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Just wanted to say thanks for (kind of) chang­ing my life. Back in ’95 I was heav­ily into SRV but stuck in the Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic. How­ever I found a new mag­a­zine in the small Swedish town I was liv­ing at that time. In it was an ar­ti­cle about Steve Vai’s style by Dave Kilmin­ster. It floored me. I had never heard about the Ly­dian scale and it was a real eye-opener. I stud­ied ev­ery ar­ti­cle in that is­sue and started to prac­tise sev­eral hours a day. I soon at­tended a one-year gui­tar course in Swe­den and started to get a lit­tle more knowl­edge. Af­ter that I moved to Lon­don and en­rolled at Mu­si­cians In­sti­tute in Wap­ping. What a great year. Won­der­ful tu­tors, great mu­si­cians from all over the world and a chance to play styles that were new to me. The great Eric Roche was a tu­tor and I stud­ied the same year as Ja­cob Quist­gaard (he was a mon­ster player and still is). Af­ter that I moved back to Swe­den and went to a gui­tar school in Stock­holm. When my studies were fin­ished I played gui­tar for a liv­ing for 12 years, recorded sev­eral albums, did ses­sions and even man­aged to get a Gui­tarist Of The Year award, which was handed over by Kee Mar­cello. When I was done with tour­ing I landed a teach­ing gig and have been a full-time gui­tar teacher since 2012. So once again thank you. I couldn’t have done it with­out GT. Mag­nus Åk­er­lund PS: Writ­ing a col­umn for GT is still on my bucket list! What a great tale, Mag­nus. You know, it’s been a decade since Eric died; Dave K is now play­ing with the leg­endary Roger Wa­ters; Guthrie is a ver­i­ta­ble gui­tar su­per­star and Ja­cob still writes for us (in be­tween tour­ing with Bryan Ferry). As far as writ­ing a col­umn, send an email to ja­son.sid­well@fu­ with an ex­am­ple of your work. We’re not look­ing for any­one at the mo­ment but it’s al­ways great to know there are those that could step in if needed. Thanks for be­ing such a loyal reader. Oh, and it was our plea­sure!

Dave Kilmin­ster was one of Gui­tar Tech­niques’ early con­trib­u­tors

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