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Guitarist - - Contents - Jamie Dick­son Edi­tor

With blaz­ing Au­gust melt­ing ev­ery­one’s minds like a lol­ly­pop, it’s hard to think for­ward to the cooler climes of au­tumn but ev­ery­one at Gui­tarist and our sis­ter mags Gui­tar Tech­niques and To­tal Gui­tar are do­ing just that as we gear up for host­ing the UK Gui­tar Show in Lon­don on 29-30 September (see page 28).

There’s some top-drawer at­trac­tions planned for the show, in­clud­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of Rory Gal­lagher’s gui­tars, a pan­theon of big-name gui­tar mak­ers from Fen­der to PRS all show­ing off their lat­est good­ies, plus live per­for­mances from stel­lar play­ers in­clud­ing Martin Simp­son, Misha Man­soor, Si­mon McBride and many more be­sides. For us mere mor­tals here at the mags, it means a re­turn to the re­hearsal rooms as Nev Martin, edi­tor of Gui­tar Tech­niques, Mick Tay­lor of That Pedal Show and I gear up to play a live homage to Cream and Hen­drix at the event. Please do come and join us – we’d love to see you and while we can’t prom­ise to equal the god­like ge­nius of Jimi and Clap­ton we al­ways have a good time when we gig this classic ma­te­rial, and we’ll en­joy say­ing hi to any of you who mo­sey down for a beer and a chat af­ter­wards.

Once that’s done, I’ve promised my­self I’ll lay down the 335 for a bit and bone up on my acous­tic tech­nique as we head into au­tumn proper. That’s partly in­spired by Gui­tarist’s re­cent visit to Martin, of course (see page 56), but also be­cause there’s some­thing re­ally sat­is­fy­ing about unplugged play­ing – noth­ing dis­tracts from or flat­ters what you play, the mu­sic is sim­ply what comes out of the wooden box at the bid­ding of your fin­gers. I’ve been get­ting lost in the record­ings of the late, great John Ren­bourn re­cently and mar­vel­ling at the sparkling stream of mu­sic that sprang from his acous­tic gui­tar. Some­times it’s im­por­tant to just set the GAS to one side and re-con­nect with the pure melody that got us all into gui­tar in the first place. If you want a good place to start, Richard Bar­rett’s Zeppelin-style acous­tic les­son in this month’s Blues Head­lines (see page 146) is a beauty. Hope you en­joy the is­sue and see you next time – or hope­fully in per­son in Lon­don!

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