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Total Guitar June 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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
CHF 33.91
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Ever since we switched to the (then) new-look TG, we’ve made it our mission to try and help guitar players everywhere to overcome their playing hurdles. Chords is one of the biggest, mainly because it’s so easy to get stuck on a few utilitarian chord shapes to get by. However, as with everything else, we want to give you readers the information you need to go further and sound better without having to get bogged down with the boring stuff. So this month, we’re taking a look at how you can learn more chords and, more importantly, how to start using them in your playing and when. We’ve got a killer tab section this month, with classics from Oasis, AC/DC and The Who, plus we show you how to play the…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD It’s been non-stop chords and rhythm for TG’s tuition editor. Bleary-eyed after laying out the chord boxes in our cover feature, Chris took a few minutes to jam along to Pete Townshend’s epic strummed chords in our Open-Mic Songbook track, Pinball Wizard (p86), before writing a lesson on funk basics (p24) . “Time for a KitKat”, says the big man. MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN Mike’s been busy wheeling and dealing to secure the first reviews of two of the most exciting amps to land this year: Marshall makes its triumphant return with the sparkly clean/ crunch of the Origin 20, while Mark Tremonti’s collaboration with PRS has yielded the ferocious MT 15. ROB LAING Rob’s been hitting writer’s block recently and falling back into the same chordal comfort zones, so he’s looking forward to branching…

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Hagstrom has some wacky designs in its back catalogue, and they were exactly what Taylor York was after for Paramore’s most recent album, After Laughter. Now Taylor and his brother Justin – who happens to be Paramore’s touring guitarist and a longtime Hagstrom player – have put their own stamp on three of the super Swede’s models, now part of the Paramore Artist Project: the Impala Copperburst (£759), Viking Gold Top (£849) and Super Viking Trans Brown (£929). A year of collaboration yielded this trio of versatile electrics, which all feature Hagstrom’s famous Ultra-Thin 17mm neck profile and Resinator wood composite fingerboard, and a whole lot more besides… UP CLOSE 1 Impala pickups Taylor loves the sound of Hagstrom’s early-60s Alnico 5 single coils, which are replicated on the Impala 2 Viking tone Both Vikings…

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EVENT THE FULL ’MONTI The first of our all-star judges for the Guitarist Of The Year compeition has been announced and its most famous past winner has also been telling us how it changed the path of his career. Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti – who is due to release new concept album, A Dying Machine, with his other band Tremonti on 8 June – is one of four dream team players who will help form an expert panel to choose the entrants to go through to the live Guitarist Of The Year finals at London’s Olympia on 29/30 September. With the competition now open in three categories: Guitarist Of The Year, Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year and Young Guitarist Of The Year (under 16s), we’ve already seen some very impressive online submissions. But what…

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five minutes alone clint lowery

“JUST ATTEMPTING TO LEARN [STEVE VAI’S] MATERIAL WHEN I WAS YOUNG OPENED MY MIND” Got my first real six string “I was originally a drummer, but I became a guitarist because I struggled to find musicians who wrote songs. My first instrument was this Aria Pro II, I don’t even know if people will have heard of it, but it was a metal-looking guitar with a thunderbolt across it in candy apple red. I don’t have it but I know the guy that does and I recently contacted him to see if I could get it back. I’m not sure if he wants to give it up…” Show me the way “My number one is probably Steve Vai. He opened up a lot of barriers for me, just attempting to learn his material when…

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IF IT’S TOO SHREDDY, IT’S GUITAR MASTURBATION.IT NEEDS TO SOUND LIKE A MELODY... Baltimore’s Turnstile are one of those bands that ooze energy and vitality. Influenced by old-school hardcore, but taking in slabs of nu-metal, melodic punk and some killer shred leads along the way, their second album Time And Space is as diverse as it is powerful. “All of my guitar heroes are diverse within their style,” says lead player Brady Ebert, who cites Bad Brains’ Dr Know and Leeway’s AJ Novello as influences. “To me they have an originality in the sound of the riffs and they’re combining stuff that wouldn’t usually combine. What they don’t do is pigeonhole themselves.” You can hear it in a song like Generator, which warps riffs from the Madball playbook into a phased, dare we…