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

Ever since we switched to the (then) new-look TG, we’ve made it our mis­sion to try and help gui­tar play­ers ev­ery­where to over­come their play­ing hur­dles. Chords is one of the big­gest, mainly because it’s so easy to get stuck on a few util­i­tar­ian chord shapes to get by. How­ever, as with ev­ery­thing else, we want to give you read­ers the in­for­ma­tion you need to go fur­ther and sound bet­ter with­out hav­ing to get bogged down with the bor­ing stuff. So this month, we’re tak­ing a look at how you can learn more chords and, more im­por­tantly, how to start us­ing them in your play­ing and when.

We’ve got a killer tab sec­tion this month, with clas­sics from Oa­sis, AC/DC and The Who, plus we show you how to play the iconic riff from REM’S Theoneilove. Elsewhere in the mag, we catch up with Myles Kennedy to hear about his new solo al­bum Yearof­thetiger,

Richie Kotzen sits down to im­part wis­dom on prac­tis­ing and his gen­eral gui­tar phi­los­o­phy, and we take a look around the triple­headed beast that is The Hold Steady’s rig.

Some of the most in­ter­est­ing prod­ucts at this year’s NAMM Show were amps and we have two of the hottest in this month’s mag. First there’s Marshall’s return to form in the shape of the vin­tage-in­spired Ori­gin 20, but if high-gain and crys­tal cleans is more your thing, make sure to check out the PRS Mark Tre­monti MT 15 on p96.

See you next time!

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