October 2008 (Issue No. 190)

AG 190 October 2008 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Lesson with Tony McManus. Interview with John Hiatt. Do-it-yourself guitar setup. Music to Dolly Parton's "Jolene," John Hiatt's "Same Old Man," and Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive." Reviews of the Schertler SB flattop, Epiphone Performer ME cutaway grand concert, and Roland CD-2e compact digital recorder. Lessons on boom-chuck strumming, minor scales, and playing with open strings.

Tony McManus

Tony McManus

John Hiatt

John Hiatt

Do It Yourself Setup

Do It Yourself Setup

Featured Songs

Jolene - Dolly Parton

Anyone Else But You - Moldy Peaches

Carolan's Welcome - Turlough O'Carolan

Same Old Man - John Hiatt

Open-String Etude - Jane Miller

Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi

In This Issue

TONY MCMANUS LESSON
The Celtic guitar master on using ornamentation. With video. By Scott Nygaard.

JOHN HIATT
On Same Old Man, songwriting legend John Hiatt keeps his approach to music simple and direct. By Derk Richardson.

DO IT YOURSELF SETUP
Keep your guitar in great playing shape by setting it up yourself. By Rick Turner.

DEPARTMENTS
ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Jolene. Words and music by Dolly Parton. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Anyone Else But You. Words and music by Moldy Peaches.

PRIVATE LESSON
James Nash. A lesson on acoustic string bending and improvisation with the Waybacks guitarist. With video. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR
Schertler SB. A flattop that unites Schertler pickups and designer Claudio Pagelli. With video. By Doug Young.

Epiphone Performer. Review of the Epiphone Performer with Shadow electronics. With video. By Pete Madsen.

Roland CD-2e. This digital recorder and CD burner makes it easy to catch ideas and performances. With video. By Charles Saufley.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Fred Eaglesmith. The veteran singer-songwriter mines the blues and gospel on the gritty TinderboxBy Drew Pearce.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Boom-Chuck Strumming Lesson. Learn to play driving blugrass rhythm guitar. With audio. By Nicole Solis.

THE BASICS
Minor Keys Lesson. Explore the melancholy side of music with this guide to the minor scale. With video. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
Multiple-Scale Fretboards. All you need to know about guitars with fanned frets. By Harry Fleishman.

GUITAR PRO
Booking Your First Tour. How to make your freshman set of out-of-town gigs a success. By Steve James.

WOODSHED
Playing with Open Strings Lesson. Learn to use open strings up the neck to create rich, easy chords and grooves. With audio. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
Wanted Dead or Alive. Words and music by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1890's Howe OrmeBy Rick Turner.