August 2010 (Issue No. 212)

AG 212 August 2010 Cover

Issue Highlights

Gypsy-jazz lesson with John Jorgenson. Jakob Dylan talks about his 2010 solo album, the Clash, and songwriting. What happens to a guitar's sound as it ages. Chord voicings lesson with Dennis Cahill. Gear reviews for the McPherson MG-5.0 XP 12, LÂG Tramontane 300DCE, and Roland AC-33 acoustic amplifier. Master guitarists give classic silent films new acoustic guitar scores. Minor-pentatonic scale lesson. How to upgrade or replace stock electronics. Cross-picking variations lesson. And more!

John Jorgenson

John Jorgenson

Jakob Dylan

Jakob Dylan

Better with Age

Better with Age

Featured Songs

California Stars - Wilco and Billy Bragg

House Carpenter - Traditional, arr. by Travis John Andrews

Red on Red - John Jorgenson

Nothing but the Whole Wide World - Jakob Dylan

Listen to the Mockingbird - Traditional, arr. by Scott Nygaard

New Speedway Boogie - Grateful Dead

In This Issue

JOHN JORGENSON LESSON
Learn the essentials of Gypsy-jazz guitar with the US's foremost exponent of Django Reinhardt's music. By Andy Ellis.

JAKOB DYLAN
The Wallflowers front man talks about his new solo album, the Clash, and how some acoustic guitars seem to have songs waiting in them. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

WHY DO GUITARS SOUND BETTER AS THEY AGE?
Most guitarists and luthiers agree that guitars "open up" and change as they're played. Here are some of the things that happen to a guitar as it ages. By Richard Johnston.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
California Stars. Wilco and Billy Bragg.
House Carpenter. Traditional, arranged by Travis John Andrews.

PRIVATE LESSON
Dennis Cahill. A lesson in subtle chord voicings from a master of the contemporary Celtic groove. By Danny Carnahan.

NEW GEAR
McPherson MG-5.0 XP 12 Review. A futuristic 12-string with powerful tone. By Doug Young.
LÂG Tramontane 300DCE Review. A French-designed acoustic-electric dreadnought with warm acoustic tones and flexible proprietary electronics. By Scott Nygaard.
Roland AC-33 Acoustic Guitar Amplifier Review. A feature-laden amplifier with a clean, acoustic sound that is very lightweight and portable. By Ruth Parry.

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
The Silent Treatment. During this past winter's New York Guitar Festival, master guitarists gave classic silent films new acoustic guitar scores. By Adam Perlmutter.

THE BASICS
Soloing with Pentatonic Scales. Give your scales a bluesy sound by using the minor pentatonic scale, or a southern-rock sound by using the major pentatonic scale. By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
Upgrading Older Electronics. How to improve an older acoustic-electric by upgrading or replacing stock electronics. By Brian Michael.

PLAYLIST
Andy McKee, Joyland. By Doug Young.
Carrie Rodriguez, Love and Circumstance. By Celine Keating.
Crooked Still, Some Strange Country. By Michael Lohr.
David Russell, Sonidos Latinos. By Mark Small.
Jack Johnson, To the Sea. By Drew Pearce.
Otis Taylor, Clovis People, Vol. 3. By Ian Zack.

WOODSHED
Cross-Picking Lesson. Learn the traditional cross-picking pattern and several variations useful for bringing melodies to life. By Scott Nygaard.

SONGBOOK
New Speedway Boogie. Dropped-D Tuning rendition of Grateful Dead song. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1974 Gibson SJ Deluxe. By Teja Gerken.