Most Months I focus this page on the main articles in the magazine - the big technique features at the front. Jason then introduces the stylistic lessons at the back - like the proverbial pantomime horse, if you will. this time, however, I’m bringing to your attention the wealth of insight contained in Gt’s Intro pages.
We are so privileged to have Justin sandercoe, that amazingly successful online teacher, adding his weight to each issue. here he ponders on whether having one ‘forever’ guitar is the real answer to great playing and tone. What say you?
then there’s Mitch Dalton. Mitch is a sublime player, a staggering reader and probably the UK’s number one session guitarist. Read this month’s wittily dry piece, where he casually drops the fact that he’s playing with the Royal Philharmonic on a tour backing Elvis Presley, who appears on video, synched to the music - well, sort of synched, as Mitch wryly tells.
And how about, tim Lerch - whose solo video jazz-blues masterclasses you seemed to love. In Instrumental Inquisition he offers his thoughts on what makes a great ‘non vocal’ performance. If you don’t know Ronnie Baker Brooks he’s a stunningly well-connected blues guitarist from Chicago, and son of legendary bluesman Lonnie. Just read the list of names he mentions - “Albert Collins said to me,” “My friend Eric Johnson,” etc - to understand just where he’s come from. some great stories and advice here too. Phil hilborne has been with Gt since its launch in 1994, and although a busy player and producer he continues to offer his brilliant one Minute Lick each month. Make sure you try this one! there’s such depth of knowledge, history and plain musical wisdom in Gt every month it beggars belief. Enjoy!
Nev waxes lyrical about our Front End super heroes, Mitch, Justin, Tim and Ronnie...