Nev confesses he doesn’t learn all GT’s great lessons, but vows to make amends this month.
I read every word in GT every month, but somehow rarely get round to going through it musically. So, one of the people that should get the most out of it doesn’t, because we move straight onto the next issue. Plus I gig, and I also want to get away from ‘work’ when I get home (excuses!).
But a couple of features this issue caught my eye that I do intend to try - one because I’ve wanted to for years, and the other since my playing could seriously do with it.
I don’t currently own a nylon-string guitar, but used to use one as my main ‘sofa’ instrument - I learnt all my Stevie Wonder songs on it! Jason acquired a lovely one recently though, so I’m thinking how lovely it would be to spend the remaining winter nights going though our big Go Latin feature. I know a few Jobim songs and have that chord vocabulary lurking in the back of my brain, so to get more deeply into the whole South american thing is most appealing - plus it will give me an excuse to go GaSsing after a new instrument (I’ve already done a bit of preliminary trawling!). The other article is richard Barrett’s Technique Makeover. I did a video for Guitarist with richard recently, and he’s such a clean and articulate player that my fretboard fumblings felt somewhat agricultural next to his fleet-fingeredness, economic use of movement and an ability to leap from rest to a sprint in milliseconds. richard is right on when he says in the feature how small tweaks in all playing departments can add up to real gains in the longer run. It’s a bit like oiling your bike, pumping up the tyres, tightening the chain, angling the saddle and handlebars just right, and gaining another five miles an hour as a result. I don’t even have a bike - but you know what I mean! enjoy the issue, and do let me know if these features worked for you.