May 2009 (Issue No. 197)

AG 197 May 2009 Cover

Issue Highlights

Martin Simpson lesson. How to start performing. 30 home-recording tips. Lessons on the major scale, thirds, and harp-style guitar. Profiles of Mark Olson and Gary Louris and luthier Julius Borges. Cole Clark dreadnought and Regal resonator reviewed. All about magnetic pickups. Mike Dowling lesson.

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson

30 Home Recording Tips

30 Home Recording Tips

Play Out Now!

Play Out Now!

Featured Songs

Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

Boots of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan

Jerry's Breakdown - Jerry Reed

Whiskey Before Breakfast - Traditional, arranged by Doug Young

Waste - Phish

Mostly Major Melody - Andrew DuBrock

In This Issue

FINGERSTYLE LESSON WITH MARTIN SIMPSON
Learn how this fingerstyle legend applies his chops to tranditional and contemporary songs. By Teja Gerken.

PLAY OUT NOW!
From getting your gear set up to conquering stage fright, here's how to make the leap into performing. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

30 TIPS FOR MAKING BETTER RECORDINGS
Advice on setting up your studio efficiently, mic choice and placement, optimizing your DAW, adding effects, and fixing it in the mix. By Mitch Gallagher.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Waterloo Sunset. Words and music by Ray Davies.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Waste. Words and music by Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall.

PRIVATE LESSON
Mike Dowling. The consummate songwriter, teacher, and guitarist talks about adding excitement to simple progressions. By Gary Lee Joyner.

NEW GEAR 1
Cole Clark Fat Lady FL2AC Dreadnought Review. A dreadnought from Down Under that's at home unplugged, in the studio, or onstage. By Charles Saufley.

Regal RD-40V Resophonic Guitar Review. Affordable, wood-body resonator guitar delivers bucketfuls of bluesy vibe. By Adam Perlmutter.

Three Rhythm Stompboxes Reviewed. These units from Shadow, Ellis, and EnRoute provide foot-stompin' rhythmic self-accompaniment for solo guitarists. By Pete Madsen.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Mark Olson and Gary Louris. The ex-Jayhawks bandmates restart their songwriting partnership. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Prepared Guitar. How to "prepare" your guitar and use other modern extended techniques to create entirely new sounds. By Bill Horvitz.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Thirds Lesson. Use thirds to spice up your licks and solos all over the fretboard. By Andrew DuBrock.

THE BASICS
Major-Scales Lesson. Learn how to play and craft melodies from Western music's most popular scale. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
All About Magnetic Pickups. Also known as soundhole pickups, magnetics are easy to install and offer distinctive tones. By Doug Young.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Julius Borges Guitars Profile. New England–based luthier explores the nuances of the OM. By Simone Solondz.

GUITAR PRO: RECORD
Ari Hest Profile. How the New York–based singer-songwriter released a song per week for a year. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

WOODSHED
Harp-Style Guitar in D A D G A D Lesson. Learn to combine a popular alternate tuning and a cool trick of sustain for glorious musical results. By Doug Young.

SONGBOOK
Jerry's Breakdown. Music by Jerry Reed.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1939 National Aragon Deluxe. By Stan Werbin.

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