August 2008 (Issue No. 188)

AG 188 August 2008 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Interview with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. Alternate tunings for accompanists. Electric guitars by acoustic guitar makers. Music to "I Will" by the Beatles, "1 2 3 4" by Feist, "Cassidy" by Bob Weir, and "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. Reviews of the R. Taylor Style Two, Walden T550, and Tascam DP-02. Lessons on fingerboard slides, slash chords, and playing with tone clusters.

Bob Weir

Bob Weir

Larrivee RS-4

Larrivee RS-4

R. Taylor Style Two

R. Taylor Style Two

Featured Songs

I Will - The Beatles

1 2 3 4 - Feist

Slashville Waltz - Scott Nygaard

Cassidy - Bob Weir

Cherry Creek - Sean McGowan

Maggie May - Rod Stewart

In This Issue

ALTERNATE TUNINGS ACCOMPANIMENT
Learn how to use alternate tunings for rich-sounding backup parts. With video. By Mark Hanson.

BOB WEIR
The rhythm ace of the Grateful Dead and RatDog shares the secrets of his unclassifiable guitar style. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

ELECTRIFIED!
Acoustic guitar makers are building electric guitars that refine time-tested designs and explore brand new territory. By Charles Saufley.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
I Will. Words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
1 2 3 4. Words and music by Leslie Feist and Sally Seltmann. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Doug Smith lesson. The fingerstyle master discusses combining fingerpicking patterns and highlighting melody parts. With audio. By Andrew DuBrock.

NEW GEAR
R. Taylor Style Two Review. A luxurious new, smaller-body guitar from Bob Taylor's boutique workshop. With video. By Michael Millham.

Walden T550. This compact travel guitar is a blast to play—even when you're not out on the road. With video. By Charles Saufley.

Tascam DP-02. An easy-to-use digital recording system that delivers a wealth of creative possibilities. With video. By Adam Perlmutter.

IN THE STORES
Washburn J27CE, Martin FX Flexible Core Strings, the Recording King RM-991-M, and more. 

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Josh Ritter. Josh Ritter talks about songwriting and his latest album. By Steve Boisson.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Fretboard Slides Lesson. Create fluid melody lines and grooves on the neck of the guitar by sliding between notes. With audio. By Pete Madsen.

PRACTICING
Transcribe Your Favorite Tunes. Use your ears and a pencil to master the language of music. By Kirk Hamilton.

THE BASICS
Slash Chords. Create moving bass lines and drones on the acoustic guitar by using slash chords to indicate bass notes. With audio. By Scott Nygaard.

SHOPTALK
How to Repair Cracks. A crack in your guitar is something that should usually be fixed quickly. Here’s how a luthier will tackle the repair. By Charlie Hoffman.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Mark Blanchard Guitars. The Montana luthier specializes in custom fingerstyle guitars. By Michael Millham.

GUITAR PRO
Guitar Retailer Roundtable. Eight leading retailers discuss how to run a successful business, interact with customers, and stay involved with the community. By Teja Gerken.

Charging for Recording Sessions. How to determine your rate for playing on a session. By Orville Johnson.

PLAYLIST
Reviews of albums by James McMurtry, Patty Larkin, and Adam Levy.

WOODSHED
Tone Clusters Lesson. Add color to your guitar chords with these piano-like cluster voicings and riffs. With audio. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Maggie May. Words and Music by Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Doc Watson's GallagherBy Teja Gerken.