Total Guitar August 2021

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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It’s been a long time coming, but live music is beginning to return. Rehearsal rooms are opening for business, bands are booking tours, and, at a grassroots level, live shows are once again happening and on the rise. Guitarists who used to gig regularly now face getting themselves gig-ready again, but what does that entail? Well, for me, my gear needs a little attention. Guitars benefit from regular setups, after all. Pedalboards need thorough checks for dead batteries, correct output levels, damaged patch cables, and if, like me, you’ve dismantled your ’board or bought new pedals during the pandemic, you’ll probably need to experiment to set them up again. With your rig up and running, there’s the issue of relearning your repertoire and getting your playing back up to speed too.…

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experimental. chaotic. fearless.

Math rock, experimental rock, post-punk: No one can actually decide what genre black midi are. You won’t be helped by looking at their influences either, because their influences are... everything. Their 2019 debut Schlagenheim made them hot property and earned a Mercury Prize nomination, but it was recorded almost entirely from jam sessions. The band felt it could have aged better, so their second album was made with one intention, as singer/guitarist Geordie Greep told The Quietus: “This time, let’s make something that is actually good.” Cavalcade delivers on this goal. Along with Squid, black midi are at the forefront of a movement of fearlessly experimental bands, unshackled by conventional song structures and unafraid to improvise. With unexpected changes, it’s an album that rewards concentration. This is a band with a…

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“the lower the tuning, the bigger the riff!”

Jamie Hall grew up listening to everything from rave music to his father’s classic rock records, and on Tigercub’s new album As Blue As Indigo, he takes a heavy-handed approach to creating heavy-sounding riffs. As he puts it: “I hammer the living sh*t out of my instruments!” What does the new record say about you as a player today? This new record is not afraid to be heavy metal and to have a bit more flair and flamboyance with the playing. The whole thing has been a reappraisal for me of who I am and what I’m about: I like heavy riffs and I like good guitar players - and there’s nothing wrong with that! For you, what makes a good riff? The lower the tuning, the bigger the riff! There’s also a relationship…

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“i’d just plug-in, twist knobs and see what sounded good!”

Oscar Lang is a one-man writing, recording and producing machine. His debut album Chew The Scenerydelivers layers of jangly dream pop, strident fuzzy riffs and plenty of earworm melodies. But as he admits of his guitar playing: “I’m not as good as I should be!” What guitars are your favourites? Originally, I started playing because my Dad had a spare Squier Stratocaster that his mates had got him for his 50th birthday. So I started with that - a really simple red Squier Strat. It was on all of the old recordings and I still kind of love how it sounds. It sounds so cheap and sh*t that I just love it! Right after I signed, I bought a nice Fender Telecaster called Mary. She’s lovely! She’s got a matte, light blue…

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you could be mini

You know Friedman - the amp brand that has fuelled the stage and studio sound for many a legend. From Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains and Mastodon to Joe Bonamassa, George Lynch and Richie Sambora, to name just a few. One of the most revered of Dave Friedman’s creations comes in the form of the BE (short for Brown Eye) series. But there’s a gap between the BE OD pedal and the all-out assault of its BE 50 or BE 100 Deluxe heads. Until now, that is. Pictured here is the Friedman BE MINI: a shrunken tonemachine that encapsulates the renowned harmonics and punch as its bigger siblings. It’s 30-watts, with a solid state output section, but most importantly the BE MINI makes use of the same preamp circuitry as the…

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up close

BE pre Key to the BE series’ much-loved sound is the BE preamp. Here, the same circuit has been used to create rich harmonics and some top-level overdrive, just like the bigger BE amps. Controls There’s everything you’d expect - three-band EQ plus presence, preamp gain and output controls. But Friedman has also included tight and cut switches to help you craft your sound with even more detail. Connections As well as regular speaker outputs for sending your signal to a cab, there’s a series FX loop which (as well as plumbing-in effects) allows you to send the preamp signal to other amps, cab emulations and more.…