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SO MUCH TO LEARN, SO LIT­TLE TIME

Just wanted to say a huge thankyou to the team at Gui­tar Tech­niques for the ex­cel­lent ef­forts they make to bring the best gui­tar in­struc­tional mag­a­zine on the mar­ket to our hands. I have been a gui­tarist for 27 years and (try to) play many dif­fer­ent styles from the blues of BB King, the coun­try of Chet Atkins, the jazz of Joe Pass and clas­si­cal of Se­govia. Your mag­a­zine has some­thing to grab me each month and the CD has re­ally been of use through­out the years to learn and re-learn th­ese styles. Your lessons have made me a bet­ter gui­tarist, a bet­ter per­son and put food on the ta­ble from when I have gigs us­ing the skills I have learnt.

Lov­ing the lat­est edi­tion with Granada, the fu­sion of Clap­ton and Ford and the back­ground story of Wel­come To The Jun­gle. Only one grum­ble: that there isn’t enough time in the month for me to learn them all be­fore you bring an­other is­sue out and I’m hooked again!

Thank you very much and long may you reign as ‘Kings Of The Jun­gle’. James Tay­lor (not the fa­mous one), Kent Mel­bourne in 1973. My cousin, Chris, kept me trans­fixed as he played song af­ter song by ear on a beau­ti­ful sky-blue Strat, and made it all seem so damn easy. Well, while Chris went on to play with some well-known (at least in Aus­tralia) artists, in­clud­ing as lead gui­tarist in Paul Kelly And The Dots, un­for­tu­nately, what­ever mu­si­cal ge­nius gene he in­her­ited didn’t get as far as my branch of the fam­ily tree. I tell peo­ple that I’m im­prov­ing, though; I used to be atro­cious, now I’m just re­ally bad and one day I hope to be able to brag that I’m not very good.

Still, I’ll keep plug­ging away and hope­fully, with the hints I have picked up since be­com­ing an on­line sub­scriber, I might ac­tu­ally ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions. Greg Paull

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I have read with in­ter­est your cor­re­spon­dent from New York, Mr Are­ana, and the diplo­matic re­sponse from your writer. I feel that what our Amer­i­can friend needs to make GT not good, but the best, is to sub­scribe to the dig­i­tal ver­sion of the mag­a­zine. I swapped to the new for­mat a few months ago, and al­though I miss the monthly drop of the mag onto the door­mat, I can’t help think­ing that the printed ver­sion is on its last legs af­ter the im­prove­ments that have been made to the dig­i­tal edi­tion. It’s as if the for­mat was made for dig­i­tal me­dia, with in­stant ac­cess to great videos and sound clips mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble not to pick up and play the mag­a­zine for hours.

So big thanks to your team for the hard work, and get­ting this gui­tarist out of the ‘ruts’ and play­ing qual­ity mu­sic again. Matt Smith

Thanks, Matt. I do hope the printed ver­sion is not on its last legs, be­cause many read­ers still pre­fer the phys­i­cal thing (and we like our jobs!). Some also tell us that they have mu­sic rooms set up with amps, CD player or com­puter, mu­sic stand, head­phones and all the para­pher­na­lia required for a good prac­tice den. Those read­ers hate the thought of the phys­i­cal GT dis­ap­pear­ing and we get strongly worded letters about the CD, should any­one sus­pect it’s about to be dropped in favour of some other medium – there was a ver­i­ta­ble flood of them when Gui­tarist re­lin­quished its cov­er­mount.

How­ever, that said, I do agree that the tablet is the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for GT, as the screens are clear, the au­dio is in­stant, and the whole she­bang is por­ta­ble. Ac­tu­ally, we are look­ing at some soft­ware that could im­prove the iPad ver­sion fur­ther (slow­ing down, loop­ing sec­tions etc), and could po­ten­tially re­lease the dig­i­tal edi­tion onto other plat­forms – An­droid etc – and even make it use­able on desk­top browsers. If it hap­pens, it’s still a way off yet, but the dig­i­tal edi­tion does al­low th­ese kinds of up­grades as and when they be­come avail­able/vi­able for us.

In the mean­time, I hope those that pre­fer pa­per stick with us, and those that fancy try­ing some­thing new give the iPad edi­tion a go.

Ev­ery­thing from Se­govia to Guns N’

Roses is what sep­a­rates GT

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