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Total Guitar January 2018

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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As you read this, you’ll either be gearing up for the final days before Christmas, or hopefully be using some welcome free time just after! Many of us feel like we don’t have as much time as we’d like to play, but the Christmas break is perfect for grabbing your guitar and figuring out some stuff. That might be some techniques, songs, getting a bit more in depth with the gear you’ve owned for a while (or have newly acquired!). If that’s the case, then this month’s cover feature is for you: 15 lessons based around your gear and the features you may have overlooked but, most importantly, we’ve coupled them with technique lessons. So, give them a try and make your gear work for you! Sadly, as 2017 comes to…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD For much of this month, Chris has been widdling away, jamming along to Phil Capone’s transcription of Santana’s Black Magic Woman (turn to p64 to find the full tab). As a proud long-time PRS owner the big man has just the right guitar after all. “For my life, though, I can’t think why I didn’t opt for one with bird inlays”, he says. MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN This issue, Mike experimented with DigiTech’s cunning SDRUM pedal, which produces drum sounds from your guitar strums – a process that left his six-string brain discombobulated. Throw in some long looks of wonder at PRS’s updated – and hypnotic – Multi-Foil finish, and he was left in a proper gear-induced daze. ROB LAING It’s that festive time of year but Rob’s a little downbeat, losing two of his…

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foil play

Not content with giving nearly every model in its SE range a 2017 revamp, PRS has shaken things up once again for 2018 with the addition of new guitars and tweaks to existing formulas. Besides updated specs for the SE Custom 24 (including left-handed models!), the most striking is the Multi-Foil finished SE Standard 24, which you can see here in all its spangly glory. Originally offered as a PRS finish option in the late-80s, then known as ‘Multi-Metal’, the Multi-Foil is created by layering different finishes and there’s no mistaking its gritty, metallic rainbow effect. £879 grabs you one of these stunners, but it has more than just good looks to win you over… UP CLOSE 1 Pickups This year’s SE models are equipped with two 85/15 ‘S’ humbuckers, with enhanced high-…

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FILM SLOWHAND: THE MOVIE Anew documentary on Eric Clapton’s life will show the legend in a more revealing light than ever before, according to its Oscar-winning director. Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars tells the 72-year-old’s incredible story so far through his own words and those of his friends and iconic collaborators. And although Clapton would only agree to the film if his friend, director Lili Fini Zanuck (the award-winning producer of Driving Miss Daisy), helmed it, even she was surprised with what she learned. “The many hours of interviews I recorded with Eric turned out to be extraordinary,” she reveals. “Although we’ve been friends for 25 years I still chose not to make an assumption that I ‘knew’ him. I think that worked very well for both of us. We’re comfortable with…

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jerry douglas

“MY FIRST GUITAR WAS A SILVERTONE. IT WAS LIKE PLAYING A CHEESE GRATER...” The first cut is the deepest “My father had a really nice guitar when I was young but mine was not so good. My father had a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird then right after that he got a nice, old Martin D-28. But my guitar was a Silvertone. It was like playing a cheese grater, the strings were high and it hurt my fingers. I was about six or seven.” Dream on “I wanted my father’s guitar when I was a kid. I loved it, I loved the old brown Gibson case with the pink lining. I loved the smell of the polish, I still remember all of that. My father took me to see Flatt & Scruggs play in my hometown.…

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on the up

“I GO OUT THERE AND I PLAY AS LOUD AND AS HARD AS I CAN. I BEAT THE THING WITH MY FISTS...” SHAME The so-called snowflake generation gets frosty We’ve all played shows we’d describe as ‘character building’. Given south London post-punks Shame have more character than most, it makes sense, then, to hear their unique take on the Great British Identity Crisis so neatly represented by an early experience playing the genteel Richmond River Festival… “We saw ‘festival’ and were like, ‘Yes! We’re playing a festival!’” recalls guitarist Sean Coyle-Smith. “So we turn up and there’s all of these white chairs set out and old people bumbling about. You could get Cumberland sausages over the way!” The scene, somewhat at odds with the concrete brutalism and toilet-tag lyrics of Shame’s sound, soon placed…