Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS -

I love acous­tic guitars and gui­tarists just as much as I do electrics and their play­ers. And, just as many of us ‘need’ both hum­buck­ing and sin­gle-coil tones (in my case P-90 too) the same sonic case can be made for acous­tics.

I have two steel-stringers – a Martin D-28 and a Gib­son J-185. The Martin, my all-rounder, stays home but might do the oc­ca­sional pub gig with mates – it’s sec­ond-hand and I traded it with an­other Martin. It has a good pickup fit­ted so is ready should I get the call. The Gib­son is my stage acous­tic: it looks fab­u­lous, like a slightly scaled down and less overtly or­nate J-200 and I only ever use it for strum­ming.

I got into acous­tic via James Tay­lor, Joni Mitchell and the 70s singer-song­writ­ers. It was a great foil for the heav­ier and of­ten less mu­si­cal (to my ear) stuff that was ap­pear­ing at the time.

I spent months ham­fist­edly work­ing out JT songs, and strug­gling to learn Lit­tle Green by Joni, only to be in­formed by a folkie friend that it was in open G tun­ing. Doh!

Strangely, I never be­came much of an acous­tic blues player, even though blues is a form I re­ally love. But per­haps it’s not too late, and I can have a crack at Jon Bishop’s most ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle this month, where he brings us four full pieces at a range of abil­ity lev­els. Each is writ­ten for solo acous­tic gui­tar: they go from old-style Mis­sis­sippi to a fan­tas­tic slide fest, end­ing with a cou­ple of rather more chal­leng­ing ar­range­ments.

The rest of the is­sue has lessons in al­most ev­ery style. If Cre­ative Rock is usu­ally not for you, do try it this month as Shaun has some lovely melodic blues-rock ideas (check out his au­dio!). And if a good work­out is what you need, Char­lie’s vi­brato les­son will have all four fret­ting fin­gers fly­ing.

See you soon...

Neville Marten, Edi­tor


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