LESSONS IN­TRO­DUC­TION

Lessons from the world’s great­est teach­ers and schools...

Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS -

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!

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