LESSONS IN­TRO­DUC­TION

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Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS -

Ja­son Sid­well ush­ers in yet an­other jam­packed Guitar Tech­niques lessons sec­tion.

There is a metaphor­i­cal say­ing that when one gets higher up, it’s im­por­tant to send the el­e­va­tor back down. A ‘pass it on’ men­tal­ity is not only good karma for the giver but also of real worth to the re­ceiver. All of us at GT have ben­e­fited from the ‘mu­si­cal el­e­va­tor’, ei­ther via a tu­tor or friend, mag­a­zine or web­site. The gui­tarist that has stopped learn­ing is a mu­si­cian that has stopped still. It is the essence of this el­e­va­tor anal­ogy that drives us to pro­vide you with di­verse and in­formed con­tent every month. Not only the big ‘catch all’ top­ics con­cern­ing tech­nique and the­ory, but also high­light­ing both iconic and niche guitarists who are wor­thy of anal­y­sis.

Talk­ing of guitarists, con­sider the Jazz col­umn this month (p72). Our res­i­dent Yoda of jazz, John Wheatcroft, has turned his spot­light on the of­ten over­looked UK gui­tarist, Tony Rémy. Tony has been on the scene for years and I re­mem­ber very well when in the heat of main­stream acid jazz - he re­leased his 1994 de­but al­bum on the GRP la­bel. Boof! was funky, jazzy and ur­ban. Tony had great chops and a guitar tone that could be soft or driv­ing. This was a mu­si­cian with in­flu­ences rang­ing from Miles Davis to Ste­vie Won­der, BB King to Mike Stern. Whereas Boof! put him on the map (GRP was one of the world’s most her­alded jazz la­bels so Tony’s sign­ing was re­ally some­thing), 1997’s Me­ta­mor­fol­low-G took his style up an­other level with a richer pro­duc­tion and ma­te­rial rang­ing from jack swing styled fu­sion to emo­tive bal­lads. In­deed, it was his cover of Ste­vie Won­der’s Spring High that in­spired me to per­form it in bands of my own. While Tony may well be a new name to you, please check out the mu­sic he has re­leased over the years as it’s so vi­brant. But first, work through John’s ex­am­ples as there is a world of colour to be en­joyed here. You may find your new Tony licks in­spire not only your next jam or live gig but also a friend who’s keen to catch his next mu­si­cal el­e­va­tor!

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