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Jason Sidwell gives you the low-down on this month’s action-packed Lessons section.
The acoustic guitar has had quite a major facelift over the past decade. Not content with its roots in folk, blues, Celtic and bluegrass there has been an ever-growing (check out YouTube!) population that love to slap, tap, hammer and bash their guitars in a new-ish movement called percussive guitar. Michael Hedges is arguably the originator of the style but players like Preston Reed, Don Ross, the late GT tutor Eric Roche, Andy McKee, Thomas Leeb, Justin King, Erik Mongraine and Newton Faulkner have all moved the style forward.
GT has covered the style quite a bit in the past but we thought we'd start a video series for new or reappraised ways of playing the acoustic guitar. Enter Chris Woods, one of the UK's most promising acoustic guitarists that favours percussive styles alongside conventional fingerpicking. His Creative Acoustic series (pg 82) starts this issue with an introductory look at percussive approaches; this lays out foundation ideas for beginners then varies and builds on them to interest those more familiar with the style. We think the visual appeal of the techniques used are better served by video footage so you will greatly benefit from the presentation here.
As for the rest of the lessons, you've a wealth of fun in store! 30-Minute Lickbag (enjoy the last arpeggio workout), Hubert Sumlin blues (tasty fingerstyle comping), Blind Faith rock (great Clapton licks), Allen Hinds soloing series (some lovely 16th-note phrases!), Nuno Bettencourt hard rock (killer riffs and licks), John Scofield jazz (you’ll love the final example), Joni Mitchell acoustic (open D tuning with capo) and the Rockschool reading series. Enjoy!