Guitar Techniques - - NEWS - Neville Marten, Edi­tor

Nev dis­cusses this is­sue’s triple-pronged at­tack.

THIS MONTH WE have a triple artist fo­cus, all very dif­fer­ent styles, feels and gen­res. First is a man who has been on top for decades. He shot to fame with a set that took Wood­stock Fes­ti­val by storm. His liq­uid style sounded like noth­ing we’d heard be­fore and his band’s Latin rhythms had the vast crowd danc­ing in the mud. Yes, it’s Car­los San­tana. And while Car­los does di­vide opin­ion, who can deny a ca­reer that spans six decades, 10 Gram­mys and al­bum sales that top 100 mil­lion? That his re­cent works, Supernatural and Shaman are among his most suc­cess­ful of all is tes­ta­ment to his gen­er­a­tion-span­ning ap­peal. Phil Capone looks at Car­los’s unique style, cov­er­ing Latin rhythms, bend­ing and pick­ing, tone, choice of scales and more; all end­ing up with a fi­nal jam that you can learn in its en­tirety, or use to prac­tise your new San­tana licks!

Our re­cent ‘jam’ fea­ture got us think­ing of the Amer­i­can bands that in­spired that great na­tion to take up blues guitar and which, in turn, were the key to dis­cov­er­ing their own orig­i­nal blues artists. Bands like The All­man Broth­ers (with Duane All­man and Dickey Betts) and The Paul But­ter­field Blues Band (with Michael Bloom­field and Elvin Bishop) were the US equiv­a­lent to John May­all’s Blues­break­ers, Fleet­wood Mac and Cream, and made stars of these play­ers just as May­all had done. Steve Allsworth of­fers a faith­ful take on one of the group’s great­est tracks: the pow­er­ful States­boro Blues in which All­man and Betts both dis­play their ge­nius.

When acous­tic fin­ger­style gi­ant John Ren­bourn died in March this year we were de­ter­mined to hon­our this won­der­ful mu­si­cian with a full fea­ture on his play­ing. We asked Stu­art Ryan to come up with some­thing spe­cial; Stu has done us proud with a lesson that shows just what made Ren­bourn so re­spected by his peers and fans alike. So en­joy these ar­ti­cles and this is­sue’s other great les­sons and fea­tures.

WIN! You’ll also no­tice an amaz­ing com­pe­ti­tion to win thou­sands of £££s’ worth of group gear. Open to UK res­i­dents only, it’s an amaz­ing chance to kit your whole band out with top-of-the-range gear. Please do en­ter - and I’ll see you next month!

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