LESSONS IN­TRO­DUc­TION

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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!

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