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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!

Toby McWil­liams.

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

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