Total Guitar - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

One of the most com­mon frus­tra­tions with play­ing the gui­tar, par­tic­u­larly af­ter a while, is get­ting stuck with the same old pro­gres­sions and pat­terns. You can hear what you don’t want to sound like, but it’s not al­ways that easy to iden­tify ex­actly where to take your parts and so­los next. That of­ten comes down to one thing: vo­cab­u­lary. If you know the sort of thing you’re trying to say, but don’t know ex­actly which mu­si­cal ‘words’ to use to ex­press it, then wel­come to this month’s is­sue! In­side our cover fea­ture we’re go­ing to break­down seven of the most com­mon gui­tar-based styles in or­der to help you get the right words and flavours into your play­ing. We’ve made it as easy as pos­si­ble by not get­ting too bogged-down in the whys and where­fores, in­stead we’re go­ing to show you how to quickly adopt the in­for­ma­tion you need to get play­ing, and have fun!

I’m also pleased to an­nounce that since our last is­sue hit the shelves, we’ve recorded and re­leased the first episode of the To­tal

Gui­tar Pod­cast! Ev­ery is­sue, my­self and the fine fel­lows at the bot­tom of this page will sit down to dis­cuss what’s go­ing on in the gui­tar uni­verse, plus talk about the mag and give you some ad­di­tional in­sight into our world. We’ll be bring­ing you artist in­ter­views, gear news and a whole lot more! You can check out the first (and hope­fully sec­ond) episodes on itunes right now!

See you next time!

Stuart Wil­liams Edi­tor

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