LESSONS IN­TRO­DUC­TION

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Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS -

Ja­son Sid­well is in awe of the range of lessons on of­fer in GT this month!

Wel­come to GT264’s lessons sec­tion where the play­ing re­quire­ments vary con­sid­er­ably and more quickly. While the front end is filled with great tu­to­ri­als and mu­sic, here we blend pas­tiche, tech­nique, the­ory and more into a stag­ger­ing buf­fet of mu­si­cal fun!

If time is tight dur­ing the week, try out 30-Minute Lick­bag (page 54), which cov­ers Nir­vana string drones, Ge­orge Ben­son funk rhythm and Dick Dale riff­ing. The Blues col­umn (page 58) fea­tures two so­los in the style of the great blues gui­tarist, Robben Ford. The first solo alone is filled with great licks ready to learn and then use in your own play­ing; arpeg­gios, slides, trills, 6th licks and chro­mati­cism aplenty. The funky Lenny Kravitz comes un­der the spotlight in Rock (page 62), where low string riffs and 16th-note chords meet Pen­ta­tonic lead licks. If you want to rock harder, check out the guide to War­rant on page 66 – lots of palm mut­ing, har­mon­ics and syn­co­pated rhythms with a busy pick­ing and tap­ping solo to end! Next up is Jazz (page 72) fea­tur­ing the guv’nor of jazz solo­ing, Char­lie Chris­tian; im­pres­sive lead lines that dart around the fret­board while nav­i­gat­ing the chord changes – stim­u­lat­ing stuff for all gui­tarists. While not of­ten as­so­ci­ated with the acous­tic gui­tar, we turn our fo­cus on page 78 to one of the UK’s most iconic rhythm play­ers, Johnny Marr. With his love of capo and open-string dron­ing, the ex­am­ple piece will prove a lot of fun to learn. The fi­nal three ar­ti­cles should re­ally keep your chops busy; Cre­ative Rock (page 82) cov­ers sus­pended arpeg­gios within the Mixoly­dian mode (check out Shaun’s tap­ping outro!); Chord Camp (page 88) is crammed with loads of so­phis­ti­cated slash chords; while the won­der­ful world of pinch har­mon­ics awaits in this month’s Wood­shed (page 92). En­joy an­other packed is­sue!

The In­sTI­TuTe of Con­Tem­po­rary mu­sIC per­for­manCe

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