April 2009 (Issue No. 196)

AG 196 April 2009 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Taylor Guitars factory tour. The roots of country rhythm guitar. Summer study guide. Lessons in naming chords, slack-key guitar, and composing with chord symbols. Profile of singer-songwriter Meiko. How to fly with your guitar. Martin and Voyage-Air guitars reviewed. Five clip-on tuners.

Country Guitar Roots

Country Guitar Roots

Taylor Factory Tour

Taylor Factory Tour

Summer Study

Summer Study

Featured Songs

Little Martha - The Allman Brothers Band

In the Jailhouse Now - Jimmie Rodgers

Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett

The Scientist - Coldplay

Humpty Dumpty - Traditional

In This Issue

ROOTS OF COUNTRY RHYTHM GUITAR LESSON
Learn how Maybelle Carter, Jimmie Rodgers, and Roy Harvey created today’s country and folk rhythm guitar style. By Scott Nygaard.

TAYLOR GUITARS FACTORY TOUR
A photo essay of the California facility. By Teja Gerken.

SUMMER STUDY GUIDE
A comprehensive guide to the wide selection of workshops and camps available—including two of the summer's biggest guitar shows, Healdsburg and Montreal. By Doug Young.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Come Monday. Words and music by Jimmy Buffett. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
The Scientist. Words and Music by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Ledward Kaapana. The slack-key guitar virtuoso discusses family traditions and a distinctive family tuning. By Fran Guidry.

NEW GEAR
Martin OMCGTE Cherry Review. A Martin OM made of sustainable woods. By Doug Young.

Voyage-Air VAD-2 Review. Aradically designed travel guitar enables globe-trotting pickers to pack a full-size ax. By Charles Saufley.

Five Clip-On Tuners Reviewed. Headstock tuners by Crafter, Planet Waves, Sabine, Seiko, and TuneTech. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Meiko. The up-and-coming singer-songwriter keeps her guitars handy for when inspiration strikes. By Drew Pearce.

HERE'S HOW
Flying with a Guitar. How to ensure that your guitar arrives at your destination safe and sound. By Scott Nygaard.

THE BASICS
Chord Symbols Lesson. Learn to read (and play) the various chord symbols you're likely to find in guitar music. By Dan Apczynski.

WOODSHED
Composing with Chord Substitutions. Learn to use chord-substitution ideas to get new sounds out of well-worn progressions. By Andrew DuBrock.

SONGBOOK
Little Martha. Music by Duane Allman, arranged by Mark Hanson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1956 Gibson J-185. By Derek See.