July 2009 (Issue No. 199)

AG 199 July 2009

Issue Highlights

Bruce Cockburn lesson. Martin Guitar history. Lessons in singing and playing at the same time, chord-melody arranging, and using multiple capos. Profiles of singer-songwriter Mason Jennings and McKnight Guitars. Takamine LTD 2006 guitar and Ultrasound amp reviewed. How to get the most out of a handheld digital recorder.

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn

Martin Guitar History

Martin Guitar History

Featured Songs

Hey Hey What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin

Hard Times Come Again No More - Stephen Foster

Sweet Jane - The Velvet Underground

Last Night of the World - Bruce Cockburn

Picture - Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock

When the Saints Go Marching In - Traditional

In This Issue

BRUCE COCKBURN LESSON
An inside tour of Cockburn's brilliant one-man-band guitar style. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

MARTIN GUITAR HISTORY REVISITED
Rewriting Mike Longworth's classic book reveals how the company's inexpensive guitars, ukes, and mandolins—more than today's legendary, collectible models—helped the guitar giant weather economic hard times. By Richard Johnston

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Sweet Jane. Words and music by Lou Reed.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Picture. Words and music by R.J. Ritchie and Sheryl Crow.

PRIVATE LESSON
Trace Bundy. The emerging fingerstyle guitarist illustrates the limitless possibilities of using multiple capos. By Doug Young

NEW GEAR
Takamine LTD 2009 Review. Vintage looks, modern playability, and advanced electronics result in a great stage guitar. By Pete Madsen
UltraSound Pro-250 Amp Review. Powerful combo amp with punch and tone-shaping potential. By Charles Saufley

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Mason Jennings. How the singer-songwriter revitalized his songwriting by retreating to the woods with two mics and a laptop. By Drew Pearce

HERE'S HOW
Handheld Digital Recorders. 13 ways to make the most of your portable digital recorder. By Mitch Gallagher

THE BASICS
Singing While Playing Lesson. Learn to put your guitar and voice together to play and sing your favorite songs. By Andrew DuBrock

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
McKnight Guitars Profile. Ohio-based luthier specializes in steel-strings with innovative double tops. By Ron Forbes-Roberts

WOODSHED
Make a Chord-Melody Arrangement. Use this process to start arranging multiple parts on one guitar. By Brian Moran

SONGBOOK
Hey Hey What Can I Do. Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1966 Epiphone Texan. By Derek See