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SOME­TIMES MY MISS­ING of the ob­vi­ous as­tounds even me. this month’s cover fea­ture high­light­ing the area of the fret­board above the 12th fret – of­ten af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘the dusty end’ – made me re­alise that i’ve never taken ad­van­tage of it. But the frets are so much closer to­gether here that not re­think­ing one’s ap­proach is mad. yet that’s pre­cisely what i’ve done; avoided all the things that are clearly im­pos­si­ble: full barre chords etc and sim­ply of­fered a stripped-down ver­sion of what i al­ready do at the bot­tom.

And that’s not me be­ing coolly self­dep­re­cat­ing: I can see the same flaw in many big-name gui­tarists. of course, some ex­tremely creative play­ers – Steve Vai and Uli Jon Roth spring to mind – go as far as hav­ing spe­cial in­stru­ments made to cater to the va­garies of the neck’s top end. Vai with se­lec­tive scal­lop­ing, and Roth hav­ing his frets set a tone apart af­ter a cer­tain point.

How­ever, as John Wheatcroft points out in his ex­cel­lent fea­ture, there’s lots that we mere mor­tal gui­tarists can do to be­come more creative in that area. So turn to page 16 to dis­cover a whole new way of think­ing up there. i guar­an­tee you’ll find some­thing to make those mo­ments of post 12th-fret tres­pass feel like you’re play­ing in your own back yard. A quick note about Jon Bishop’s mu­si­cal trib­ute to Prince. Jon had hardly any no­tice to pro­duce it but has de­vised a les­son that not only demon­strates what a fab­u­lous mu­si­cian Prince was, but also shows what a fine player he is too. Prince epit­o­mised the ‘funk meets rock’ style – and then some. But Jon has nailed it for us bril­liantly, so do give it a go. my thanks to Jon, John and in­deed all our bril­liant tu­tors for com­ing up with yet an­other fun-filled and ac­tion-packed is­sue. See you next month!

Neville Marten, Ed­i­tor neville.marten@fu­turenet.com

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