No. 148, April 2005

In His Life John Lennon's Words and Music Live On. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Equipment Picks: A brief rundown of John Lennon's favorite guitar gear.

Making the Changes
Exploring jazz education, from private lessons to music schools, workshops, and self-study. By Adam Levy.

Home Improvement
Advice from the pros on staying motivated and inspired. By Simone Solondz.

Summer Study Listings

AG LETTER
Mail. Letters from readers about latest albums from Robyn Hitchcock and Tony Rice, Feb. 2005's chrod progression lesson, Jill Sobule's Vagabond Travel Guitar, recording on the "cheap," sound-reinforcement "on the cheap" article suggestion, and more.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Songcraft
Anais Mitchell. Family politics, love, and music infuse the stunning Hymns for the Exiled. Vermont-based singer-songwriter details her new album. By Anand Nayak.
Equipment Picks: A detailed list of Mitchell's main guitar gear.

Rural Roots
David Jacobs-Strain. Blues wunderkind Jacobs-Strain talks about his playing/stylistic philosophies, as well as his albums Stuck on the Way Back and Ocean or a Teardrop. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Equipment Picks: Jacobs-Strain talks about his Traugott R guitar, as well as his miking and amplification setup.

Heroes
Amos Garrett. Seventies supersideman releases an acoustic gem. The electric-bluesman talks about stepping out on his rootsy new album The Amos Garrett Acoustic Album. By Chris Grampp.
Equipment Picks: Garrett details his Michael Heiden parlor guitar and other gear.

Happenings
Cut Off at the Roots. Gaelic Roots summer session cancelled but Irish World Music Center archives past performances.
Extra Freight. Open Strings Festival guitarists attempt to break world record for simultaneous performance.
In Memory. Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland, 1930-2004. Obituary on Nashville session ace who played with Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, and others.
In Memory. Son Seals, 1942-2004. Obituary on the Chicago bluesman who played with Earl Hooker, Robert Nighthawk, Albert King, and Hound Dog Taylor.
Scotty Moore Tribute. Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Albert Lee, Jeff Beck, and others honor former Elvis guitarist.
The Harmonious Craft. Northwest luthiers to display guitars April 23-24, 2005.

AG LETTER
From Dumaguete, Philippines. Acoustic Guitar reader Tommy Schultz details his adventures in the Peace Corp. and the custom guitar he commissioned from Filipino luthier Jun Reputana.

REVIEWS
Al Petteway and Amy White, Acoustic Journey. By Celine Keating.
Pete Huttlinger, The Santa Rita Connection. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Yonder Mountain String Band, Mountain Tracks, Vol. 3. By Celine Keating.
Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Goin' Home. By Ian Zack.
The Gourds, Blood of the Ram. By Judith Edelman.
Various Artists, Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Joe Rathbone, I Can Hear the Windows of Your Heart Breaking. By Drew Pearce.
Judy Collins, Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy. By Gary Joyner.
Ulli Bogershausen, Chocolate and Wine. By Teja Gerken.
Alan Jackson, What I Do. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Chad Johnson, The Best of Chet Atkins. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Michael Dregni, Django. By Dave McCarty.

GEARBOX
De Jonge Guitar Co.. Profile of Canadian luthier Sergei de Jonge and his family-run outfit.
Martin OMC-Aura. Teja Gerken reviews Martin's new collaboration with Fishman Transducers. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Lucida Guitarron. The Music Link now carries a line of Latin American instruments such as the LG-GR1 guitarron.
Pogreba Resonator Guitars. Luthier Larry Pogreba's unique reso guitars now available through Big Heart Slide company.
Stewart-MacDonald Campfire Mandolin Kit. Luthier supplier adds new entry-level mando kits to inventory.
Tascam DP-01FX. Tascam unveils affordable new eight-track hard-disk recorder with USB connectivity.
The Music Stamp Series. Music Stamp unveils two sizes of original chord-diagram stamp, as well as a new 13-fret fingerboard pattern and TAB stamps.

Q&A
Break Angle. Frank Ford helps a reader understand the term "break angle" as pertaining to nuts and bridges. By Frank Ford.
Connecting the Chords. Andrew DuBrock helps a reader learn how to fill-in notes between chords. By Andrew DuBrock.
Tuning 12-strings. Teja Gerken answers reader mail about tuning problems on a 12-string acoustic. By Teja Gerken.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Do the Shuffle. Chris Grampp gives an easy introduction to one of the most popular rhythms of all time. By Chris Grampp.
Embellishing Arpeggios. John Coco leads beginners through an easy, step-by-step process for learning and integrating arpeggios into their playing. By John Coco.

SONGBOOK
Lord Inchiquin/Sugaree. By Turlough O'Carolan/Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. Danny Carnahan teaches you how to fuse O'Carolan's Celtic music with the Grateful Dead in his witty combination of their compatible songs. By Danny Carnahan.

OFF THE RECORD
Washington Blues. Music by Elizabeth Cotten. Duck Baker deconstructs the legendary song from the blues trailblazer. By Duck Baker.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
John Lennon's Gibson J-160E. We detail the acoustic that the pop icon relied upon time and time again throughout his career. By Shawn Hammond.

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