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I graduated from Berklee and GIT and played for over 22 years with the last 12 having a pretty disciplined approach. Then I didn’t play for a long time, but always knew I would again. When I started putting in my second run at the 10,000 hour thing, I came across your magazine and after a few months subscribed. That was early 2010.
Every month there’s always something that appeals to me and I have gone through a lot of the articles over the years. But you guys are relentless. Every month more material arrives in my mailbox to challenge me saying: ‘Hey, do you know this?’ Then every few months an issue will contain something super special to me. It never stops.
Sometimes, I get feelings of guilt from the fact that my best estimate of the material I have absorbed into my playing from all these years is maybe 3% of the total content. It’s likely lower than that. Often I remember an article I would like to revisit but it’s too hard to go through every magazine to find it. I copy every CD to my hard drive but only your special ‘Spring’ issues will copy the actual title so I can not search (Windows Media Player).
What we need, and I know this is a large task, but it’s not an infinite one, is for you to provide online a searchable index of each issue/CD. It’s a big task, but I would think it’s only a tedious task, a brute force, one-time project to go back to years of previous issues to compile, because it would not be hard to then maintain and update with every new issue.
I would think it’s a great job for a fledgling journalist intern. As a former developer and current technical project manager, I would suggest it be a database driven app. Hell, I’ll even offer to manage the project remotely for you if it helps get this going. A resource such as this is something one might expect from a mature, stable, important voice of the community. And we would accept any flaws such as missing data etc, but I would also bet that the readership would be able to provide info for any ‘lost issues’.
In closing I will say if this already exists, please point me to it and consider this email just a big never mind!
H Schuyler Collins III
Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist, as yet. I wish we did have an intern that could sort it out because we just don’t have a large enough team to do it at the moment. A longtime reader does keep a database of main transcriptions and features, but this doesn’t take into account all the regular lessons at the back of the magazine, and these would also need to be logged if we were to do it properly. As for naming the CD so it’s more searchable, we’re looking into that now and it shouldn’t be a problem. Of course, if someone does have a fully up-to-date contents list going back 22 years, we’d be very happy to hear from them. Very, very occasionally we do get work experience people in. Should that happen in the near future, the job of compiling the list will be all theirs!
A while back I bought a triple album, Disco Inferno: A Selection Of Tracks By Nile Rogers. I can see why this type of music is beloved of bass players – great grooves and bass patterns. The more I listened to it I thought: “Hey, there is some wonderful rhythm, hooks and fills, although deep in the mix.” I decided I must drop you a line for an idea for a future article – a Disco Rhythm Extravaganza to beef up your strumming chops and get those feet tapping.
Yes, indeed, Nile is a fabulous guitarist and a friend of the magazine. Some years back Jason Sidwell ran a funk series in Guitar Techniques that covered most of the great funk bands and their guitarists – including Mr Rogers. We also compiled the series into a special magazine with CD called Play Guitar Now! Funk! Unfortunately, this is out of stock too, but I’ve just done a search and it seems they occasionally come up on a well-known online auction site. So keep your eyes peeled. Meantime, a more specific ‘disco’ front-end feature might be worth a look.
taste, touch & tone
Until I bought your last issue I didn’t know much about Allen Hinds. I may have recalled you doing something with him before but I’m not sure I saw it. Watching Monkey Swagger I was stunned by his beautiful touch and tone, and most of all his impeccable choice of notes. You hear people talking about ‘playing over the changes’ and Allen is the perfect descriptor of that. And when you hear the whole package – what I call the ‘Three Ts’, the aforementioned touch, tone and taste – it all adds up to the perfect player. I’d say he’s every bit as good as Robben Ford, Larry Carlton and Matt Schofield, and I thank you guys heartily for including such an inspiring player in Guitar Techniques. Watching his fingers is a great help when going through the tab, too – even though he’s so slick I can’t believe that what’s just come out of my speakers is the result of such minimal finger movement! More please, from this articulate musician and great teacher.
Yes, Stephen, Allen’s playing is as close to sublime as we can think of. He hits all the right notes, at just the right time, with just the right tone. And what more could you want? There is more to come in the series, so please do keep buying the magazine! And if you like Allen you’ll also love this month’s cover feature on Robben Ford and Larry Carlton – two other fine arbiters of taste, touch and tone.
Nile Rogers: King of funk guitarists
Allen Hinds: a master of touch, taste and tone