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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

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