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I’ve got to tell you guys that issues 227 and 228 had two of the best music features I’ve ever seen in Guitar Techniques: Your Instant Guide To Better Chords, and How Good Are You?
I’ve often watched great guitarists, effortlessly running their hands up and down the neck, playing the kinds of chordy rhythm stuff that I simply couldn’t comprehend! Well, although I still don’t get it all, your Better Chords feature put so much information in one place that it’s opened doors to things I could never work out for myself. I’m still going through it bit by bit, and feel my technique and knowledge are gaining ground simultaneously.
The How Good Are You feature looked a bit scary at first. I’ve never taken any exams and, although I’ve been playing guitar on and off for over 20 years, felt I wasn’t a contender for any such gongs. But I did go through it (still am, actually) and quite honestly I’ve surprised myself. I’m not sure where I sit – it would seem somewhere around Grade 6 in general terms – but I now have a goal to attain in a whole variety of areas. Also, I downloaded the issue on my iPad as the tab’s moving cursor and synchedup audio helps enormously.
I know I’m preaching to the converted, but if they haven’t already, everyone really should go through both of those brilliant articles – I guarantee you’ll come through them with your eyes opened. Like me, you’ll probably feel quite a bit better about your guitar playing, too.
Brian Wilkin I’m glad that these features are going down so well. In fact, several people have said the same to me. When tab became so expensive to do legally, we had to look at other ways to reach our audience, while still giving them great tuition. It quickly became apparent that these features should be on topics that people can’t simply Google. While online tabs were pretty dire back in the day, they are getting a lot better and, in this climate where everyone seems to think everything should be free, we needed a compelling proposition to retain our most loyal followers. It was to that end that we began the kind of lessons you are talking about, Brian: they are incredibly in-depth and insightful, packed with nugget after nugget of information; they are written by the country’s top tutors and you can’t get them anywhere else but here. So thanks for your appreciation of everyone’s work. More to come soon!
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