Jason Sidwell introduces this month’s feature packed Lessons section.
I HOPE YOU enjoyed our two big features: a complete rock workout and exotic scales to play over 7th chords. These are in direct response to your requests to illuminate specific topics. Please keep them coming!
Now you’ve arrived at the Lessons section, we’ve more great articles that should appeal, regardless of your ability or musical leanings. It’s this broad variety that makes GT the most thorough guitar tuition magazine there is.
If time is tight, 30-Minute Lickbag has six varied licks at easy, intermediate and advanced levels. Tackle them all, or work on one you particularly like; the choice is yours.
This issue’s Blues lesson shines a spotlight on US legend Joe Louis Walker, with two solos crammed full of tasty licks, stinging string bends and awesome phrasing.
Upping the distortion, Rock features the roaring chops of Ted Nugent. You’ll love the pounding power chord riffing and frenzied pentatonic licks that pay homage to this unique US rocker.
Then it’s time for a complete change as we look at the UK groove jazzer, Ronny Jordan who recently passed away. If you like mixing funk and jazz on a clean guitar tone, this is for you.
Pull out the overdrive pedal again, as Creative Rock dives into the world of sweep picking and tapping. If you want to boost your chops and up your speed, there’s much here to work on.
Many of you have been in contact about our new Session Secrets article, again appreciating the stylistic variety on tap. This month we look at the Nashville chops that get Brent Mason so much A-list session work. Tasty double-stop bends, snaky chromaticism, strong chord tones and lots of hybrid picking - it’s a workout you’ll keep coming back to!
Prog rock has one of the most devout fan bases around. Ty Tabor from the great King’s X is considered on page 78, with examples of his string bending, pentatonic ideas and a liking for irregular note groupings.
Dial in a clean neck pickup and check out the improvisations of jazzer, Chuck Wayne. He may not be a household name but his soloing over II-V-I progressions was highly musical, and not a little scary at times.
Acoustic and A-Z of Theory round things off, with the cool chords of singersongwriter Laura Marling, and the letter U: Ultra Locrian, Unison bends and Upstrokes are among the topics we... er... Uncover. As always, enjoy the issue and I’ll see you next time with more guitar goodness.