No. 136, April 2004

Her Best Day
Rickie Lee Jones is singing (and writing) again, about politics, love, and her new life in southern California. By Paul Zollo.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Rickie Lee Jones.

Guitar Matrix
Is digital technology the future of amplified acoustic sound? By Teja Gerken.

Summer Study 2004
Our annual guide to camps and workshops around the world.

Bluegrass Boot Camp
Taking risks is the fastest way to learn. By Nicole Solis.

Hawaiian Holiday
Learning slack-key from the masters. By Brian Kluepfel.

LETTERS
Mail. Reader letters about left-handed guitars, capos, fingernail shapes, and the AG Cruise.

JUMP STREET
Destiny's Voice. Profile of Portuguese fado singer Mariza. By Derk Richardson.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Mariza's bandmembers Luis Guerreiro and Antonio Netto.

Character Study. Profile of singer-songwriter Rosie Thomoas. By Nicole Solis.
Highway 61 Visited. Profile of Frank and Eddie Thomas and their Angels on the Backroads project and recordings. By Michael John Simmons.

Happenings
Events. News about MerleFest and the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest.
New Releases. News about Guitar Method, Vol. 1 CD-ROM and Julian Bream DVD.
Contests. News about 2004 USA Songwriting Competition and Song the Year Contest.
In Memory. Brief obituaries of Speedy West and Gary Stewart.

REVIEWS
Tunes for All Ages. Four rootsy children's recordings that parents will love. Reviews of children's CDs by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, James K, Trout Fishing in America, and Dan Zanes and Friends. By Mike Thomas.

Hit List
Blind Willie McTell, Statesboro Blues. By Duck Baker.
David Mallett, Artist in Me. By Mike Thomas.
John Reischman and John Miller, Bumpy Road. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
K. J. Denhart, 'Girl Like Me'. By Derk Richardson.
Patty Loveless, On Your Way Home. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Rosa Passos and Ron Carter, Entre Amigos. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
David Grisman, Life of Sorrow. By Sue Thompson.
Various Artists, Legends of the Ukulele: Hawaiian Masters. By Michael John Simmons.
Scott Perry, Hero Worship. By Ian Zack.
Strunz and Farah, Rio de Colores and In Performance. By Celine Keating.

SONG CRAFT
Poetic Justice. Profile of singer-songwriter Darrell Scott, interviewed about his CD 'Theatre of the Unheard' and song "Full Light". By Craig Havighurst.
Equipment Picks: Darrell Scott's guitars and gear.

GEARBOX
Profile. William R. Cumpiano. Profile of Northampton, Massachusetts-based luthier William R. Cumpiano. By Simone Solondz.
Review. Ultrasound Ultra PDI. Ultrasounds new preamp/DI box, the Ultra PDI. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Carvin FX2. Carvin's new multieffects unit, FX2.
Gefell M300 Stero Microphone Package. Gefell M300 Stero Microphone Package with small-diaphragm condensor mics with cardioid pickup pattern.
Gibson Hound Dog 60 Dobro. Gibson announces the Hound Dog 60 Dobro resonator guitar from its Original Acoustic Instruments division.
SwirlyGig. SwirlyGig Industries makes a cup holder for use on gigs.

SHOPTALK
Neck Relief. Repairing classical necks warped by het, string tension, or age. Ways to repair warped necks on classical guitars. By Frank Ford.

Q&A
Tortoise Tones. Modern alternatives to tortoiseshell for picks, and recycling old tortoiseshell collectibles. By Jim Nunally.
Ch-ch-ch-changes. Advice on ways to practice chord changes. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Grain Runout. An explanation of what grain runout is in the tonewoods used for guitar tops, and whether or not if affects tone. By Frank Ford.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Flatpicking Fiddle Tunes (Part One of Two). Tips on flatpicking fiddle tunes. By Scott Nygaard.
Fingerstyle Techniques. Banjo-Style Guitar. Applying banjo-style fingerpicking styles and patterns to the guitar. By Craig Dobbins.
GREAT ACOUSTICS
Martin Double-Neck Prototype. Martin's one-of-a-kind double-neck six-string/12-string acoustic steel-string guitar build by Danny Brown in 2000. By Teja Gerken.

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