LES­SONS IN­TRO­DUC­TION

Les­sons from the world’s great­est teach­ers and schools...

Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS -

Mu­sic edi­tor Ja­son Sid­well rounds up an­other ac­tion-packed les­sons sec­tion.

Our cover star Mark Knopfler demon­strates many of the at­tributes found in a 360° gui­tarist; he can seem­ingly do ev­ery­thing. Fame and for­tune may have been the re­sult of his mu­sic but the gui­tar is where his real trea­sure chest lies. With his trade­mark fin­ger­pick­ing he has em­braced many styles and gui­tars to create iconic mo­ments in mu­sic: clean Strat chords and quick­ity-lick leads (Sul­tans Of Swing), thick Les Paul riffs (Money For Noth­ing) and lead melodies (Brothers In Arms), Na­tional pick­ing (Romeo and Juliet) and cin­e­matic ny­lon-string phrases (Pri­vate In­ves­ti­ga­tions). It takes a cu­ri­ous mind and much play­ing to be so creative across such a broad stylis­tic pal­ette, let alone to create mu­sic that pleases as many lis­ten­ers as Knopfler has dur­ing his ca­reer.

We ap­pre­ci­ate all mu­sic styles which in turn re­sults in les­sons that aim to make you an able gui­tarist and a flex­i­ble mu­si­cian. You’ll see it this is­sue from the Knopfler anal­y­sis to the mul­ti­tude of creative whammy bar ap­proaches, a spir­ited Strat solo from Carl Ver­heyen to an ex­quis­ite solo gui­tar ar­range­ment of Bellini’s Norma Casta Diva (you may have heard it via Jean Paul Gaultier ad­verts). Now you’re about to en­ter the Learn­ing Zone, there’s even more to mull over; short licks and riffs, Eric Gales-styled blues solo­ing, Bryan Adams riffy rock­ing, Martin Tay­lor jazz solo­ing, Pete Town­shend chordal acous­tic work, slick jazz-rock Mixoly­dian and Pen­ta­tonic solo­ing, Mick Tay­lor slide play­ing, Ly­dian scale in­ter­val­lic ex­er­cises and rip­pling 50s/60s styled arpeggios. All in, it’s a huge amount of ma­te­rial to get through - the typ­i­cal reader can take many months to ab­sorb each is­sue - so it’s worth­while zon­ing in on ar­eas that ei­ther in­ter­est you the most or in­deed prove the most ben­e­fi­cial to your present sit­u­a­tion. Be it hy­brid-pick­ing chords or ac­com­mo­dat­ing large in­ter­val­lic jumps when solo­ing, we rec­om­mend pri­ori­tis­ing your time over the com­ing weeks (half an hour a night should get you started) to get the most out of these les­sons and your creative play­ing. En­joy the is­sue!

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