I’m a songwriter, a guitarist and a lawyer from Spain. I have been buying your magazine for two years now - and why? I play several kinds of guitar: Spanish/classical, electric, acoustic, and your magazine has material of every kind and for every music style. And the best of all is your quality!
I have studied eight years at music conservatory, played in many musical groups in many styles, have read many guitar magazines (English and Spanish) and yours is the best – in fact because of you I’m still learning guitar and music.
I hope that you will not change your musical direction; many magazines in Spain deteriorated for this reason. I also hope you don’t abandon the print edition – I love playing the scores written on them – I am of the old school.
Please, keep on supporting culture. Spain is going through difficult times with a lack of pub gigs and music lovers, with an education system that abhors music, and all kinds of other problems. The UK is a great example for me this way.
Furthermore, I also practise my English by reading your explanations and articles. I like music, I like guitar, I like English culture, and my favourite magazine is Guitar Techniques as you give me courage month to month to continue with my passion. Tony Marquina
Thanks for your kind words, Tony. We will indeed strive to carry on doing what we do, as long as good people like yourself keep buying GT. I’m shocked that Spain seems so lacking in music – I’m sure most Brits would imagine it to be culturally dynamic and more than a little proud of its great musical history, especially when it comes to the guitar. We struggle here with pub gigs too, due to poorly conceived laws (which have thank goodness recently been repealed) limiting how many can play in public without expensive licences. It decimated the music scene; of course the recession didn’t help, but hopefully we’re beginning to see green shoots of recovery in live music here – hopefully when Spain pulls though its economic struggles it will happen there too. In the meantime, thanks for spreading the word about GT, keep playing and let us know if
things do get better.
Spain’s music scene struggles, says Tony