January 2010 (Issue No. 205)
John Fogerty on his album The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. SĂ©rgio Assad talks about his background, composing on the guitar, and teaching. Seven traditionally-built, student-level classical guitars reviewed. Seven songs to play, including "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. Flamenco and classical lesson with Adam del Monte. Player spotlight on David Russell. How to mix yourself onstage by working a mic and/or using boost pedals. 30-minute lesson on pedal tones. Learn how guitar warranties work and what they cover. Build your playing speed. And more!
- John Prine
Before He Cheats
- Carrie Underwood
- Adam Perlmutter
Change in the Weather
- John Fogerty
Old Palm Tree
- SĂ©rgio Assad
- Sean McGowan
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. by Michael Fix
In This Issue
After rekindling his music with years of woodshedding on guitar, the former Creedence Clearwater revival front man celebrates classic country and folk on The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Known for his groundbreaking classical guitar duo with his brother, Odair, Brazilian classical virtuoso SĂ©rgio Assad talks about his background, composing for the guitar, and teaching. By Doug Young.
SEVEN CLASSICAL GUITARS REVIEWED
Acoustic Guitar reviews seven classical guitars ranging in price from $299 to $2,900. By Teja Gerken.
Paradise. Words and music by John Prine.
Before He Cheats. Words and music by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins.
Adam del Monte. The flamenco and classical guitarist describes how he blends tradition, influences, and experimentation. By Stephen Dick.
Veillette Parlor 14-Inch Review. A custom-built acoustic-electric six-string. By Charles Saufley.
L.R. Baggs Venue Acoustic Guitar Preamp/DI Review. A multifunction preamp/DI that includes a powerful five-band EQ, notch filter, chromatic tuner, and volume-boost switch. By Doug Young.
David Russell. The Grammy-winning classical guitarist releases his first album of contemporary music. By Mark Small.
Onstage Dynamics. How to mix yourself onstage by working a mic and/or using boost pedals. By Scott Nygaard.
Pedal Tones Lesson. Experiment with this interesting compositional device to bring extra tension into your music. By Lee Spivey.
Dominant Seventh Chords Lesson. Explore the sounds and possibilities of the expressive (and important) dominant seventh chord. By Adam Perlmutter.
All About Manufacturer's Warranties. Learn how guitar warranties work and what they cover. By Charlie Hoffman.
CD or No CD. CD Baby's founder Derek Sivers on whether to make CD or offer downloads only. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
John Gorka, So Dark You See. By Mike Thomas.
Patty Loveless, Mountain Soul II. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Build Your Playing Speed. Develop a routine for findingâ€”and increasingâ€”your maximum picking speed for up-tempo pieces. By Sean McGowan.
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Learn to play Michael Fix's steel-string guitar arrangement of this Mozart classic. By Michael Fix.
2009 Matthias Dammann Classical. By Teja Gerken.