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Con­grats! I love Gui­tar Tech­niques. I think it’s a must for any se­ri­ous gui­tar player. Many, many thanks for the Tim Lerch and Brett Garsed lessons. Talk­ing about Brett, what about an ar­ti­cle, tran­scrip­tion or a se­ries of lessons on his for­mer part­ner in shred­ding, TJ Helmerich’s won­der­ful tap­ping tech­nique? Or a com­bi­na­tion of var­i­ous tap­ping masters like Daniele Got­tardo, Scott Mishoe, etc? Ruben Rosario, Puerto Rica Those are names that meant so much back in the days when those ad­vanced tech­niques were ini­tially be­ing ex­plored and ex­panded upon by a par­tic­u­lar brand of player. An­other one, the amaz­ing eight-fin­ger tap­per Steve Lynch springs to mind. It was such a joy hav­ing Brett and Tim (who’s clearly not a shred­der!) join GT for a few is­sues and they were both so ac­com­mo­dat­ing and open to demon­strat­ing how they do all th­ese amaz­ing things, that if we can get to Daniele, Scott and TJ, and they were as will­ing as Brett, that would be great. We con­stantly have the feel­ers out for video con­trib­u­tors but sadly can only in­clude one per is­sue (oc­ca­sion­ally two if disc space al­lows). We’ll see if there’s a way to in­clude some of th­ese great play­ers some time in the fu­ture.


May 12th 2017 will be the 50th an­niver­sary of when A Whiter Shade Of Pale was re­leased. I know the song was cov­ered in GT is­sue 100 in De­cem­ber 2001 and ar­ranged by Ge­off White­horn who at that time was a con­trib­u­tor for the mag­a­zine, and what a great player he is. Not sure if you are able to pro­vide other Pro­col Harum songs due to copy­right, but it would be great if you could have an ar­ti­cle on this great band who are still tour­ing, even a sound-alike rhythm and or lead styles. I have all the copies of GT since 1997, so please keep up the great work. Ron Couzens How timely your let­ter is, Ron, since we have the great Robin Trower of­fer­ing five of his choic­est licks in this very is­sue. Of course, Robin joined Pro­col Harum for Hom­burg, the fol­low-up to Whiter Shade Of Pale (even though you can see him on the orig­i­nal WSOP film pro­mos). Ob­vi­ously, his play­ing came more to the fore on later tracks such as Con­quis­ta­dor, and then as a suc­cess­ful and highly ad­mired blues-rock player in his own right. I’ve been want­ing to do a se­ries on the more psy­che­delic bands and gui­tarists of that era, so Traf­fic and Steve Win­wood, Pink Floyd and Syd Bar­rett, The Doors and Robby Krieger, Jef­fer­son Air­plane, Cap­tain Beef­heart, Coun­try Joe And The Fish, The Grate­ful Dead, even The Bea­tles and Stones, and pos­si­bly Hawk­wind, Hen­drix, Bowie and even Zappa. I think Pro­col Harum would fall per­fectly in such a line-up so I will sug­gest it again for when an ex­ist­ing se­ries comes to an end. Lots of in­ter­est­ing gui­tar tones to be ex­plored I would think!


How re­fresh­ing to see a cover fea­ture that talks di­rectly about scales and modes, in­stead of yet an­other fea­ture on Clap­ton or Bona­massa [Mixoly­dian Master­class, is­sue 262]. Not that th­ese guys aren’t great, but you know what I mean. It’s just so rare for a mag to be that di­rect, and dare to talk about the sub­ject in hand and not skirt around the edges. I thor­oughly en­joyed the fea­ture too, and thought how great it was to show the scale in so many dif­fer­ent set­tings, such as blues, coun­try, jazz and rock. All power to GT! Mark Knight Thanks, Mark. It was great for us to be able to do it. We want to sep­a­rate our­selves from other gui­tar mag­a­zines some­what, by be­ing more ex­plicit when it seems right to do so. At the same time we are in the busi­ness of sell­ing is­sues so, of course, we’ll press the pop­ulist but­ton when that too seems ap­pro­pri­ate. But as I’ve said many times, the kind of ‘tech­nique/ the­ory’ style pieces you get in GT – and at this level – are very rare to find else­where, and what sets us apart from the herd. Glad you en­joyed it, so look out for more in a sim­i­lar vein.


Great ar­ti­cle on the won­der­ful gui­tar player Steve Khan in the Oc­to­ber Is­sue (GT216). He has long been part of the fa­bled NY jazz scene and a vet­eran, as you men­tioned, of many in­flu­en­tial groups over the years. I didn’t, how­ever, see a men­tion of his phe­nom­e­nal work on the Steely Dan al­bum, Gau­cho. He’s a real stand­out with his solo on the song My Ri­val, as well as also ap­pear­ing on songs like Baby­lon Sis­ters, Glam­our Pro­fes­sion, Gau­cho and Third World Man. Steve’s also been won­der­fully in­volved in bridg­ing Latin mu­sic and jazz, and he has a won­der­ful chord-play­ing tech­nique that harks back to play­ers like Jim Hall and Her­bie Han­cock. He’s also a won­der­ful teacher when not record­ing or trav­el­ling and his ros­ter of stu­dents is equally im­pres­sive! So, thanks again for fea­tur­ing Steve Khan, I have been a long sub­scriber and it’s great to see recog­ni­tion to some­one as im­por­tant as Steve! Al Irizarry Funny you men­tion the Steve Khan piece, Al, since Steve got to see it and con­tacted John Wheatcroft, who wrote it, with the most de­light­fully ap­pre­cia­tive let­ter. Yes, of course, we are aware of all the other great work that he has done, but since that was by def­i­ni­tion our ‘jazz’ col­umn the words and mu­sic fo­cused specif­i­cally on that. What your let­ter makes plain is how easy it is to pi­geon-hole a mu­si­cian in­stead of see­ing the breadth of what they can do (not that we did that, for the rea­son stated). I won­der, there­fore, if a fea­ture on Steely Dan and the gui­tarists that have con­trib­uted to their amaz­ing body of work, might be worth con­sid­er­ing, the ever-present ‘copy­right mire’ not­with­stand­ing.


Robin Trower: just missed out on Whiter Shade Of Pale

John Wheatcroft re­ceived a lovely thank you let­ter from Steve Khan

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