That Was The Year...

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO - Jam tracks by Quist. For free scale maps and hun­dreds more tracks, visit www.quis­torama.com. You can also sub­scribe to www.youtube.com/ QuistTV to get all the latest tracks and licks. Or find Quist and his jam tracks on Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and Face­book.

on the pro­to­type of his first com­mer­cial guitar, the Fen­der Broad­caster. With three-a-side tuners on the all-maple neck the guitar lacks that cer­tain some­thing and the sur­face-mounted rec­tan­gu­lar con­trol plate and small scratch­plate of­fer a lack of co­or­di­na­tion. But when pre­sented in 1950 all the de­sign el­e­ments are in place and a clas­sic is born. at a dance­hall in Twist, arkansas and knock over a bar­rel of burn­ing kerosene caus­ing the build­ing to blaze. BB King dashes back into the burn­ing build­ing to re­trieve his Gib­son guitar only later to re­alise what a foolish thing he’d done. he then names that and ev­ery other guitar he plays, Lu­cille, the name of the girl the men were fight­ing over, to re­mind him never to act rashly again. be­comes the Com­mon­wealth; the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Ger­many and the demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Ger­many (east Ger­many) are of­fi­cially es­tab­lished; is­rael be­comes a mem­ber of the United Na­tions; Tran­sjor­dan is now the King­dom of Jor­dan; and the NaTO de­fence al­liance is cre­ated fol­low­ing the sign­ing of the North at­lantic Treaty. on her maiden voy­age from Southamp­ton to New York; snow­fall is recorded in Los an­ge­les for the first time; a 1948 Volk­swa­gen model VW Type 1 car ar­rives in New York – it’s the first to ar­rive in the States but lit­tle in­ter­est is shown. The first emmy awards are pre­sented and hopa­long Cas­sidy is the first tele­vi­sion western to be aired in amer­ica. Phil Lynott, Trevor horn, Fran­cis Rossi, Billy Gib­bons, Rick Wake­man, Mark Knopfler, Paul Rodgers, Bruce Spring­steen, Glo­ria Gaynor, Robin and Mau­rice Gibb, Gil Scott-heron, Steve Perry and Robert Palmer. as­tronomer Fred hoyle coins the term Big Bang as the start of the Uni­verse; Ger­ard Kuiper dis­cov­ers another moon of Nep­tune, it’s given the name Nereid; Ge­orge Or­well’s novel Nine­teen eighty-Four is pub­lished; and Mar­garet Roberts, the fu­ture Mar­garet Thatcher, is adopted as the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for dart­ford – she will go on to un­suc­cess­fully fight two elec­tions in the con­stituency in 1950 and 1951. is pro­duc­ing one of the most rad­i­cal gui­tars ever but so far he’s only made four! This twin-pickup solid fea­tures a wooden tail­piece, sur­face­mounted con­trols and a pickup se­lec­tor. The fret­board sports an ar­ray of in­lays but apart from the birds-eye maple top, the most strik­ing fea­ture is the stylish three-a-side head­stock, con­sid­ered by many as the in­spi­ra­tion for Fen­der’s Stra­to­caster. Other mak­ers pro­duced vari­a­tions of this de­sign but it was the Strat’s that was to be­come

so iconic. Here’s a fun, head-bop­ping blues shuf­fle in A (to go with our great cover fea­ture). Mix up A ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (A-B-C#-E-F#) and A mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (A-C-D-E-G) for max­i­mum blues vibes. Know­ing the 7th arpeg­gios will come in handy as well – A7 (A-C#-E-G), D7 (D-F#-A-C) and E7 (E-G#-B-D). Up for a chal­lenge? Then try this odd-me­ter track (in 11/8) in the key of B ma­jor. Count­ing 4, 4, 3 will help. The chords are: B-B-Gmaj7-E, an ex­am­ple of modal in­ter­change, mean­ing it goes from ma­jor (B ma­jor, B chords) to mi­nor (B Mi­nor/ Do­rian, G and E chords). Think B ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (B-C#-D#F#-G#) to B mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (B-D-E-F#-A). You can give your groove guitar play­ing a work­out on this funk track in A mi­nor. Have a go at work­ing on chords (whole and par­tial), sin­gle-note lines and dou­ble-stops – picked from A mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (A-C-D-E-G), A Mi­nor (A-B-C-D-E-F-G) and arpeg­gios – Am7 (A-C-E-G), Dm7 (D-F-A-C) and Em7 (E-G-B-D). Here’s a medium-tempo jazz-blues in the chal­leng­ing key of Ab ma­jor. For scales, try Ab ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (Ab-Bb-CEb-F) and Ab mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic Ab-B-Db-Eb-Gb) as a good start­ing point. But also add some Ab Mixoly­dian (Ab-Bb-C-Db-EbF-Gb) and Ab Ma­jor scale (Ab-Bb-C-Db-Eb-F-G). Fi­nally, try fol­low­ing the pro­gres­sion play­ing the arpeg­gios along the way: Ab7 (Ab-C-Eb-Gb); Db7 (Db-F-Ab-B); Ebm7 (Eb-Gb-BbDb); D dim (D-F-Ab-B); F7 (F-A-C-Eb); Bbm (Bb-Db-F-Ab); and Eb7 (Eb-G-Bb-Db). Join us for an in-depth look at the gui­tars that made these two brands great in two new bookazines: Le­gends Of Tone. Top his­to­ri­ans ex­am­ine the key mod­els that made the com­pa­nies house­hold names and we look at ul­tra-rare and de­sir­able ex­am­ples. With star in­ter­views, Top 10 Tones for each model plus fab­u­lous pho­tog­ra­phy, this is a must-read for lovers of Gib­son and Fen­der electrics. www.my­favouritemagazines.com.

Chris hunt Weybridge, Sur­rey. elec­tric, acous­tic and clas­si­cal.

Play­ing in any key. Be­gin­ners to ad­vanced, in elec­tric and acous­tic – RGT acous­tic Grades if de­sired

Up to Grade 6 clas­si­cal. any­thing in tab.

£35 an hour i teach at the stu­dent’s home. 07958 660193.

chrishunt77@hot­mail.co.uk

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