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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!

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