TOO MUCH BLUES!

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Yet again the lat­est is­sue is all about blues (Blues Work­out, GT236). Don’t you guys think we’ve had enough of it by now? I mean, those five notes can only go so far! What about all the other great styles of mu­sic that are out there? And what about ar­ti­cles that are just about gui­tar ‘tech­nique’ or ‘the­ory’ and not re­lated to blues ev­ery time? Well, Marty, first of all no is­sue is ‘all about’ any par­tic­u­lar style of mu­sic. We aim to be as broad as pos­si­ble, and cover as many styles and lev­els as we can, each and ev­ery month. How­ever – and I’ve said this time and time again – the is­sues that sell the best (and help keep us in business) tend to be blues re­lated. The is­sue you men­tion was the best sell­ing for over a year, and we have to keep a com­mer­cial eye on things in or­der to stay vi­able dur­ing tough times for mag­a­zine pub­lish­ing.

But, out of in­ter­est, I’ve just gone through that par­tic­u­lar mag­a­zine and here’s what it con­tained: 12 pages of blues in the cover fea­ture (which it could be said was a gen­eral fret­board work­out any­way) and another three-and-a-half in our monthly Blues col­umn; nine pages of gypsy jazz (Nu­ages); eight pages on us­ing pass­ing chords (a bona fide ‘the­ory’ fea­ture); nine pages of clas­si­cal gui­tar (Bizet’s Car­men and Car­los Bonell’s video); three pages with six cool licks in all styles (30-Minute Lick­bag); three pages of mod­ern ‘clas­sic’ rock (Kings Of Leon); five pages of neo-clas­si­cal rock (Cre­ative Rock); two pages of Chops Shop (tech­nique study); five pages on Bri­tish R&B (Spencer Davis /Steve Win­wood); four pages of straight jazz (Blue Note An­niver­sary); three pages of Paul McCart­ney’s fin­ger­style and ‘thumb and strum’ (Acous­tic); plus two pages on read­ing mu­sic (more the­ory).

Can you now hon­estly tell me that this is­sue was ‘all about blues’? Or that there’s a gui­tarist on this planet that wouldn’t ex­tract some­thing of value from it? We try hard to be bal­anced, and I re­ally don’t mind fair crit­i­cism - it helps us do bet­ter - but please do us the hon­our of look­ing beyond the (yes, quite pos­si­bly bluesy) cover, where you will see a read­ers’ di­gest of broad and bril­liant gui­tar tu­ition from the finest tu­tors and play­ers out there - at a frac­tion of the cost of one gui­tar les­son!

Johnny Marr: highly cre­ative, orig­i­nal and able

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