Wel­come

Guitar Techniques - - Welcome - Neville Marten, Edi­tor

ONCE AGAIN IN our quest to ex­pand your knowl­edge and mu­si­cal hori­zons, we’ve come up with a cou­ple of mega-cool lessons. The first lets you mea­sure your abil­i­ties against a se­ries of known norms, while the other is a re­sponse to read­ers’ re­quests on how to ar­range for gui­tar. (The lat­ter was prompted by var­i­ous GT colum­nists who reg­u­larly cre­ate bril­liant pieces, seem­ingly out of nowhere.)

While we are not in a po­si­tion to of­fer you a cer­tifi­cate of achieve­ment or a GT Grade, we can give you a yard­stick against which to judge your progress. So with Rockschool’s James Uings, Si­mon Troupe and Char­lie Grif­fiths we have de­vised a plan.

Tak­ing known ar­eas of tech­nique and the­ory we present you with a va­ri­ety of ex­er­cises that will test you, al­low you the op­por­tu­nity to make a self-as­sess­ment and then bone up where nec­es­sary. Should you ever want to take bona fide grades (be they Rockschool or any other) this will af­ford you a great guide to know­ing whether it’s a good idea or not. And, to be hon­est, most of us don’t ac­tu­ally know how good we re­ally are, so tak­ing these ‘tests’ might pleas­antly sur­prise you - or per­haps spur you on to prac­tis­ing a lit­tle more stead­fastly. Any­way, it’s a fun thing to do wher­ever your de­sires lay.

Mov­ing on to ar­ti­cle num­ber two: I men­tioned last month that there’s usu­ally some kind of for­mula or sys­tem in place that un­der­pins what seems to be nat­u­ral abil­ity. That goes for ar­rang­ing too. And while of course some people are par­tic­u­larly blessed, we can all take ad­van­tage of cer­tain pointers or rules that gov­ern the art of ar­rang­ing.

To that end, Jon Bishop has taken the well­known stan­dard Scar­bor­ough Fair, and looked at how we might ar­range it in a va­ri­ety of ways, from a sim­ple solo acous­tic piece, through mo­dal tun­ings right up to a full jazz-blues with so­phis­ti­cated chords and tasty notes and runs.

I hope you en­joy these and all the other lessons - in­clud­ing the tab of Brian Set­zer’s awe­some Rock This Town - and I’ll see you next month with more fret­board fun

and frolics!

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