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August 2019

Total Guitar is Europe’s best-selling guitar magazine, crammed full of songs to learn plus backing tracks. From the latest metal and indie hits to classic rock from the likes of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, TG has more songs than ANY other guitar magazine!. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

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Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt once told me how important he thought it was for all guitarists to play acoustic guitar. Because it is different. He pointed out the strumming skills you can take back to your electric that might seem obvious and ‘basic’ but are easily overlooked. Playing acoustic definitely exposes us as guitar players, and I’ve talked to quite a few musicians over the years who maintain that the songs they write have to pass the test of working acoustically first to know if they’re keepers or not. But it’s also a world of sounds you can take with you anywhere you go. I’ve recently gone back to playing acoustic more for both an upcoming wedding gig and our Gear Diary (p104) and realised how much I missed the purity of…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD Shunning the acoustic theme, Chris decided to stay plugged in, writing and recording audio for this month’s Getting Started With lesson on twin-lead guitar (p20). With all you need to get familiar with the basics under your belt, why not try out Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter’s harmony licks in our full transcription of Steely Dan’s classic jazz-rock track, Reelin’ In The Years? MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN Polyphia have certainly divided the six-string world, but one thing’s for sure: those guys can play the hell out of the electric guitar. Mike found himself inspired by his encounter with the duo, as well as the gig that followed, which saw audiences of all ages and genres congregate at the altar of cutting-edge shred. OLLY CURTIS As well as getting out and about photographing Polyphia and Behemoth for this…

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total guitar

EDITORIAL Editor: Rob Laing Group Art Director: Graham Dalzell Senior Music Editor: Jason Sidwell Guitars Feature & Tuition Editor: Chris Bird Content Manager, Guitars, Musicradar.com: Michael Astley-Brown Music Co-ordinators: Zoe Maughan, Natalie Beilby CONTRIBUTORS Richard Barrett, Jack Ellis, Neil Godwin, Charlie Griffiths, Nick Guppy, Catherine Hood, Jonathan Horsley, Stephen Kelly, Alex Lynham, Matthew Parker, Alison Richter, Amit Sharma Music Engraver: Simon Troup Photography: Olly Curtis, Neil Godwin, Joby Sessions, James Sharrock ADVERTISING Phone: 01225 442244Fax: 01225 732285 Director of Agency Sales: Matt Downs, matt.downs@futurenet.com Commercial Sales Director: Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com Advertising Sales Director: Lara Jaggon lara.jaggon@futurenet.com Account Sales Directors:Alison Watson alison.watson@futurenet.com; Steven Pyatt steve.pyatt@futurenet.com; Guy Meredith guy.meredith@futurenet.com MARKETING Head Of Marketing: Sharon Todd Subscriptions Marketing Manager: Tom Cooper PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION Production Controller: Frances Twentyman Head of Production UK & US:Mark Constance Printed in the UK by: William Gibbons & Sons Ltd on behalf of Future Distributed by: Marketforce, 2nd Floor, 5 Churchill…

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aria grande

Players of a certain age may recall spotting the name Aria on the headstocks of affordable Strat and Les Paul-style guitars, but the Japanese company has a long history of its own designs - once counting the likes of Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen and Neal Schon among its endorsees. This year sees the release of the affordable 714-MK2, which pays tribute to one of the company’s longest-running models, the Fullerton, but brings the format bang up to date with a number of boutique twists. Lurking beneath the distinctive sweeping scratchplate, there’s that eye-catching flame maple top, as well as a roasted maple neck and fingerboard, plus a Wilkinson tremolo. Incredibly, the price tag is £329, which delivers a lot of spec for the money……

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EVENT Tech Fest Tech Fest is continuing its commitment to workshops alongside performances this year with a programme including Andy James, our recent On The Up star Felix Martin, Olly Steele and Strandberg Guitars guru Ola Strandberg, who will host a Q&A session. Line 6 gear will also be available to demo so you can find out first-hand just how good Helix is. The company is sponsoring the festival’s main stage too. Acts this year include Leprous, Jon Gomm, Palm Reader, Monuments and Swedish outfit Vildhjarta. uktechfest.com WHEN 4-8 July EVENT Radar Love Tired of rain-soaked mud? A new indoor festival in Surrey is seeking to showcase ‘forward-thinking guitar-led’ music when it comes to Guildford in August. With two stages over two days, headliners are Monuments featuring John Browne and Olly Steele, Rabea Massaad’s (pic above)…

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five of the best

1. Wouldn’t You Rather Alter Bridge The first cut from October’s Walk The Sky album is a beefy beauty! 2. Unleashed Killswitch Engage The relatively long wait for the metalcore masters’ return will be worth it – this is prime KSE with twin-lead melodies topped by a dynamic and ferocious impassioned vocal from Jesse Leach. 3. The Mother Road Chelsea Wolfe As she suggested to us last year, Wolfe’s next album is indeed more acoustic but certainly not traditional as this ode to road life attests. 4. Cherub Rock Smashing Pumpkins Seeing Corgan, Iha and Schroeder at the (very muddy) Download festival last month inspired us to dig out our Big Muff fuzz and set it to stun. 5. Shockwave Liam Gallagher The writing team of Andrew Wyatt, engineer and Oasis producer Mark ‘Spike’ Stent and producer Greg Kurstin are clearly a winning combination…