Lessons from the world’s greatest teachers and schools...
Jason Sidwell introduces another fabulous selection of lessons from the GT team.
Often it’s the bands and guitarists that we first heard as youngsters that remain our heroes throughout our lives. The intensity of infatuation during our early years is hard to evoke later on, but it can happen. As an ‘80s kid I revelled in the music of The Shadows, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Big Country, Genesis, Julian Bream, Queen and many others. Being a keen classical guitar student, it wasn’t until I was 19 years old and at music uni that an electric guitar was mine and I became hooked on reading guitar magazines. They exposed me to a staggering amount of new and niche guitar music, and I was back to being a super-keen 12-year-old again! I learnt lots and became more broadly acquainted with players, techniques and viewpoints that were hugely beneficial to my musical growth. This issue features tutorials on two players that I got into during my second youthful phase of guitar magazine-fuelled musical infatuation: Yngwie Malmsteen and Pat Metheny. They are very different players but their vocabulary is so masterful that they remain major representatives of their genres to this day. If, like me, you find Malmsteen and Metheny vital, I’d urge you to tackle the features by Charlie (Hard Rock, page 66) and John (Jazz, page 72). If you’re anything like me you’ll be infatuated too, and become a better guitarist for it - regardless of your age. Enjoy the issue!