SOLO GUITAR COLUMN
Hello from ‘across the pond’ in the USA, specifically the city of Dayton, in the state of Ohio! I really enjoy reading (and playing) Guitar Techniques magazine. My favourite parts are the classical, jazz, and blues columns each month, and I especially enjoyed the series on Tim Lerch last year. I have a question for you: Do you think there would be enough interest to have a Solo Guitar column? It could feature a variety of players, such as Tim Lerch, Martin Taylor, Chet Atkins, Ted Greene, Tommy Emmanuel, Muriel Anderson, etc, in a variety of styles (basically anything that’s intended to be played unaccompanied). Thank you very much for the great magazine!
Hi Toby. Greetings back to you. We love your idea. Tim Lerch’s video column went down a treat when we ran it a while back, and I feel many guitarists would love to get a few solo party pieces under their belts. As a breed we’re not great at being self-sufficient musicians – Roger Newell (of this parish) used to play in Rick Wakeman’s English Rock Ensemble on all those mega ‘70s albums and tours, and he said that even after a two-hour show Rick would get back to the hotel, commandeer the grand piano and enthrall everyone for hours playing everything under the sun. The great thing about your suggestion is that it’s ‘style neutral’ so anything we can play on one guitar is fair game – doesn’t have to be difficult, either. Fantastic!
Tim Lerch: a great series on solo guitar