Wel­come!

Total Guitar - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

Test­ing the new Boss Katana-air amp this is­sue (p96) has re­ally got me think­ing about my re­la­tion­ship with the gui­tar these days. It’s a desk­top combo that al­lows you to con­nect your gui­tar wire­lessly via a Blue­tooth trans­mit­ter - the idea is to make play­ing at home sim­pler. But even aside from that, the five amp chan­nels and over 50 ef­fects it of­fers brings a wealth of tone to your desk. We’ve never had it bet­ter as gui­tar play­ers in terms of ac­cess to sounds, so what’s the prob­lem?

Time. Find­ing the time to play has be­come an is­sue for me lately. Ironic, isn’t it? I work on a gui­tar mag­a­zine but with two young chil­dren and the mul­ti­tude of non-play­ing tasks in­volved in manag­ing and con­tribut­ing to the mag, I need to fight to carve out time to play away from work; to ex­per­i­ment with sounds and write songs – the things I love about the gui­tar. But it’s ac­tu­ally made my time in iso­la­tion play­ing even more pre­cious to me. Even pro mu­si­cian John But­ler (p38) told us that he of­ten has to play gui­tar late at night at home to make time for it. So the idea of max­imis­ing your pre­cious gui­tar mo­ments as play­ers was on our minds with this is­sue’s cover fea­ture – and we were think­ing of ex­ist­ing and new play­ers and how we can help any­one make big­ger steps for­ward in the prac­tice time they have. We hope our 30 var­ied lessons will keep you busy over the Christ­mas pe­riod and far be­yond!

Roblaing Ed­i­tor

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