September 2009 (Issue No. 201)

AG 201 September 2009 Cover

Issue Highlights

Lloyd Loar's Legacy. Start playing mandolin, banjo or resophonic guitar. Harvey Reid's traditional "Song Train" project. Lessons in nylon-string jazz, fretting-hand finger placement, and percussive effects like two-hand tapping. National W-Series Triolian and Genz-Benz acoustic amp reviewed. Profile of Sarah Jarosz. Pat Metheny/Linda Manzer collaboration.

Lloyd Loar's Legacy

Lloyd Loar's Legacy

The Song Train

The Song Train

Featured Songs

San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers In Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie

Karma Police - Radiohead

Handsome Molly - Traditional, arranged by Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen

John Henry - Traditional, arranged by Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen

Little Maggie - Traditional, arranged by Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen

Sinner Man - Traditional, arranged by Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen

The Cuckoo - Traditional, arranged by Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen

Jesse James - Traditional, arranged by Orville Johnson

First Taps - Thomas Leeb

Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie - John Hartford

In This Issue

THE SONG TRAIN
Harvey Reid's new project spreads songs the old-fashioned way, by ear and through inspired performances. Learn six two-chord songs in minutes. By Scott Nygaard.

START PLAYING MANDO, RESO, AND BANJO
Lessons for guitarists who want to start playing a second (or third or fourth) instrument. By Orville Johnson.

LOAR'S LEGACY
Lloyd Loar's pioneering Style 5 Master Model instruments, including the Gibson L-5 archtop guitar and F-5 mandolin, had a lasting influence on everything from bluegrass to rock 'n' roll. By Walter Carter.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). Words and Music by John Phillips. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Karma Police. Words and Music by Thomas Yorke, Jonathan Greenwood, Philip Selway, Colin Greenwood, and Edward O'Brien (Radiohead).

PRIVATE LESSON
Ken Hatfield. The nylon-string jazz guitarist discusses the importance of learning to play in every key. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR
National Reso-Phonic W-Series Triolian Review. A re-creation of a classic resonator guitar. By Pete Madsen.

Ovation iDea Review. Affordable guitar with a built-in MP3 recorder/player  makes a great audio scratchpad and learning tool. By Adam Perlmutter.

Genz-Benz SHEN-CPK-10T Amp Review. Powerful, compact, and clean-sounding amp from an acoustic-amp pioneer. By Bill Horvitz.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Sarah Jarosz. Having mastered the guitar, mandolin, and banjo, the young bluegrass prodigy has called upon heavy hitters such as Chris Thile and Tim O'Brien for her debut album. By Kenny Berkowitz.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Reading Music. Learn to understand the language of music by breaking the goal into half-hour practice sessions. By Sean McGowan.

THE BASICS
Fretting-Hand Finger Placement. Use (or bend!) these simple rules when deciding how best to fret unfamiliar chords. By Dan Apczynski.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Linda Manzer Pat Metheny Signature 6. Lutherie and jazz-guitar superstars collaborate on an exclusive instrument. By Teja Gerken.

GUITAR PRO: RECORD
How to Prepare for a Recording Session. Get your arrangements, technique, and gear ready. By Doug Young.

WOODSHED
Two-Handed Tapping Lesson. Get both hands on the fretboard with this primer on tapping, slapping, and other percussive effects. By Thomas Leeb.

SONGBOOK
Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie. Music and lyrics by John Hartford.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1998 John Zeidler Dreadnought. By Charles Saufley