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Mu­sic ed­i­tor Ja­son Sid­well in­tro­duces yet an­other thrilling lessons sec­tion.

We’re still rel­a­tively fresh into 2018 and for count­less gui­tarists it’s a year of new chal­lenges and aspirations. For them, it’s about de­vel­op­ment as a mu­si­cian, keen to tackle new ar­eas as well as to ex­pand on what they can al­ready do.

For some, de­vel­op­ment is about their re­la­tion­ship with a metronome, hon­ing tech­ni­cal pre­ci­sion and tempo ver­sa­til­ity. For oth­ers it’s about reper­toire, get­ting more songs mem­o­rised to play with mates and to au­di­ences. These are top­ics with a spe­cific start and end point; al­ter­nate-picked 16th notes at 160bpm; or play the whole ver­sion of Sweet Child O’ Mine. Tackle, de­velop and achieve then onto the next task.

Recog­ni­tion of de­vel­op­ment can be elu­sive though. There is a whole open field to be ex­plored that in­volves am­bigu­ous start points and maybe no end­ings. It’s about mu­si­cal vo­cab­u­lary flex­i­ble enough to ac­com­mo­date all man­ner of styles and sce­nar­ios. It can in­volve scale and chord knowl­edge, lick for­ma­tion, abil­ity to solo with flair, read from a chord chart (if not a full score) and var­i­ous other en­rich­ing pur­suits. It’s about in­vest­ing in your per­sonal mu­si­cal tool­box so it can cham­pion you, not fail you. How does one ac­knowl­edge de­vel­op­ment in these ar­eas? Are we ever re­ally done with play­ing over a dom­i­nant 7th in­fused blues? Do we ever voice chords sym­pa­thetic enough for a jazz stan­dard? Why are X, Y or Z player’s licks more ex­cit­ing than one’s own? And how do they make ‘wrong’ notes sound per­fectly suit­able in a solo? These are too big to cover in this ed­i­to­rial but if you’re any­thing like us or our friends and col­leagues, cu­rios­ity and de­vel­op­ment will never end. It’s hard wired in all of us that de­sire progress. That’s a good thing in our books. We fig­ure it is with you too. That’s why you’ve got Gui­tar Tech­niques in your hands now; the world’s most di­verse and stim­u­lat­ing gui­tar tu­ition mag­a­zine. So here’s to an out­stand­ing 2018 and lots of fo­cused de­vel­op­ment time with your favourite gui­tar and your es­sen­tial guide: GT!

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