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Guitar Techniques

Guitar Techniques

June 2021
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Take the UK's foremost guitar teachers and players, and transfer their finesse and passion for music into a magazine! The magazine has established itself with guitarists who wish to better themselves as musicians in both the UK, Europe and as far afield as the USA and Hong Kong! When it comes to choosing music, GT's Abba to Zappa policy means that there's always something for everyone! 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
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
just a few of your regular gt technique experts...

SIMON BARNARD Simon is a graduate of ACM and The Guitar Institute, holding a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz. RICHARD BARRETT TonyHadley’slongstandingguitarist Richiehasworkedwitheveryonefrom Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keeting, and is currently working on his own album. SHAUN BAXTER One of the UK’s most respected music educators, Shaun has taught many who are now top tutors themselves. His Jazz Metal album is considered a milestone. JON BISHOP Jon is one of those great all-rounders who can turn his hand to almost any style. He’s also rock legend Shakin’ Stevens’ touring and recording guitarist. MARTIN COOPER A tutor at BIMM Brighton, Martin’s Rock columns show an incredible breadth of technique and style. His 2006 album State Of The Union is out on iTunes. CHARLIE GRIFFITHS Guitar Institute tutor Charlie first came to fame in…

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YOU MIGHT FIND this difficult to believe, but I actually remember my first ever string bend. The year was 1967, and our next door neighbour, who worked with my father, had lent me his Eko Ranger 12-string. On the day I went to return it he produced a Burns Virginian acoustic with a fitted pickup. I had never seen such a thing and was clearly intrigued. He handed me the guitar, and played chords on the 12-string while I fumbled around on the Burns. “Improvise,” he said. “I don’t know how,” I feebly retorted. “Do whatever takes your fancy,’ he went on. “Go anywhere on the neck. Bend some strings! ” Well, I was nervous, embarrassed to play in front of him as he was so much better than me. He was…

1 min.
don’t miss our amazing digital edition

Tap the links Finding your way around the magazine is easy. Tapping the feature titles on the cover or the contents page, takes you straight two the relevant articles. Any web and email links in the text are tappable too Animated tab & audio All the mag’s main lessons have the audio built in with a moving cursor that shows you exactly where you are in the music. Simply tap the‘play’button and you’re off - you can fast-forward or scroll back at will. Play the videos Certain articles have accompanying videos full of useful insight and additional information. Once again, tap the play buttons to enjoy video masterclasses on your iPad (recommended) or smartphone.…

2 min.
gt user guide

READ MUSIC Each transcription is broken down into two parts... MUSICAL STAVE The five horizontal lines for music notation show note pitches and rhythms and are divided by bar lines. TAB Under the musical stave, Tab is an aid to show you where to put your fingers on the fretboard. The six horizontal lines represent the six strings on a guitar – the numbers on the strings are fret numbers. GUITAR TECHNIQUES: HOW THEY APPEAR IN WRITTEN MUSIC... PICKING Up and down picking • The first note is to be down-picked and the last note is to be up-picked. Tremolo picking • Each of the four notes are to be alternate picked (down-& up-picked) very rapidly and continuously. Palm muting • Palm mute by resting the edge of picking-hand’s palm on the strings near the bridge. Pick rake • Drag the pick across…

5 min.
food for thought

The ‘right note’ when improvising will always be subjective. It’s a choice – your choice. A very spicy note, something dissonant, might be perfect in a jazz solo but would probably sound out of place in a pop ballad. Using only chord tones will sound sweet and melodic in most places, but boring in others. You get to choose - your personality and taste will help you choose the right note at the right time for you. But when learning to improvise it’s very important to learn to play ‘inside’ before heading ‘outside’ . By ‘inside’ I mean mostly chord tones and possibly upper extensions. ‘Outside’ is all the other notes. I’ve been working on a new course on how to make music with the Major scale, and I teach a thing…

4 min.
session shenanigans

Light the corners of my mind. Misty watercolour memories. Of the way we were. (Alan and Marilyn Bergman). In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And... cue The Sixties. God and The British Motor Corporation finally finished the job and created the bright red Mini Mark One - EMY 343B. And into this Issigonis inspired iteration we packed a Selmer Twin Selectortone amp (think Fender Twin Reverb but with useful added weight), a Watkins Dominator amp (the now classic triangular shaped effort), two Hofner guitars, snare drum, bass drum, high hat and cymbals plus the usual accessories. Tom-toms were for wimps. We used egg boxes. We were The Ultra Five, a name both confident and cryptic, bearing in mind that there were just three of us. And thus…