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!