January 2010 (Issue No. 205)

AG 205 January 2010 Cover
 

Classical Focus

John Fogerty on his album The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. Sérgio 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!

Featured Songs

Paradise - John Prine

Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood

Dominant Thoughts - Adam Perlmutter

Change in the Weather - John Fogerty

Old Palm Tree - Sérgio Assad

Cimarron Rapids - Sean McGowan

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. by Michael Fix

In This Issue

JOHN FOGERTY
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 AgainBy Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SÉRGIO ASSAD
Known for his groundbreaking classical guitar duo with his brother, Odair, Brazilian classical virtuoso Sérgio 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.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Paradise. Words and music by John Prine.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Before He Cheats. Words and music by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins.

PRIVATE LESSON
Adam del Monte. The flamenco and classical guitarist describes how he blends tradition, influences, and experimentation. By Stephen Dick.

NEW GEAR
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.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
David Russell. The Grammy-winning classical guitarist releases his first album of contemporary music. By Mark Small.

HERE'S HOW
Onstage Dynamics. How to mix yourself onstage by working a mic and/or using boost pedals. By Scott Nygaard.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Pedal Tones Lesson. Experiment with this interesting compositional device to bring extra tension into your music. By Lee Spivey.

THE BASICS
Dominant Seventh Chords Lesson. Explore the sounds and possibilities of the expressive (and important) dominant seventh chord. By Adam Perlmutter. 

SHOPTALK
All About Manufacturer's Warranties. Learn how guitar warranties work and what they cover. By Charlie Hoffman.

GUITAR PRO
CD or No CD. CD Baby's founder Derek Sivers on whether to make CD or offer downloads only. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PLAYLIST
John Gorka, So Dark You SeeBy Mike Thomas.
Patty Loveless, Mountain Soul IIBy Kenny Berkowitz.

WOODSHED
Build Your Playing Speed. Develop a routine for finding—and increasing—your maximum picking speed for up-tempo pieces. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Learn to play Michael Fix's steel-string guitar arrangement of this Mozart classic. By Michael Fix.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2009 Matthias Dammann Classical. By Teja Gerken.