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Total Guitar February 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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Okay, let’s be honest with each other now – who has given up making New Year’s resolutions? I’ll admit it, I’ve been burned by my own lack of commitment many a time as my January promises break like an E string in an encore. But the desire to start every year strong is still there when it comes to my relationship with the guitar. I’m not alone; we all want to get better at this instrument. Being realistic and clear in your mind is a pretty good place to start when it comes to a best-foot-forward approach as this year kicks off: what areas do you want to improve in and how will you begin? Our workout (on p48) hones in on that kind of thinking – from picking techniques and…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD After many hours spent designing this month’s huge 2019 Workout, TG’s tuition editor noted the fitting coincidence that Gn’R’s Sweet Child O’ Mine should be tabbed in the same issue. Slash’s timeless intro began life as a pre-gig warm-up. Proof indeed that a little time spent honing your technique may be all the riff-spiration you need. MIKE ASTLEY-BROWN He’s played more than his fair share of Strats, but MAB has been tickled pink by Fender’s new American Performer incarnation. “Give me neck single coils in every position, all the time,” he raved. His newfound love of baritones shows no sign of abating following an intense gear chat with low-tuning mage Emma Ruth Rundle. JONATHAN HORSLEY It’s not that TG’s writer is nursing a turn-of-the-year existential crisis where his playing is concerned, but in…

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green light

PRS’s line of SE acoustics was one of last year’s gear highlights, and for 2019, Mr Smith has given them an eye-catching makeover. This here is the SE A55E, most notable for its Abaco Green-stained quilted maple sides – certain to get you noticed at your next gig. It’s got the tonal credentials, too: a solid Sitka spruce top is matched to PRS’s hybrid X/Classical bracing, which allow for maximum vibration and projection. The tasty wood choices continue with ebony providing the fretboard and bridge, while there’s a bone nut and saddle – and, of course, PRS’s love-’em-or-hate-’em bird inlays and distinctive headstock shape. A mere £829 secures you this distinctive-looking cutaway, complete with hardshell case. Here’s a closer look……

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AUCTION Ups and Downing Former Judas Priest guitarist K K Downing may have mixed feelings about auctioning some of his most iconic gear at Bonhams last month, but some of it smashed its estimated value. The 1967 Gibson Flying V (pictured), used on landmark Judas Priest albums between 1976’s Sad Wings Of Destiny and 1981’s Point Of Entry, sold for $150,000 – its estimate was £15-18,000. His 1971 Flying V Medallion sold for £81,250. Other items auctioned included Downing’s late 70s/early 80s pedalboard (£12,500), Marshall heads and a 1965 Strat (£13,500). NEWS Toxic Crusader The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy thinks that it’s women who are making the most interesting guitar music right now. “White men shouting has been done so many times and the interesting perspective in punk is where women are,” he told the…

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five minutes alone dan donegan

Hammer time “ALL THE GOOD CLUBS, ALL THE HISTORIC PLACES IN CHICAGO DIDN’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH US” “For me, working outside as a carpenter building houses every Chicago winter would be miserable! It was a great trade to learn and there’s a great living from it but it’s something that I knew I didn’t want to do forever. We all had pretty good career jobs but it wasn’t what we wanted. It has always been music for us. We’ve always had that work ethic. I think there’s something that comes from that Midwest, blue-collar ethic of, ‘Get off your butt and go to work. Go do things!’” The sound of the suburbs “All the good clubs, all the historic places in Chicago didn’t want to have anything to do with us. The…

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on the up

PIJN Sonic sorrows and cathartic samples Manchester band Pijn (pronounced ‘pine’) have made a dark, progressive debut album, Loss, about grief. “I’ve always tried to take whatever negative stuff that happens and turn it into something; that’s my view of art,” explains guitarist Joe Clayton of the record’s concept. “But it was a topic that everyone around us had something to contribute to – and not just the musicians. We felt, ‘If we’re getting so much from it, then everyone could contribute to it.’” As such, the band invited contributions from anyone experiencing grief, offering them the chance to share experiences and make something positive from their loss. “We had quite a difficult few weeks getting hit repeatedly day after day with the worst things people had been through,” admits Joe. “It felt…