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

We could have named this month’s is­sue ‘Be­come a bet­ter gui­tarist’, be­cause defin­ing your­self as ei­ther a rhythm or lead player is an easy trap to fall into. No doubt some of us con­sider our­selves to be stronger at one than the other, but there’s also plenty of cross­over be­tween the two. Skills that ap­ply to one will def­i­nitely ben­e­fit the other and, in­deed, the two are cer­tainly not mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive. Just take a look at leg­endary lone gui­tarists like Jimmy Page, Hen­drix, Andy Sum­mers, The Edge, Clap­ton, Tom Morello and many, many more who have com­bined rhythm and lead tech­niques to create a huge sound within their bands for the proof. So this month we’re tak­ing a look at each side of the coin to show you how to im­prove at both, while learn­ing to blur the lines be­tween the two.

Else­where, we’ve lined up the usual stellar mix of songs to learn, tips and lessons, the hottest new gear and in­sight from play­ers.

We’ll see you next month!

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