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GT HAS MANY Blues­break­ers fans among its read­ers. There’s a lot of love for Clap­ton and Green, and huge re­spect for Mick Tay­lor who had the un­en­vi­able task of fol­low­ing both Eric and Peter into the band at just 18. Th­ese guys were the UK’s first gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric blues gui­tarists; they all learnt from the ac­knowl­edged elec­tric mas­ters – all the usual sus­pects – but Green was also di­rectly in­flu­enced by Clap­ton; and Tay­lor, in turn, by them both. In this spe­cial fea­ture, Jon Bishop looks at the play­ing styles of th­ese three Bri­tish gui­tar in­sti­tu­tions, all of whom went on to ei­ther form or join the big­gest bands in the world: Clap­ton with Cream, Green with Fleet­wood Mac and Tay­lor, of course, with the Stones. In this ar­ti­cle it’s in­ter­est­ing to spot their mu­tual con­nec­tions, plot the dif­fer­ences and also hear how Clap­ton’s spe­cific ap­proach wormed its way into the oth­ers’ play­ing. I hope you have fun with this fine piece.

Most gui­tarists, whether they’ve lis­tened to him or not, know of Pat Metheny. He’s a mod­ern jazz leg­end. A non-stop stu­dent of gui­tar and of mu­sic in gen­eral and he has a mu­si­cal flu­ency that tran­scends the phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions of our quirky in­stru­ment. We’ve wanted to tab a Metheny track for a long time, and this month Jon Bishop has done us proud with Have You Heard. In the orig­i­nal, the gui­tar melody is slightly buried in the other in­stru­ments, but for our version Jon has lifted it slightly so it’s more au­di­ble. It’s not fast, but it might be tricky if you’re not used to th­ese jazzy phrases. The solo, on the other hand, is a blinder – it’s blis­ter­ingly quick, but Jon to­tally snails it. If you fancy try­ing some jazz and want a chal­lenge for those long win­ter months, then this could be it. See you next month!


Neville Marten, Ed­i­tor

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