May 2010 (Issue No. 209)

AG 209 May 2010

Issue Highlights

Brandi Carlile on her album Give Up the Ghost. How to make professional-looking videos on YouTube. Profile on Breedlove Guitars. Six songs to play, including "I Still Miss Someone" by Johnny Cash. Fingerstyle lesson with Adam Rafferty. Gear reviews for the Bedell TB-28-G Performance Series dreadnought, Gretsch G100CE, and three capos. How to edit your tracks digitally. 30-minute lesson on approach notes. Sus chord basics. Profile on Batson Guitars. Reharmonize a melody. And more!

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

YouTube

YouTube

Breedlove

Breedlove

Featured Songs

I Still Miss Someone - Johnny Cash

Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - Traditional, arr. by Kirk Hamilton

Dreams - Brandi Carlile

Amazing Grace - Traditional, arr. by Travis John Andrews

Jackson - Lucinda Williams

In This Issue

BRANDI CARLILE
The singer-songwriter turned to vintage archtops for a heavy acoustic sound on her latest album, Give Up the Ghost. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

RECORDING YOUTUBE VIDEOS
With an affordable camera, attention to details like lighting and backgrounds, and a little imagination, you can reach a global audience with appealing, professional-looking videos of your music. By Doug Young.

BREEDLOVE GUITARS PROFILE
How Breedlove Guitars has grown from the dream of two luthiers to one of the most successful mid-size manufacturers in America. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
I Still Miss Someone. Words and music by Johnny Cash and Roy Cash, Jr. By Andrew DuBrock.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Wake Me Up When September Ends. Words by Billie Joe, music by Green Day. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Adam Rafferty. The funky fingerstylist and YouTube phenom discusses his pursuit of a solid groove. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
Bedell TB-28-G Performance Series Review. Bedell's new spruce-and-rosewood dreadnought. Guitar has MAP price of $1,250. By Charles Saufley.
Gretsch G100CE Archtop Review. An affordable acoustic-electric archtop with deco style and a sweet sound. By Scott Nygaard.
Three New Capos Reviewed. The Kyser K-Levers, Paige Clik, and SpiderCapo capos reviewed. By Doug Young.

IN THE STORES

HERE'S HOW
Digital Editing Tips. Put your computer to work to create awesome-sounding tracks with ease. By Mitch Gallagher.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Approach Notes Lesson. Learn to step outside the notes of a song's key to spice up your musical ideas on the acoustic guitar. By Kirk Hamilton.

THE BASICS
Learn to Play Sus Chords. Learn how to add texture and movement to songs by applying simple embellishments to chords you already know.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Batson Guitars Profile. A fascination with engineering guides the Nashville-based Batson brothers in the pursuit of a richer-sounding acoustic guitar. By Charles Saufley.

PLAYLIST
John Jorgenson Quintet, One Stolen Night. By Phil Catalfo.
Johnny Cash, Ain't No Grave. By Mark Smith.
Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence. By Celine Keating.
Randy Kohrs, Quicksand. By Kenny Berkowitz.

WOODSHED
Reharmonize a Melody. Learn how to change the voices underneath a melody for unique acoustic guitar arrangments. By Travis John Andrews.

SONGBOOK
Jackson. Words and music by Lucinda Williams. By Jon Chappell.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1930s Prairie State. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter.