GT’s music editor Jason Sidwell introduces another action-packed lessons section.
AS A REGULAR reader you know we champion many aspects of guitar playing, from theory and technique to player analysis and song transcriptions. The delivery of all this is from a GT team comprising the cream of UK players and teachers, with broad musical preferences and abilities – even those that pen very bespoke tutorials. We are also augmented by various worldwide guest writers and tutors that we’ve featured ever since the mid 90s. Recently, we were privileged to have LA session guitarist, Carl Verheyen soloing over various backing tracks for a seven-part video tutorial. All of us on GT have a lot of respect for Carl; huge chops, an extensive knowledge of music theory, stylistically savvy (he can emulate many, from Joe Pass to Keith Richards), he always gets a great guitar tone and can pretty much read any music presented to him. That’s a 360 degrees musician in our books and, if your emails and letters are anything to go by, he has illuminated your learning sessions over recent months.
This issue, we welcome a new guest tutor: the UK jazz guitarist, Nigel Price. While not as well known as Carl, Nigel’s been on the UK circuit for many years and his musical acumen and ability are, like Carl, absolutely world class. When tutor Dario Cortese worked alongside him at the GT filming studio, my jaw was often on the floor not just because of his chops, but for his musicality. We often hear outstanding guitarists but not all of them have the magical ‘good stuff’. Even before filming began, Nigel demonstrated he had it in spades; fluid technique (without ever showboating) and a seemingly endless supply of lines and chords that would make anyone smile. It was as if he was channelling Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Kenny Burrell and Joe Pass while freely expressing his own voice. It was a joyful filming session!
Nigel starts this issue with chord and voicing approaches that will provide you with months of both immediate study and further development. If you’re a jazzer, you’ll be ecstatic about this, but I’d urge any broad-minded GT reader to delve in and start learning, even if you’ve never really checked out jazz guitarists before. The intelligent and rich musicality on offer with each example will enhance your playing, even if you’re an indie pop strummer or a rousing riff rocker. Enjoy the issue!