Guitar Techniques - - ISSUE 288 NOVEMBER 2018 -

WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG you feel in­vin­ci­ble. There’s no ques­tion those lithe limbs and sin­u­ous torso, that can per­form vir­tu­ally any task pre­sented to them, could ever feel other­wise. But add a decade or two, plus the odd pie and pint to the equa­tion, and things take on a rather dif­fer­ent slant. It’s only nat­u­ral wear and tear but, as any war­ranty card will tell you, you get noth­ing for that.

So last month, in the knowl­edge that GT read­ers tend to take their play­ing a lit­tle more se­ri­ously than most, we thought a full warm-up rou­tine that dou­bled as a work-out would be handy. It looks to have gone down rather well. But so did the pre­vi­ous is­sue’s 50 Acous­tic Tips, so it seemed per­fect tim­ing to build on the warm-ups and work-outs with an­other 50 Tips fea­ture, this time for Elec­tric Mas­tery. The three fea­tures to­gether make one mon­ster course in strength and chops build­ing, both pump­ing up the the­ory and learn­ing new and in­ter­est­ing things.

We didn’t want these lessons to feel like square bash­ing; that’s fine for those mo­ments when you need to com­mit a spe­cific scale to your brain and mus­cle mem­ory; but for daily ‘gui­tar gym’ pur­poses it’s far bet­ter to play ac­tual mu­sic while hon­ing the technique safely (very im­por­tant with some of the scary stuff we give you), and also learn­ing things you can use in your day-to-day play­ing.

Like Quist, who brought you that amaz­ing warm-up rou­tine, Jon Bishop is both a busy tu­tor and a work­ing muso. It’s Jon that’s cre­ated this month’s cover fea­ture so you know it’s go­ing to tick all the right boxes. And even if you think your pick­ing is up to scratch, your bends per­fectly in pitch and your Pen­ta­ton­ics prop­erly pucker (I bet they’re not!), fol­low Jon’s tips rig­or­ously and you’ll def­i­nitely learn some­thing, and no­tice an all-round im­prove­ment too.

If you missed those ear­lier is­sues you can get them from www.myfavouritemagazines. co.uk in print and dig­i­tal form (it’s still only the iPad ver­sion that gives you the mov­ing tab synched to the au­dio, but we are work­ing on ways to get round that).

Any­way, do let me know if you’ve en­joyed these fea­tures as it helps us to know what other lessons to cre­ate.

See you next month!

Neville Marten, Ed­i­tor neville.marten@fu­turenet.com

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