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Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS - Neville Marten, Edi­tor neville.marten@fu­turenet.com

WHO DOESN’T LOVE to learn a great new lick? I don’t know if peo­ple do it now, but when I was in my youth and bump­ing into fel­low gui­tar-play­ing nerds, some­one was al­ways go­ing, “Do you know this one?” and play­ing you a new lick that they’d learnt. What ex­cit­ing times they were. Per­haps as we get more pro­fi­cient we’re less will­ing to share our se­crets, wish­ing in­stead to re­tain any mu­si­cal ad­van­tage we think we might have.

And that’s where GT comes in. Since we are the car­ing, shar­ing mag­a­zine we in­vited Jim Clark to dig deep and come up with 25 of the juiciest licks he could imag­ine - noth­ing hor­ren­dously dif­fi­cult to play but just the kind of thing you’d want to add to your per­sonal lick­bag. And the great thing about licks is, change a note here and there, bend in­stead of slid­ing, pick in­stead of ham­mer­ing and, hey presto! Brand new lick! So this fea­ture re­ally is the gift that keeps on giv­ing.

Queen and Brian May have been in the news a lot lately - the sold-out arena tour with Adam Lam­bert, the po­ten­tial of Brian be­com­ing an MP (who wouldn’t love to see that?) and the res­ur­rec­tion of pre­vi­ously un­heard tracks with Fred­die. So we thought it about time we tabbed a great Queen tune, since we haven’t done so for some time.

Now I’m Here is a bril­liant track. From the huge open­ing chord to Brian’s screech­ing bends, that awe­some riff and his Chuck-meets-An­gus style rock and roll solo, it’s packed with great things to learn. As usual, Steve Allsworth does an amaz­ing job, son­i­cally and tab-wise, so you should have hours of fun learn­ing this.

And speak­ing of rock and roll, we were re­cently chat­ting about the range of rhythm styles you find in the genre - from Bo Did­dley and the afore­men­tioned Chuck Berry, to Scotty Moore and Sta­tus Quo. So we thought it would be per­fect as this month’s third main fea­ture. And, as Jon Bishop plays with 80s rock and roll star Shakin’ Stevens, who bet­ter to do it for you? And as usual, that’s only the tip of the ice­berg: the mag­a­zine is packed with su­perb tu­ition in all man­ner of styles and pretty much all lev­els. So dig in, have fun and I’ll see you next month.

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