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Total Guitar August 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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Even after several years on this mag it feels especially fitting to be moving into the role of editor for this acoustic issue. Because back in the day (aka the 90s), getting my old Yamaha dreadnought was a turning point for me as a player. I was disheartened after deciding I knew best as a beginner, wading into the deep end attempting to tackle my favourite Metallica songs on my brother’s Ibanez X Series without guitar lessons or guidance. Progress was slow, and I grew disheartened. But then I changed tack; discovering Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged, learning Come As You Are and buying a mate’s acoustic. Suddenly, I felt like I was getting somewhere. I was playing whole songs. Learning more chords I found in TG’s song transcriptions was a eureka…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD TG’s tuition editor has been busy recording the audio tracks for this month’s regular lessons. Tasked with explaining the Lydian mode in What The F (p26), Chris opted for a Joe Satriani style approach, tabbing out a simple arpeggio and a lead lick for you to try out. Less experienced players can learn the ropes of basic improvising on p22. MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN Our resident gear guru has been having quite a month; being one of the first to test Fender’s new Player Series (p98) before heading for a grunge pilgrimage to London for gigs from Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam on consecutive nights. He’s now returned to TG headquarters buzzing with inspiration. ALEX LYNHAM For this issue of TG, Alex has been busy, getting hands-on with the new Boss GT-1000 floorboard (p90),…

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special fx

Fractal Audio’s Axe-Fx processor changed the digital guitar game forever in the years following its launch in 2006, becoming a mainstay in recording studios and live backlines the world over. Now, the Axe-Fx III has arrived and serves up some mind-blowing specs, with processors twice as fast as the Axe-Fx II enabling near-limitless sonic options. A new routing grid of six rows and 14 columns offers the ability to chain up to six effects in parallel and even create four independent effects chains at the same time. Add in all-new modelling, plus a staggering 2,200+ cab models and 512 presets, and Fractal’s claim that “if you can dream it, the Axe-Fx III can do it” certainly has merit. You’ll have to wait until our review next issue to find out…

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RIP Danny Kirwan We were saddened to hear of the passing of former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and vocalist Danny Kirwan last month, aged 68. Kirwan joined Fleetwood Mac in 1968 and went on to contribute to four albums with the band after his first appearance alongside Peter Green on the No 1 single Albatross in 1969. When Green departed in 1970, Kirwan and guitarist Jeremy Spencer became principal songwriters for that year’s Kiln House before Kirwan took on a leading role as writer for 1971’s Future Games and 1972 album Bare Trees. ALBUM Deaf Tones Deaf Havana’s James Veck-Gilodi experimented with a new creative process for pop-embracing fifth album Rituals.He worked backwards; picking the song titles before writing. “It feels quite self-indulgent,” the frontman admits. “I understand that I might alienate some people who might not…

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dont miss…

Bloodstock WHEN 9–12 August bloodstock.uk.com Judas Priest, Gojira, At The Gates, Emperor, Cannibal Corpse… if you love metal and you’re not making your way to Derbyshire for this then you really should have a serious word with yourself, pronto. John Moreland WHEN 31 July-5 August johnmoreland.net The Tulsa-born American folk songwriter proves how powerful an honest voice and an acoustic can be in the right hands. Hear for yourself on these UK headline dates, plus Cambridge Folk Fest set. Downs Festival WHEN 1 September thedownsbristol.com The Modfather and The Chief unite! That’s Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher, by the way, who between them have a very heavy songbook of classics. Bristol’s Downs should be the perfect setting for their anthems with local heroes The Heavy, plus Orbital and Goldie also on the bill.…

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on the up

MY APPROACH WAS TO MAKE ECCENTRIC, MELODIC PROGRESSIVE TECH METAL ON THE EIGHT-STRING MASK OF JUDAS Behind the ‘Mask’ with complex and progressive session whizz Sam Bell Mask Of Judas are a unique, diverse metal band. They combine a djent-y riff spectrum with a dose of thrash and a brain-tangling touch of Petrucci-esque prog metal. It all calls for a unique, diverse guitarist. Enter session whiz Sam Bell – the UK group’s mastermind and founder member. “My approach with Mask Of Judas was to make eccentric, melodic progressive tech metal on the eight-string,” he tells TG, demonstrating the clarity of complex thought also common in his playing. “I wanted to do the tech thing, whilst keeping the structures quite pop… to treat that guitar like a piano.” The proof, as ever, is in the picking.…