May 1995 (Issue No. 30)

AG 030 May/June 1995 Cover
 

Interviews with Nanci Griffith, Stefan Grossman, and Chris Smither. Sergio, Odair, and Badi Assad on the development of their guitar technique. The new masters of Hawaiian slack key. Lessons on ear training and how to learn songs from your favorite recordings. 1970 Ramirez flamenco guitar.

Featured Songs

Anything You Need but Me - Nanci Griffith

Whee Ha Swing - Sonny Chllingworth, arranged by Ledward Kaapana

Love You Like a Man - Chris Smither

Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged by David Winters

In This Issue

HOME AT LAST
By honing her craft and sticking to her vision, Nanci Griffith has found a place for her polished brand of country-folk. By Roger Deitz.

KEEPING ALOHA ALIVE
Hawaii's modern masters of slack-key guitar are breathing new life into a once endangered art. By Russell Letson.

CARRYING THE TORCH
Country blues historian Stefan Grossman has helped to define, shape, and chronicle fingerstyle guitar for generations of players.  By Dale Miller.

WHAT'S BRED IN THE BONE
From Bach to bossa nova, Gershwin to Ginastera, the Assad family brings to life the musical rainbow of Brazil. By Scott Cmiel.

DEPARTMENTS

JUMP STREET
Reviews of albums by Robert Earl Keen, Steve Howe, the Rice Brothers, Greg Brown, and Chris Thile.

AG LETTER
Letter from Austin. By Rob Patterson.

WOOD CHOPS
Off the Record. How to pick up tunes from your favorite recordings. By Lenny Carlson.

SHOPTALK
Acoustic Cul-De-Sacs. Nonmainstream guitar design. By Michael Wright.

SONG CRAFT

Shades of Blue. The songs of fingerstyle ace Chris Smither rock back to the roots. By Bryan Powell.

BEGINNERS
Training Your Ears. Ear-training basics. By Mark Hanson.

REVIEWS
MTV's Unplugged collection; Julian Bream retrospective. 

SOLO
"Moonlight Sonata." By David Winters.

DEAR AG
Django Reinhardt's tremolo; problems with a guitar's G string; low-cost drum machines; Sharon Isbin on technique; zero frets. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1970 Ramirez flamenco. By Rick Turner.

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