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Ja­son Sid­well con­sid­ers the di­ver­sity of styles in this is­sue of Gui­tar Tech­niques

One pop­u­lar as­pect of GT, you tell us, is our di­ver­sity of style, abil­ity, tech­ni­cal ap­proach and the­o­ret­i­cal ex­pla­na­tions. Take this is­sue: you’ve had a user-friendly anal­y­sis of the Al­tered scale (p12); a big over­view of one of the world’s most pop­u­lar rock bands, AC/DC (p28); a beau­ti­ful solo by Brett Garsed (p38) that, while filled with hugely im­pres­sive play­ing, shows just how good Brett’s ears are to nav­i­gate so many changes. Then there’s the last in Tim Lerch’s se­ries on solo jazz-blues play­ing (p44); even if you only take a cou­ple of chords from this, you’ll be the richer for it; and the jaunty Ca­narios by Gas­par Sanz (p54), a great fin­ger­pick­ing work­out that’s brim­ming with en­ergy and up­beat ma­jor key joy! The­ory, lead and rhythm, chords, gen­res, fin­ger­pick­ing; that’s the di­ver­sity I’m talk­ing about. Here in The Learn­ing Zone, you’ve got nu­mer­ous shorter ar­ti­cles. Th­ese are largely genre led but that’s not to say an acous­tic player wouldn’t ben­e­fit from Cre­ative Rock or a fan of Chord Camp won’t find a few new licks in 30-Minute Lick­bag. So, get wise to the man who in­spired many in­clud­ing SRV and Clap­ton - the late Lon­nie Mack (p62); ad­mire the flu­id­ity of Vito Bratto in Hard Rock (p70); marvel at the rhyth­mic twists, pick­ing chops and exotic scales of fu­sion leg­end, Al Di Me­ola (p74); the savvy acous­tic ar­rang­ing of John Mayer (p80); the blues rock ap­peal of Mixoly­dian lead lines (p84); and the eye­browrais­ing qual­ity of aug­mented chords (p90). Enjoy the is­sue – and our never-end­ing di­ver­sity!

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