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Total Guitar April 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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We could have named this month’s issue ‘Become a better guitarist’, because defining yourself as either a rhythm or lead player is an easy trap to fall into. No doubt some of us consider ourselves to be stronger at one than the other, but there’s also plenty of crossover between the two. Skills that apply to one will definitely benefit the other and, indeed, the two are certainly not mutually exclusive. Just take a look at legendary lone guitarists like Jimmy Page, Hendrix, Andy Summers, The Edge, Clapton, Tom Morello and many, many more who have combined rhythm and lead techniques to create a huge sound within their bands for the proof. So this month we’re taking a look at each side of the coin to show you how to…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD Stuck in his nest during a bout of icy weather, Birdman took off his feathery mittens and passed the time playing bass. Chris is often heard playing grunge covers and emulating Jeff Ament’s 12-string Hamer with an EHX Nano POG, but, with Maiden, Clapton and Goo Goo Dolls on the menu, TG’s very own CD provided ample entertainment. MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN This issue’s baritone round-up has Mike jonesing for a bari to call his own. “Sometimes going lower takes you higher,” our resident gear sage tells us, in a rare moment of rig-based profundity. Plus, it’s an essential piece of kit if you’re going to tackle the surf guitar line in Ricky Martin opus, Livin’ La Vida Loca! ROB LAING The plight of the rhythm guitarist is something that Rob feels keenly. Underrated and…

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pro active

While attention was focused on Fender’s American Original and Parallel Universe lines, Squier quietly unveiled some tasty new electrics for 2018, most notably the Contemporary Series, whose flagship is the Active Stratocaster HH that adorns these very pages. As you’ll note, it’s a departure from traditional Strat stylings, boasting a Floyd Rose locking vibrato, active humbuckers and a very-cool reverse headstock. It also possesses a lightweight poplar body, available in Olympic White or Flat Black. None of those features exactly scream ‘contemporary’ to us, but regardless of the name, this is a very nicely spec’d Strat indeed, especially given its £420 price tag. Here’s why it’s got us developing a fresh need for speed… UP CLOSE Pickups Squier’s own-brand active humbuckers are onboard here, and their output is running hot Floyd Rose Duck, dip, dive…

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EVENT GUITARIST OF THE YEAR Attention all players - TG needs you! We’re on the hunt for the best new guitar talent and if you’re reading this you’re already one step closer to lifting the trophy and walking away with a prize booty from the top names in guitars. Past winners of Guitarist Of The Year include Guthrie Govan and Roger Waters guitarist Dave Kilminster so this could well be your springboard to greatness! We’re working alongside our sister titles Guitarist, Guitar Techniques and MusicRadar.com to find our 2018 Guitarist Of The Year, Young Guitarist Of The Year and Acoustic Guitarist Of The year at our new UK Guitar Show on 28 and 29 September. There will be lots more details on the show soon. So how do you get involved? It’s simple. Upload a…

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five minutes alone joe trohman

IF YOU HAVE A STYLE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH, TRUST IT... IT’S SO EASY TO QUESTION YOURSELF I got my first real six-string… “I originally played trombone in the school band but I wanted to play guitar. I was a bad student, so at 10 my dad said, ‘If you get all Bs, I will buy you a guitar!’ So I got a Harmony-Barclay Bobcat with a matching amp, probably costing around $50 for both! Junk guitars are very cool now but I wanted a real guitar like a Strat copy, so I moved onto a Squier.” There goes my hero “I was lucky to grow up in the 90s, with all those brilliant rock bands dominating the radio – from Smashing Pumpkins to Nirvana, The Jesus Lizard and Soundgarden… but when I got…

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MY FAVOURITE PLAYERS HAVE BALLS, MAN. WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THEM, YOU FEEL POWER... LA band Starcrawler take classic rock showmanship, punk attack and the fingernail grit of their Tinseltown forbears and present it within stinking proximity of your face. Henri Cash is the beaming, whirling dervish at the heart of their powerful sound. “I’ve always been inspired by guitar players who aren’t just standing there,” says Henri. “Except Johnny Ramone, who’s in the power stance and that’s powerful in itself! But when you see Brian Setzer jump up on the kick drum and play this rad rockabilly solo, you want to do that – it’s more intriguing for somebody who doesn’t play music to watch that.” That’s not to say Starcrawler are all style and no substance. Henri has previously indulged extensive…