November 1999 (Issue No. 83)

AG 083 November 1999 Cover

Gear Special

How to shop for you first good instrument. Nylon-string guitar guide. Inside guitar factories. New gear from Summer NAMM. Ron Sexmith, Jim Hurst, and Dennis Kamakahi profiled. Lessons in Travis-style arranging and modal chord voicings. How to adjust your action. Peter Mulvey interview. Robert Johnson books reviewed. Music from Doc Watson. Letter from Lilith Fair.

Featured Songs

Crawdad Song - Doc Watson

If Love Is Not Enough - Peter Mulvey

Jesse James - Traditional, arranged by Ken Perlman

In This Issue

YOUR NEXT GUITAR
How to shop for your first good instrument. By Richard Johnston.

A GUIDE TO NYLON-STRING GUITARS
Understanding classical, flamenco, jazz, and acoustic-electric models. By Stephen Dick and Dan Zeff.

FACTORY TOUR
Behind the scenes at Martin, Taylor, Ovation, and other top companies. By Teja Gerken.

COMING ATTRACTIONS
Hot new gear introduced at the summer NAMM show. By Teja Gerken.

JUMP STREET
Parsons Project. Various artists pay tribute to the late country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons on Return of the Grievous Angel. By Roger Len Smith.
Wistful Thinking. Profile of pop singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith. By Karen Iris Tucker.
Double Play. Profile of fingerstyle and bluegrass guitarist Jim Hurst and bassist Missy Raines. By Chris Lewis.
Reef Rebel. Profile of Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Dennis Kamakahi. By Russell Letson.

AG LETTER
From Lilith. Letter from on stage at the Lilith Fair. By Deborah Pardes.

REVIEWS

Chasing the Blues. New books and a CD-ROM examine factual and fictional aspects of blues legend Robert Johnson's life and music. By Michael John Simmons.
New Classics.Review of three great classical guitar recordings by the Amadeus Duo, Paul Galbraith, and the Schmidt Verdery Duo. By Mark L. Small.

HIT LIST
Catie Curtis, A Crash Course in Roses. By Scott Nygaard.
Darrell Scott, Family Tree. By Rani Arbo.
Perla Batalla, Mestiza. By Steve Givens.
Sean Whelan, End of Autumn. By Julie Bergman.
Todd Hallawell, Before My Time. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Various artists, Every Road I Take: The Best of Contemporary Acoustic Blues. By David Gold.
Apostolos Paraskevas, Visions of Azure. By Stephen Dick.
Dave Moore, Breaking Down to 3. By Steve Givens.
Janet Klein, Come into My Parlor. By Michael John Simmons.
Joseph Sobol, Citternalia. By Art Edelstein.

SONG CRAFT
Up from the Underground. From folk to funk to fingerstyle, Peter Mulvey finds his own groove. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Your First Session. How to get started as a studio guitarist. By David Hamburger.

SHOPTALK
Action Hero. How to improve a guitar's setup, tone, and action by adjusting the truss rod, nut, and saddle. By Harry Fleishman.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Travis-Style Arranging. Developing simple alternating-bass fingerstyle arrangements in the style of Merle Travis. By Ken Perlman.
Modal Chord Voicings. Accompaniment ideas using root-fifth and suspended modal chord voicings. By Dylan Schorer.

OFF THE RECORD
Crawdad Song. Music to Doc Watson's arrangement of the "Crawdad Song." By Dix Bruce.

DEAR AG
Thumb Rolls. Blind Blake's fingerstyle thumb roll technique. By Steve James.
Nylon-String Pickups. Choosing and installing pickups in a nylon-string guitar. By Teja Gerken.
Smelly Guitar Case. Getting rid of musty smells in an old guitar case. By Rick Turner.
Tip Sheet. Homemade strap lock. Plastic bread bag closer makes ideal strap lock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Pogreba Resophonic. Larry Pogreba's resophonic guitar incorporates a vintage hubcap. By Ben Elder