Total Guitar - - EDITOR'S LETTER - Stu­art Wil­liams Ed­i­tor

They say the key to great com­edy is tim­ing, and the same is true for gui­tar! Think of your favourite gui­tarist – it doesn’t mat­ter who they are, even if they have the most blis­ter­ing lead licks imag­in­able, we’d put money on the fact that they have rhythm skills to match. It might not be as glam­orous, but rhythm gui­tar is the foun­da­tion of ev­ery­thing, and it’s what we spend 90 per cent of our time play­ing, too. This is­sue, we’re show­ing you how to hone your rhythm skills, re­gard­less of the style of mu­sic you play. By the end of our les­son, you should have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of tim­ing, de­vel­oped your pick­ing and fret­ting, and also in­creased your chord knowl­edge.

We’ve also in­tro­duced a new reg­u­lar this month. So many of us are us­ing mod­el­ling amps th­ese days, but with th­ese things grow­ing ever-more com­plex and so­phis­ti­cated, it seems like a great time to take a look back at the amps that in­spired the mod­els in­side. We’re kick­ing off with one that’s cel­e­brat­ing its 60th birth­day this year: the Vox AC30. While this clas­sic might be pick­ing up its bus pass, its still among the best-loved amps for clas­sic rock to punk for a rea­son. Turn to p28 to check it out, and if you have any re­quests, feel free to email us!

Else­where, we’ve lined up an­other killer list of songs for you to learn this month (The Bea­tles, George Ezra, Bon Jovi and Black Sab­bath), plus we’re stick­ing to our prom­ise of fea­tur­ing the best new af­ford­able gear out there with brand new re­leases from the likes of Jack­son, PRS, Fender, Line 6 and a whole lot more! En­joy the is­sue, we’ll see you next month!

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