video. By Pete Madsen.

KT TUNSTALL
The Scottish rocker turns her street-corner guitar style into pop stardom. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

CARBON-FIBER GUITARS
An examination of the guitars and construction methods of carbon-fiber guitar builders. With video. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Life By the Drop. Written by Barbara Logan and Doyle Bramhall. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
New Slang. Words and music by James Mercer of the Shins. 

PRIVATE LESSON 
Private Lesson with Pat Kirtley. The thumbpicker discusses cascading arpeggios and playing with Chet Atkins. With audio. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage Review. A modern re-interpretation of the legendary J-45's fancier cousin combines vintage looks, fat tones, and modern playability. With video. By Scott Nygaard.

Ibanez EWN28 Bubinga Review. We review a striking hybrid for guitarists seeking an easy transition to nylon-strings. With video. By Patrick Francis.

Fishman Matrix Infinity Review. A look at the latest version of Fishman's popular after-market pickup system. With video. By Teja Gerken.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Power Chords Lesson. Rock out on the acoustic guitar with movable power-chord shapes and meaty, root-position "5" chords. With audio. By Andrew DuBrock.

THE BASICS
Basic Song Forms. A songwriting lesson that explores the building blocks from which great songs are made. With audio. By Andrew DuBrock.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
John How Guitars. The Northern California luthier specializes in building vintage-style ladder-braced guitars. By Scott Nygaard.

GUITAR PRO
Battery Powered Amps. Amplification options for playing outdoors or anywhere else where AC power is unavailable. By Teja Gerken.

Teaching at a University. What credentials or educational background do I need for a university-level teaching job? By Peter Janson.

PLAYLIST
Reviews of Eric Bibb's Get Onboard, James Taylor's One Man Band, and Gyan Riley's Melismantra.

WOODSHED
Diminished Chords and Scales Lesson. Expand your harmonic palette with diminished chords and scales. With audio. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
Fire on the Mountain. Traditional fiddle tune arranged harp-style for fingerstyle guitar. With video. By Joe Miller.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Woolson Soundcraft Road Trip Guitar. With video. By Doug Young.