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Total Guitar December 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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1 Min.
welcome!

Us guitarists can disagree on many things – from digital modelling to the merits of Muse… the fact that we’re passionate about this instrument and the music it makes will inevitably lead to some strong opinions. But certain players, especially in their golden eras, seem to unite us all because there is a timeless quality to their music that we can all learn something from. David Gilmour is top of that class, the player who is name-checked most by the players we speak to because of the musical language of taste, tone and touch he embodies with his playing. But he’s not alone, and these are the qualities that have driven our other choices of melodic masters to study this issue; those capable of vocal-level emotion and expression in their…

1 Min.
making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD With our huge cover feature at the forefront of his mind, Chris has been flexing his own melodic muscles, writing and recording this month’s major scale tutorial for TG’s Getting Started With... Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, you can always learn something from paying attention to some essential basics. Turn to p22 for Chris’ lesson. MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN Ask MAB to name his fave albums of all time, and Frames by British prog geniuses Oceansize will invariably find its way into the Top 5. It was with unadulterated glee, then, that TG’s resident gear nerd sat down with former Oceansize leader Mike Vennart to discuss the rig that fuels his latest live wigouts. Read all about it on p28. AMIT SHARMA Speaking with clinic experts Ola Englund and Sithu Aye for…

1 Min.
electric avenues

Gamechanger Audio, the envelope-pushers responsible for the Plus sustain pedal, has finally released its latest offering, the Plasma Pedal. We’ve never seen a stompbox quite like this: rather than utilising LEDs, transistors or valves like most overdrives, the PP transforms your instrument’s live signal into a series of continuous high-voltage discharges within a xenon-filled tube – incredibly, these discharges are converted back into audio to produce a responsive, heavy distortion that promises to stand apart from the crowd aurally, as well as visually. Cunningly, because the pedal produces no output signal when the chain is broken, it features a natural noise gate when you’re not playing, too. The whole thing blows our mind a little bit, and it could wow you too for £269. Here’s how to ride the lightning… UP…

5 Min.
scene

EVENT GUITARIST OF THE YEAR 2018 Our UK Guitar Show in September saw a lot of great guitar action but the highlight was the return of the Guitarist Of The Year competition. The three categories and nine finalists flew in from around the world following the summer’s selection process that involved all-star judges including Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Tommy Emmanuel, Jon Gomm and Mark Tremonti. It proved to be such a showcase of great playing that it made our judge’s jobs even more difficult. YOUNG GUITARIST OF THE YEAR All three finalists on the Saturday of the show 15 and under with a range of ability that was, frankly, jaw-dropping. First up was 14-year-old Hunter Hallberg, whose inspiration was clear from the Ernie Ball Petrucci signature model he played. That he wrote his entry Jewel…

3 Min.
five minutes alone andy cairns

I got my first real six-string . . . “WHEN I LOOKED AT PEOPLE ON THE TV PLAYING GUITAR, I THOUGHT IT WAS PURE SORCERY” “I was 11 or 12. The happiest accident came when a neighbour of ours rapped the window one day and said, ‘Your son likes all that punky music that’s about. I’m going to throw this out but would he want this semi-acoustic guitar?’ I didn’t know how to play guitar. I was a trombonist in the school orchestra, so I could actually read music. But whenever I looked at people on the TV playing guitars I just thought what they did was pure sorcery.” A word for my idols “I’ve always had guitar heroes. When I was a kid, I could listen to and watch Geordie from Killing Joke…

4 Min.
on the up

POLYPHIA A true polyphonic spree Polyphony is the term given to a musical approach that simultaneously combines a number of parts, each of which forms an individual melody and harmonises with the others. The clue is in the name then for Texan progressives Polyphia, because this instrumental four-piece burn through ideas at a, frankly, alarming rate. “We subject ourselves to a lot of different types of music while writing an album,” says guitarist Scott LePage. “Anytime somebody has a suggestion for me I always check it out. You never really know what masterpiece you’re going to come up with… I really try to make sure I stay in the mindset of ‘nothing is off limits’.” WE’LL MAKE SOMETHING NEW OUT OF WHATEVER MUSIC IS OUT THERE AT THE TIME That approach has defined Polyphia since…