February 1998 (Issue No. 62)

AG 062 February 1998
 

Songwriting and the Guitar. A look at the history of the American mandolin. The blues of Corey Harris. Interviews with Mary Flower, Janis Ian, Julian Dawson, and Oscar Lopez. Lessons on using bass notes wisely and playing up-the-neck chords. Benedetto Il Palissando archtop.

Featured Songs

High Fever Blues - Corey Harris

At Seventeen - Janis Ian

Jesse James - Traditional, arranged by Larry Sandberg

The Little Stream of Whiskey - Traditional, arranged by Ken Perlman

Turkish March - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by David Winters

In This Issue

SONGWRITING AND THE GUITAR
How top singer-songwriters use their axes to find their muse. By Paul Zollo.

THE AMERICAN MANDOLIN
How the mandolin--and its partner, the guitar--traveled through the heart of American music. By Richard Johnston.

LIVING BLUES
Corey Harris lights a fire under the tradition. By Kermit Pattison.

DEPARTMENTS

JUMP STREET
Oscar Lopez; Julian Dawson; Mary Flower; in memory of John Denver and Tommy Comeaux. 

REVIEWS
Albums by Cliff Bruner and His Texas Wanderers, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Ron Sexsmith, the Manhattan Guitar Duo, Joe Pass, and Lenny Breau.

AG LETTER
Letter from Baggage Claim. By Carol Mallett Rifkin.

SONG CRAFT
Survival of the Fittest. The ever-evolving guitar playing and songwriting of Janis Ian. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
SHOPTALK

Virtual Guitar. How a D-28 became a 12-string National, and other tales from the brave new world of the Roland VG-8. By Marty Cutler.

NEW GEAR
Axys reversible slide; BackAxe; SansAmp acoustic DI. 

BEGINNERS
Using bass notes wisely. By Larry Sandberg.

WOOD CHOPS
Up-the-neck chords. By Ken Perlman.

SOLO
Turkish March. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by David Winters. 

DEAR AG
Snuffy Walden; switching string gauges; preserving the finish of guitars with pinless bridges; measuring humidity.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Benedetto Il Palissandro. By Charles H. Chapman.

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