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Total Guitar

Summer 2020

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

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome…

Like many, I began my guitar journey as a youngster playing my dad’s beaten up, no-name acoustic. It truly was a knackered instrument, so, when I’d proven after a few out of tune weeks that I was going to stick with the guitar, an upgrade soon followed: a brand new nylon string which my mum bought for the princely sum of £30. I don’t remember the brand. Again, I persevered, and a few months later, mesmerised by a beautiful, rich new sound (well, new to me!), I came to own an acoustic 12-string. I think my guitar teacher, a family friend, gave it to me. These guitars have all sadly long since left my collection, and it’s only recently whilst planning our acoustic issue that I realised how formative those initial…

1 min.
songs of freedom

The life and music of the late Bob Marley has been celebrated throughout 2020 – the year in which the reggae icon would have turned 75. It is also 40 years since the release of Uprising, which was the last Bob Marley And The Wailers album to be released during his lifetime, and which ended with one of the most powerful statements of his career – Redemption Song, essentially a folk ballad, in the style of Bob Dylan, and recorded solo by Marley using an Ovation Adamas guitar. The greatest hits album Legend, featuring Redemption Song, is reissued this month on vinyl picture disc.…

1 min.
satisfaction at last

A previously unheard 1973 Rolling Stones track, featuring Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page on guitar, has been unearthed, it has been announced. The song, Scarlet, was recorded during the sessions for the band’s 1973 album, Goats Head Soup, and will be included in the upcoming multi-format, remastered reissue of that album. In addition to Page, it also features Blind Faith’s Ric Grech on bass. Sadly, Scarlet has not been premiered yet, but another previously unheard cut from the sessions, Criss Cross, can be found on the Stone’s Vevo YouTube account. Scarlet is not the only time Page and the Stones have teamed up on record. Page played lead guitar on the 1986 track One Hit (To The Body), a cut from the Stones’ Dirty Work album that became a Top 40 hit…

1 min.
icon in the making

Dean has unveiled several enticing new models recently, including the Colt Bigsby and the NashVegas Select series, and now the company has added the Icon Select electric guitar to its 2020 lineup. The new offering boasts a tight-grained mahogany body with carved top contour, three-piece mahogany set-through-neck with dual-action truss rod and satin finish and a 12-inch radius, 22-fret ebony fingerboard with pearloid Icon inlays. Other features include a Tune-O-Matic-style bridge and Dean Cadi high-mass hardtail, Grover tuners and five-ply multi-binding on the body, neck and quill headstock. The pickups are a pair of exclusive Seymour Duncan APH-1 (neck) and SH-5 (bridge) humbuckers in custom zebra parchment finish with sandblasted pole pieces, controlled via single volume and tone knobs and a three-way toggle. The APH-1 Alnico II Pro promises to handle both classic…

1 min.
round-up

Star of the Show Blackstar’s Debut combos might just be the best-looking beginner amps on the market Blackstar has announced a pair of new beginner guitar amps, the Debut 10E and 15E, decked out in vintage cream and oxblood styling. The 10W and 15W combos both feature clean and overdrive channels, with ambience courtesy of a built-in ‘tape’ echo effect. Blackstar’s patented Infinite Shape Feature adjusts the EQ sweep from American to British, while the 15E gets an additional tone control. Line in and headphone/emulated line outs are also onboard – the amps’ pair of 3” speakers are designed both for guitar tones and music playback. These look similar to the company’s previous LT-Echo combos, but we’d wager that new name and fresh looks are sure to attract more attention. The Debut 10E and 15E…

1 min.
bush

Formed in London in 1992 by frontman Gavin Rossdale, Bush achieved multi-platinum success with their debut album, Sixteen Stone. Initially classed as grunge, the band returned after a hiatus in the 2000s with a more alt-rock leaning. This year’s Kingdom, has a metal edge, with Rossdale citing System Of A Down as an influence. Here, we’re looking at the intro riff on the latest single – a part played by guitarist Chris Traynor. The song is in D minor and this octave melody uses the D minor pentatonic scale starting on the 5th fret, fifth string. Map out the notes on the fifth string to guide you; the corresponding octave-up notes are two frets higher on the third string. Easy! Just remember to keep all the idle strings as quiet as…