June 2009 (Issue No. 198)

AG 198 June 2009 Cover

Issue Highlights

Neko Case Interview. Learn to fingerpick like Reverend Gary Davis. New gear 2009. Lessons in 4/4 rock rhythm patterns, using guide tones, and flatpicking. How to replace your guitar's nut. Paul Reed Smith and Composite Acoustics guitars reviewed.

Neko Case

Neko Case

Reverend Gary Davis

Reverend Gary Davis

New Gear 2009

New Gear 2009

Featured Songs

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon

Middle Cyclone - Neko Case

Samson and Delilah - Reverend Gary Davis

Naked As We Came - Iron and Wine

12-Bar Rhythm Study - Adam Perlmutter

In This Issue

REVEREND GARY DAVIS LESSON
Learn Davis's Piedmont guitar style and approach to blues, gospel, and 1920s jazz. By Ernie Hawkins.

 NEW GEAR 2009
The latest guitars, gear, and accessories. By Teja Gerken.

NEKO CASE
The singer-songwriter talks tenor guitars, the power of language, and writing from the point of view of a tornado. By Dan Apczynski.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard. Words and Music by Paul Simon.

PRIVATE LESSON
Tyler Grant. The 2008 Winfield flatpicking champion traces part of his winning style to classical training. By Craig Havighurst.

NEW GEAR
Paul Reed Smith Tonare Grand Review. The famed electric guitar maker introduces an innovative flattop. By Doug Young.

Composite Acoustics Cargo Review. A compact carbon-fiber guitar that can stand up to the rigors of the road. By Charles Saufley.

Acoustic Image Corus Combo Amp Review. Inventive, American-made acoustic guitar amp with smart controls, rich detail, and efficient bass response. By Shawn Hammond.

THE BASICS
4/4 Rhythm Patterns Lesson. Learn to wield the shuffle, boom-chuck, Bo Diddley beat, and other classic rhythm figures in 4/4 time. By Adam Perlmutter.

SHOPTALK
Make a New Nut. A guitar's nut may occasionally require replacement. Here's how to do the job yourself. By Erick Coleman.

PLAYLIST
Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm. By Mark Smith.
Ben Kweller, Changing Horses. By Celine Keating.
Gurf Morlix, Last Exit to Happyland. By Mark Smith.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, A Stranger Here. By Kenny Berkowitz.

WOODSHED
Guide Tones Lesson. Boil chord sounds down to their most important notes for minimalist rhythm and lyrical leads. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
Naked As We Came. Words and music by Sam Beam.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2008 Lance McCollum Jumbo. By Chris Herrod.