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Total Guitar September 2020

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

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Future Publishing Ltd
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Monthly
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1 Min.
welcome…

20 years is a long time in music. Back in 2000, Metallica suing Napster was an ominous portent for the music industry. Grunge gave way to post-grunge, nu-metal was in its heyday and a massive garage rock revival was underway. A fresh-faced Coldplay were cool and a relatively unknown band called Muse had begun to make waves with their debut. Eight-string guitars were rare and expensive, and digital modelling was in its infancy. Fast forward to 2020 and much has changed. Million-dollar record deals are rare. We make studio-quality music on laptops and phones in our living rooms and we can listen to all the music in the world wherever we are – for free! Small wonder then that music has evolved so much in that time, too. Bands like Haken,…

10 Min.
man of the world

Kirk Hammett knew that paying visit to Peter Green was the right thing to do, and yet the Metallica guitarist couldn’t shake the feeling that it could all go wrong. As “the caretaker” of Peter Green’s stage-weathered 1959 Gibson Les Paul, aka Greeny, the famous ’Burst with a magical tone secret that Green sold to the late Gary Moore in 1970 for $300, Hammett felt it in his bones. He would visit the former Bluesbreaker and Fleetwood Mac guitarist at Green’s home in the Isle of Dogs, London. He would take Greeny, pay his dues, and talk shop with the player whose preternaturally gifted feel and tone gave BB King “the cold sweats” and set the benchmark for British blues. And yet the whole idea was giving him the heebie…

3 Min.
peter green

When great musicians pass away, the adoration of fans is crystallised into an outpouring of affection, and we remember them through their life’s work, the music they recorded. The death of Peter Green in July this year was felt deeply in the guitar community. First coming to fame as Eric Clapton’s replacement in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Peter would go on to form Fleetwood Mac in 1967 – a pure blues-rock band, long before the pop/rock reinvention with Lindsey Buckingham in the 70s. A true guitar legend, Peter influenced leagues of players, both contemporaries and those who followed his late-60s heyday with Mac. As for the hallowed status of the ‘Greeny’ Les Paul, currently under the care of Kirk Hammett... Well, we should remind ourselves that it’s iconic only because it belonged…

1 Min.
bring me the horizon

Formed in Sheffield in 2004, Bring Me The Horizon are one of the UK’s most successful metal acts, with six albums and two Grammy nominations under their belts. Inspired by the 1998 survival horror PlayStation game of the same name, Parasite Eve has an electronic rock sound with industrial influences from Mick Gordon (of Doom Eternal soundtrack fame) in the production style. The song is said to be part of a string of forthcoming BMTH releases entitled Post Human, the first of which is expected later this year. Guitarist Lee Malia plays the song in C standard tuning (C F B b E b G C) – so every string is tuned two tones down. Start by picking the sixth string while tapping your foot every four notes, making sure your foot and…

27 Min.
the greatest guitar songs of the 21st century

Welcome to TG’s rundown of the greatest guitar songs from the last couple of decades. Before we begin, let’s explain how it works… It’s not an exhaustive list! We agonised over presenting our favourite songs whilst also covering some major trends in guitar music. We’ve generally shied away from shred and instrumental music, save for a few notable exceptions. Of course, one person’s ‘greatest’ is another’s ‘ghastliest’. For us, the measure of greatness is wide open, especially as we’re talking about songs and not necessarily virtuoso guitar playing. Some songs may be innovative in their use of effects. Others represent a breakthrough point in a band’s career. Some are big hits; others are lesser-known cuts. And some might just hit a note of nostalgia! Finally, make sure to check out our YouTube video…

1 Min.
revolution is my name pantera

Video: bit.ly/tg336video Appearing on Pantera’s final studio album (and the only one they would release in the 21st century) Reinventing The Steel, this is among the band’s best-known songs. We’ve tuned to DGCFAD for in our play-through of the main riff, but if you want to jam along to the original recording, note that Dimebag Darrell would detune by a further quarter-tone. Remember that the song is in 12/8 time – so count ‘1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4 & a’ to keep time and emphasise the notes on the numbers to generate a pulse. The first two bars of music follow this rhythm exactly, with a note on every number, ‘&’ and ‘a’. Bar 3 is a pretty tough one to master because there are six evenly-spaced notes.…