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No. 113, May 2002

Expect the Unexpected
Bill Frisell's guitar finds melodies to sing in every corner of the musical world. By Scott Nygaard.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Bill Frisell.

Grand Slam
After 40-odd years as a soloist and collaborator, jazz guitar icon Jim Hall continues to break new ground. By Dan Ouellette.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Jim Hall.

Nylon & Steel
Genre-bending guitarists bridge the gap between classical and steel-string fingerstyle. By Scott Cmiel.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Benjamin Verdery and William Coulter.

Mail. Reader letters.

Lost in Space. Jazz adventurer Marc Ribot demonstrates his avant-garde approach to jazz classics on his new album, Saints. By Bill Milkowski.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Marc Ribot.

John Jackson, 1924-2002. Obituary on American roots and blues guitarist John Jackson. By Steve James.
Appetite for Music. Folk-pop singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst's new album, Five Stories, displays her storytelling and multi-instrumental abilities. By Julie Bergman.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Kris Delmhorst.

In Memory
Two for the Road. Flatpickers Beppe Gambetta and Dan Crary overcame many obstacles to record their new live CD, Synergia. By David McCarty.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta.

I Wanna Play Your Guitar. The new book, Beatles Gear, provides comprehensive information and photographs of the Fab Four's guitars and equipment. By James Bradbury.
Flamenco Flavors. A review of four flamenco CDs by Spanish musicians who balance traditional and modern influences. By Stephen Dick.

Hit List
Kenny Sultan, West Coast Blues. By Ian Zack.
Los Super Seven, Canto; Raul Malo, Today. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Luka Bloom, Between the Mountain and the Moon. By Karen Iris Tucker.
Sylvia Herold, A Mockingbird Sings in California. By Rani Arbo.
The Country Gentlemen, On the Road (and More). By Sue Thompson.
Carl Verheyen, Solo Guitar Improvisation. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Josh Rouse, Under Cold Blue Stars. By Drew Pearce.
Rayna Gellert, Ways of the World. By Rani Arbo.
Duck Baker, Fingerstyle Swing Guitar. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Zan McLeod, Learn to Play the Irish Bouzouki. By Art Edelstein.

Blues Clues. Where to find the blues on-line. An annotated guide to blues websites. By Michael John Simmons.

From a Songwriting Contest. Letter from the Minnesota Folk Festival's songwriting contest. By David Hanners.

Back to the Future. Progressive bluesman Chris Thomas King travels backwards and forwards in time on his album The Legend of Tommy Johnson, Act 1: Genesis 1900s-1990s. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Chris Thomas King.

Review. Audio-Technica AT3031 and Oktava MC012 microphones. Review of two new inexpensive condenser microphones. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Ernie Ball Strap. Ernie Ball introduces a new adjustable leather guitar strap.
Hohner O Series. Hohner's new O series of acoustic guitars have ovangkol backs and sides and solid spruce tops.
Mike Caddy. The Mike Caddy attaches to a microphone stand and offers storage for accessories, CDs, and beverages.

Lowering Your Action. Recommendations for at-home action adjustments. By Rick Turner.
Nickel Strings. Sources for nickel acoustic guitar strings. By Teja Gerken.
Teaching Styles. Advice for teaching students with learning disabilities. By Gary Joyner.

Unlocking the Fretboard. Tips and exercises to help you find your way around your guitar's fretboard. By Karen Hogg.
Jazz Techniques. Incorporating arpeggios into jazz solos. By Jamie Findlay.

James Taylor's Olson SJ. By Teja Gerken.

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