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Guitar Techniques

July 2021
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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

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in deze editie

2 min.
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. RICHARD BARRETT Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist Richie has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keeting, and is currently working on his own album. 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. JON BISHOP Jon is one of those great all-rounders who can turn his hand to almost any style. He’s also rock legend Shakin’ Stevens’ touring and recording guitarist. MARTIN COOPER A tutor at BIMM Brighton, Martin’s Rock columns show an incredible breadth of technique and style. His 2006 album State Of The Union is out on iTunes. CHARLIE GRIFFITHS Guitar…

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AFTER MORE THAN a year of no gigs, and with the end of lockdown hopefully in sight, I’m sure there will be many out there (including me) wondering what playing live again will be like. Will my amp still work? Do my guitars need a service? Can my hands actually stand an evening’s sustained playing? Are my chops still there? So many questions, each as valid as the other. I’ve spoken to loads of musicians about it, and while each one was gagging to get ‘back on the horse’, as it were, they have all stated similar fears to those above. I’d imagine that the really big bands, those with seriously deep pockets, will book into professional rehearsal studios for a fortnight, to reacquaint themselves with their songs, relearn their stagecraft, and…

1 min.
don’t miss 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 two 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.…

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gt user guide

READ MUSIC Each transcription is broken down into two parts... MUSICAL STAVE The five horizontal lines for music notation show note pitches and rhythms and are divided by bar lines. TAB Under the musical stave, Tab is an aid to show you where to put your fingers on the fretboard. The six horizontal lines represent the six strings on a guitar – the numbers on the strings are fret numbers. GUITAR TECHNIQUES: HOW THEY APPEAR IN WRITTEN MUSIC... PICKING Up and down picking • The first note is to be down-picked and the last note is to be up-picked. Tremolo picking • Each of the four notes are to be alternate picked (down-& up-picked) very rapidly and continuously. Palm muting • Palm mute by resting the edge of picking-hand’s palm on the strings near the bridge. Pick rake • Drag the pick across…

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food for thought

In the last instalment we got into some musical statistics and how you can play the odds in your favour when improvising with the Major scale. This month I’d like to hit on the blues. I’ve been teaching the idea of improvising on a 12-bar blues for over 30 years now, and must have taught the Minor Pentatonic a thousand times. And there’s this funny event that happens in maybe 20-30% of students. Usually, I teach the A Minor Pentatonic after a student has learned to play a 12-bar shuffle. I teach them the regular fingering using first, third and fourth fingers and send them off to memorise and practise it for a week before trying to improvise with it. The most commonly taught fingering is using first and fourth fingers on the…

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session shenanigans

It seems from the available evidence that Homo Sapiens Mark 1 is not without one or two key design faults. Sadly, we still await a software update that addresses important security and operating issues, unlike any smartphone that justifies the prefix. I’m referring to the human inability to learn from mistakes. So I take pleasure in reporting that on one occasion early in my travails as a recording roustabout, I bucked this trend, to commercial advantage. Back then, when TV ‘jingle’ sessions were an actual thing, I was invited to perform on a 30-second item, most likely in order to sell cat litter or toilet cleaner. Maybe both. The sticking point was the enquiry “You do play flamenco guitar don’t you?” With heavy heart and suicidal artistic integrity, I found myself…