December 2009 (Issue No. 204)

AG 204 December 2009

Issue Highlights

Dave Matthews interview. 30 ways to improve your tone. How to give your guitar a makeover. Lessons on fingerstyle blues, partial chord shapes, and the Mixolydian mode. Martin D-1 and Yamaha LLX16 reviewed. Spotlight on jazz guitarist Julian Lage and luthier Dave Wendler.

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews

Improve Your Tone

Improve Your Tone

Guitar Makeover

Guitar Makeover

Featured Songs

Night Moves - Bob Seger

Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall

You and Me - Dave Matthews

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard

Partial Advice - Dan Apczynski

Pick and Mix - Adam Perlmutter

In This Issue

DAVE MATTHEWS

The reluctant acoustic guitar hero talks about his fascination with rhythmic patterns and crafting Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. By Dan Apczynski.

30 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR TONE
Improve your fretting-hand, flatpicking, and fingerstyle tone with these tips and techniques. By Scott Nygaard and McGowan.

GUITAR MAKEOVER
How simple tweaks can make the guitar you already own play and sound better than ever. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Night Moves. Words and music by Bob Seger.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. Words and music by KT Tunstall. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Mary Flower. The fingerstyle blues guitarist discusses alternate tunings and what fuels her offbeat compositions. By Orville Johnson.

NEW GEAR
Yamaha LLX16 Guitar Review. Mid-price all-solid-wood flattop acoustic-electric. By Andrew DuBrock.
Martin D-1 Guitar Review. Affordable spruce-top, solid-wood dreadnought has volume and punch to spare. By Nicole Solis.
DigiTech TimeBender Review. Powerful, compact delay pedal that lets you create unique delay patterns and intelligent harmonies. By Shawn Hammond.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Julian Lage. On Sounding Point, the jazz guitar prodigy keeps company with bluegrassers Chris Thile and Béla Fleck. By Joe DeFranceschi.
 30-MINUTE LESSON
Master a Tricky Section. Learn a helpful practice technique for confronting difficult pieces of guitar music. By Kirk Hamilton.

THE BASICS
Partial Chord Shapes Lesson. Pare down guitar chord shapes you know for great-sounding results (that are often easier to play). By Dan Apczynski.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Wendler Instruments Profile. Kansas City luthier Dave Wendler specializes in electric guitars with an acoustic voice. By Andy Volk.

GUITAR PRO: CREATE
Jill Sobule Profile. How the pop-folk songsmith Jill Sobule turned to creative financing for her latest CD, California Years. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PLAYLIST
Chris Smither, Time Stands Still. By Derk Richardson.
Guy Clark, Somedays the Song Writes You. By Mike Thomas.
Kris Kristofferson, Closer to the Bone. By Shaun Hague.
Robert Earl Keen, The Rose Hotel. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11. By Dan Apczynski.
Tom Russell, Blood and Candle Smoke. By Celine Keating.

WOODSHED
Mixolydian Mode Lesson. Use your guitar to explore the popular and expressive fifth mode of the major scale. By Adam Perlmutter.

SONGBOOK
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2009 Custom Santa Cruz. By Richard Johnston.

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