October 1999 (Issue No. 82)

AG 082 October 1999 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Norman Blake interview. Acoustic amps. Dave Alvin interview. Profiles of Danielle Howle and Vinicius Cantuaria. Sharon Isbin remembers Joaquin Rodrigo. Letter from the American School of Lutherie. Cheryl Wheeler interview. John Gorka on home recording. Classical luthier Robert Ruck. Lessons on alternating-bass fingerpicking and blues turnarounds. Music from Django Reinhardt.

Featured Songs

Church Street Blues - Norman Blake

Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli

Tall Treees - Dave Alvin

Rainy Road into Atlanta - Cheryl Wheeler

Jesse James - Traditional, arranged by Ken Perlman

In This Issue

RURAL ROOTS
The gospel according to Norman Blake. By Scott Nygaard.

LOUD AND CLEAR
What's new in acoustic amps.  By Teja Gerken.

CALIFORNIA DREAMER
Ex-Blaster Dave Alvin evokes the dark side of the Golden State.  By Steve Boisson.

JUMP STREET
Quiet Howle. Profile of singer-songwriter Danielle Howle. By Karen Iris Tucker.
Remembering Rodrigo. In memory of Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. By Sharon Isbin.
Nova Bossa. Profile of Brazilian guitarist and songwriter Vinicius Cantuária. By Kenny Berkowitz.
On the Mountain. A CD of traditional music by Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, and John Herrmann was inspired by Charles Frazier's novel "Cold Mountain". By Sue Thompson.

AG LETTER
From a Guitar-Making School. Marshall Newman learns how to build an acoustic archtop in Bob Benedetto's American School of Lutherie course. By Marshall Newman.

REVIEWS

Playing in the Band. A new Jerry Garcia biography gets down to the music. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Out on a Limb. Roots-music adventures with Kelly Joe Phelps. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Words of Wisdom. A new book shows you how to make the most of practice time. By Kristina Olsen.

HIT LIST
Adrian Legg, Fingers and Thumbs. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Ben Swift Band, Chimpanzee. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Colin Reid. Colin Reid. By Gary Joyner.
JosĂ© Serrano and Antonio "El Aguajetas," Two Cries of Freedom. By Stephen Dick.
Rob Ickes, Slide City. By David McCarty.
Various Artists: Mali to Memphis. By Danny Carnahan.
David Raphaelson with Salvatore Salvaggio, Moonlight Reverie: 19th-Century Music for Guitar.  By Michael John Simmons.
Doc and Richard Watson, Third Generation Blues. By Shelton Clark.
Tara Nevins, Mule to Ride. By Scott Nygaard.
The Mollys, Moon over the Interstate. By Steve Givens.

SONG CRAFT
Wheeler's Fortune. Cheryl Wheeler combines wit and wisdom on stage and on record. By Todd Ellison.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Gorka on Track. John Gorka's home studio and recording tips for singer-songwriters. By John Gorka.
Homegrown CD Awards. Introducing Acoustic Guitar's Homegrown CD Awards: information and entry form.

GEARBOX
Profile. Robert Ruck. Profile of innovative classical guitar luthier Robert Ruck. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

SHOPTALK
Finishing School. What kinds of finishes are used on guitars, and how to take care of them. By Frank Ford.

DEAR AG
Cross-Tuned Mandolins. Alternate tunings and split-string techniques for mandolins. By Paul Kotapish.
Setting up an Open Mic. How to organize and run an open mic performance. By Teja Gerken.
Scalloped Fingerboards. History and advantages of scalloped fingerboards. By Rick Turner.
Tip Sheet. Pick Retrieval. Getting a dropped pick out of your guitar's soundhole. 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Alternating Bass Fingerpicking. Basics. Learning to play an alternating bass line with scales and the melody to "Jesse James". By Ken Perlman.
Fingerstyle Technique. Blues Turnarounds. Learning blues turnaround licks in the keys of C, G, D, A, and E. By David Hamburger.

OFF THE RECORD
Minor Swing. Transcription of Django Reinhardt's solo on the Gypsy-jazz standard "Minor Swing". By Scott Nygaard.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Martin 00-45 and Style E. Matched deluxe Martin 00-45 guitar and style E mandolin. By Scott Nygaard.

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