HINTS AND TIPS?

Guitar Techniques - - TALK BACK -

I’m 25 and teach mu­sic part time at high school, and gig fairly reg­u­larly in some pro­duc­tion shows and do some ‘gun for hire’ gigs around town. Through these ex­pe­ri­ences, I have got­ten to know and work with one of Aus­tralia’s pre­mier ses­sion gui­tarists who is cur­rently mix­ing my band’s orig­i­nal al­bum.

While record­ing, there were some songs which I felt that what I was play­ing wasn’t work­ing for the song, or couldn’t find the right ap­proach. And so, in an ef­fort to keep the project rolling, I put in a call to my gui­tarist friend and asked if he would have a go. He obliged and we went to his stu­dio for him to lay down some tracks.

One of the dif­fi­cul­ties I was hav­ing with a par­tic­u­lar song was with the rhythm part. It sounded clunky and too bulky. He had a lis­ten and within mo­ments found the is­sue. He said, “Ah, you see this chord shape you’re play­ing, take the 3rd out of it. In this po­si­tion the 3rd is al­ways a lit­tle bit out of tune”. He then re­played my rhythm part with the new shape (same ‘F’ shape at the 5th fret but with the third string muted) and it im­me­di­ately sounded clearer. This ad­vice was not learnt in a book, but was the re­sult of years of ex­pe­ri­ence. I think de­tails like this help to take some­one’s play­ing to the next level.

This got me think­ing if GT would con­sider do­ing a col­umn on tips like this? Pos­si­bly where all of the tu­tors could add ei­ther a prac­ti­cal, the­o­ret­i­cal, gig, record­ing or gear re­lated tip from their ex­pe­ri­ences. I know GT did some­thing sim­i­lar in is­sue 200 (I’ve been a sub­scriber since is­sue 119!) but I just thought my above ex­pe­ri­ence was worth shar­ing and that maybe some­thing like a tips col­umn could be fea­tured more reg­u­larly if pos­si­ble.

Thank you very much for all of the won­der­ful ar­ti­cles so far and keep up the phe­nom­e­nal work.

Ross, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

A great let­ter, Ross (even if I had to edit it back a bit!). And in­deed a very good point well made. It’s in­cred­i­ble what years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the stu­dio and in­deed play­ing live can give us. That 200 Tips is­sue was great fun to do, and we have in­deed pon­dered ways to in­cor­po­rate sim­i­lar ideas on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis. Even a half-page col­umn in Front End might be a great place to in­clude tips from our fab­u­lous ros­ter of play­ers and friends.

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