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Guitar Techniques

June 2019

Take the UK's foremost guitar teachers and players, and transfer their finesse and passion for music into a magazine! The magazine has established itself with guitarists who wish to better themselves as musicians in both the UK, Europe and as far afield as the USA and Hong Kong! When it comes to choosing music, GT's Abba to Zappa policy means that there's always something for everyone! Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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just a few of your regular gt technique experts...

SIMON BARNARD Simon is a graduate of ACM and The Guitar Institute, holding a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz. SHAUN BAXTER One of the UK’s most respected music educators, Shaun has taught many who are now top tutors themselves. His Jazz Metal album is considered a milestone. RICHARD BARRETT One of the finest blues and rock guitarist we know, Richard is a stalwart columnist for Total Guitar, Guitarist and GT. He’s also Tony Hadley’s touring six-stringer. JON BISHOP Jon is one of those great all-rounders who can turn his hand to almost any style. No ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’, he nails every one with ease!. MARTIN GOULDING…

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welcome from paul gilbert

I AM PAUL GILBERT. And I have important things to tell you. But first a quiz.Do you know why a D7 is called a D7? I didn’t. I had two years of music theory in high school, and the teacher never told us why a D7 is called a D7. I had a Beatles chord book with lots of D7 chords in it. It showed me where to put my fingers. But it didn’t tell me why a D7 is called a D7. Then I went to G.I.T. (I know, an unfortunate name, but the school was great.) And finally they taught me why a D7 is a called a D7.That discovery led to me going through ALL the chords I knew, to see what intervals they contained. My…

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check out our amazing digital edition

Tap the links Finding your way around the magazine is easy. Tapping the feature titles on the cover or the contents page, takes you straight to the relevant articles. Any web and email links in the text are tappable too! Animated tab & audio All the mag’s main lessons have the audio built in with a moving cursor that shows you exactly where you are in the music. Simply tap the ‘play’ button and you’re off - you can fast-forward or scroll back at will. Play the videos Certain articles have accompanying videos full of useful insight and additional information. Once again, tap the play buttons to enjoy video masterclasses on your iPad (recommended) or smartphone. DISC AUDIO (PRINT VERSION ONLY) Sometimes the…

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food for thought

Justin reviews two different ways to view the fretboard (TINA K) The CAGED vs three-notes-per-string systems debate is something I’m asked about all the time. So let’s see what they mean and then look at some pros and cons.Five-pattern system or CAGED This system (or 5P) looks at all the notes of a scale, then groups them around (C-A-G-E-D) chord shapes so the patterns fit closely around those shapes. This helps to see the ‘function’ of the notes, and scale steps are never more than a step away from a chord tone. With Major scales, you have three notes on most strings but on one string you would have just two. I teach a five-pattern system that works for me, so try my note positions and fingerings, explore the…

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session shenanigans

The problem with this new fangled rock and roll craze, is that it’s an aural thing. By which I mean it’s usually conceived, composed, and performed without recourse to the expense and inconvenience of manuscript paper and sundry accessories. Which is just dandy until it becomes necessary to ponder a guitar part that was once played spontaneously, without a care in the world. How well do I remember the exact opposite of this scenario, when for many years I performed on dozens of sessions for a highly successful composer where he would refer to me as ‘The King Of Funky Strum’, hand me a sheet of A4 containing a few chord symbols and a vague map of the tune and tell me to get on with it. All he…

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instrumental inquisition!

(ANDERS BRYNGEL) GT: What is it about instrumentals that appeals to you? Mattias: There is a vast freedom, playing, writing and listening to instrumental music. I do adore a good vocal tune but few things can trigger me like uncharted territory, when you go where you haven’t gone before and have no clue what’s lurking behind the corner. That’s instrumental music to me. GT: What can an instrumental provide that a vocal song can’t? Mattias: I’d say the human voice is a tough one to beat. There are few things that can grab the attention to the ear of a homo sapiens like vocal cords in action. However, there’s instrumental music that can give you the most astounding of vibes if you let it really get under your skin. Composing…