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Total Guitar May 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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One of the most common frustrations with playing the guitar, particularly after a while, is getting stuck with the same old progressions and patterns. You can hear what you don’t want to sound like, but it’s not always that easy to identify exactly where to take your parts and solos next. That often comes down to one thing: vocabulary. If you know the sort of thing you’re trying to say, but don’t know exactly which musical ‘words’ to use to express it, then welcome to this month’s issue! Inside our cover feature we’re going to breakdown seven of the most common guitar-based styles in order to help you get the right words and flavours into your playing. We’ve made it as easy as possible by not getting too bogged-down in…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD This month’s issue features Blue Öyster Cult’s classic [Don’t Fear] The Reaper – and Chris has been widdling away in the corner of the office, muttering something about ‘more cowbell’ all month. You’ll find another classic arpeggio on p22 in the form of AC/DC’s Hells Bells. A full 40+ bpm slower than DFTR, it’s a great primer to get you up to speed. MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN This month, Mike has been left reeling after listening back to his disquieting performance on the inaugural Total Guitar podcast. “The red light goes on, and I just lose it,” our gear guru confides. “I enter an altered state of unhinged broadcasting hysteria.” Who knows what he might say next… tune in to find out. ROB LAING Rob’s been learning valuable lessons from artists this month. Deep Purple’s…

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sky s the limit

He’s not exactly been keeping it a secret, but John Mayer’s long-awaited Stratstyle electric collaboration with PRS has finally arrived – enter the Silver Sky. As you may expect from the guitarist’s longstanding love for vintage Strats, the Silver Sky is based on 1963 and ’64 models, and was apparently two-and-a-half years in the making. Mayer is calling the Silver Sky his “vision of what a reboot of the electric guitar should look and feel like,” so although it’s visually similar to Fender’s quintessential outline, there are a host of subtle tweaks that make the guitar his own. Then again, with a price tag of £2,549 you’d expect something pretty radical. Here’s what’s new… UP CLOSE Pickups A trio of 635JM single coils promise round and full tone that avoids harshness in the…

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SHOW TOTAL GUITAR PODCAST You can now get your monthly TG fix via podcast with our brand new monthly show. The first episode is now available to stream and download via iTunes and we are pleased to report it made the Top 5 in the UK music podcast charts within a few days of launching. But if you’re still to catch up we can let you know what guitar goodness you can expect every month. Hosted by TG editor Stuart Williams, content editor Rob Laing, techniques editor Chris Bird and gear contributor/MusicRadar.com guitar guru Michael Astley-Brown, every episode will be packed with guitar news, gear and exclusive clips from the players we meet, plus more discussion than any non guitar-lover can reasonably handle. “It’s going to give people a really good insight into every…

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five minutes alone ihsahn

“AS MUCH AS I LOVE GEAR... THESE THINGS ARE JUST TOOLS... I FIND ‘GEAR LUST’ A BIT BORING” Got my first real six string “It was a Fender Strat copy made by a company called Boogie, which even had the Mesa-Boogie logo. It could have been an early incarnation of the company, or someone just ripped it off. I’d say it’s probably why I’ve always ended up preferring that Strat feel, I’ve never been into the baseball bat-style Les Pauls. It was a cheap guitar, but my father took me to a local luthier who put some original Strat parts and pickups in there. I actually got it back from my dad a few years ago and I ended up recording with it!” Can I play with madness “I had the tab book for…

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brothers osborne

EVERY OUNCE OF CREATIVITY THAT HAD BEEN BUILDING UP IN MY HEART AND SOUL CAME OUT John Osborne is the most exciting guitarist in country music right now. Alongside his vocalist brother TJ, he has spent 10 years carving a niche in Nashville, combining rock and classic country influences with some lightning melodic lead work and bagging a bunch of awards for 2015 debut Pawn Shop. “The second I learned to play three chords on the guitar, I realised, ‘This is an open canvas’” John tells TG. “It was like every ounce of creativity that had been building up in my heart and soul and mind just came flooding out and everything changed for me. I distinctly remember the moment that my dad taught me the pentatonic blues scale and after that…