Music editor Jason Sidwell introduces another fun-filled lessons section.
BEING A TUITION ONLY magazine, our appeal is wholly based on the breadth and depth of the tutorial articles. Having been around since 1994, we’ve always set the bar high as regards variety and clarity to improve your playing. Deepening stylistic savvyness, pointers for technical development, insight into emulating iconic players, laying bare the theoretical info so you can solo with more flair. Basically, interesting musical stuff to make your guitar playing more fun to perform and for others to listen to!
This issue is no exception; you’ve already read articles on note intervals (‘gold’ notes to lean towards when soloing) and the fundamentals of ragtime; clocked exactly how Muse’s Matt Bellamy plays one of the band’s biggest songs, New Born and mused (sic) over our exquisite solo arrangement of The Blue Danube.
Now you’re half way through, we’ve a wealth of tutorials of generally shorter length ranging from quick ‘buffet’ presentations such as 30-Minute Lickbag to the blazing soloing of our video masterclass guitarist, Carl Verheyen. With blues (Eric Gales), rock (Joe Satriani), R&B (The Troggs), jazz (Django’s Legacy) and acoustic (Glen Campbell), we’ve plenty to appeal to devoted guitarists of all genres, styles and levels.
By all means tackle the articles that excite the most from a stylistic or technical perspective, but I’d also recommend you take another approach too. Go through the magazine again and with a pencil circle any section of music (it could be a bar or four bars’ worth) that seems different to what you normally play. It could be a chord or two that twists your fingers a little, a picking technique that intrigues, or string bends that you’ve rarely tried before; point being, presentation context can often colour our decisions on tackling something or not - “I’m a shredder so why should Glen Campbell appeal?” or “I’m an acoustic player, so Joe Satriani won’t fit my playing plans”. Instead, if one discards that type of straight-jacket thinking, we’re convinced you’ll grow as a musician and as a guitarist. From our experience over the years, countless guitarists have used GT not only to enhance what they already like or do, but also to learn of players, techniques or theories that they never knew before. We hope we’ve done that for you as a dedicated reader and, if not, let this issue be the start. Enjoy!