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Guitar Techniques February 2020

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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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. 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. CHRIS BROOKS Aussie metal and prog guitarist Chris’s Speed Strategies For Guitar is published by Fundamental Changes. CDs include Axis Of All Things and The Master Plan. MARTIN GOULDING One of the world’s foremost rock and metal guitarists, Martin teaches for and has written for many of the world’s top guitar mags. CHARLIE GRIFFITHS Guitar Institute…

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SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS! By far the commonest complaint we receive is that the animated tab files found on the Guitar Techniques iPad digital edition are not available for Android users. They can currently only get it in ‘page-turner’ format, with no audio, from sites like Zinio, etc. Well, with immediate effect they will be available to all from Yes, users of Android/Windows tablets like those from Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, etc, can now see and hear the same top-quality audio with synchronised tab as Apple iPad users have been enjoying for years. But it gets so much better! These Pocketmags issues of GT can be also used on your laptop or desktop computer - whether Windows or Mac. And this, we think, is the gamechanger. To view and hear each article in large-screen…

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check out 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 to 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. PLUS! * PLEASE NOTE: Only the Apple version contains interactive tab and audio. Zinio and others do not. DISC AUDIO (PRINT VERSION…

4 minuti
food for thought

Even though I’ve been playing now for almost 40 years, I still feel like I have more to learn than I’ll fit in this lifetime. Recently I’ve been re-examining the process of being a beginner and the struggles people encounter, and it seems at the beginning of the guitar journey there are a few very common hurdles that almost all beginners face. Knowing about these will help beginners avoid them and teachers help them to never happen. The first hurdle almost every new player faces is Finger Pain! Many experienced players will have completely forgotten about this, but the pain is real. It’s such a big deal in fact that the next instalment of this column will be dedicated to exploring ways to avoid it – it’s the most common reason…

4 minuti
session shenanigans

Ray Swinfield, a wonderful saxophonist (and classy exponent of the clarinet and flute too), once turned to me in the break on a big band studio session and spoke to me thus: “Mitch, do you know what jazz improvisation really is?” And without pausing for an unwelcome reply, he continued; “It’s playing spontaneously all the things that you’ve been practising your entire life.” At which point he ripped out three choruses of All The Things You Are, returned his tenor to its case and was gone like The Cheshire Cat, leaving only his smile. And a large invoice. There’s no trick to producing a great solo. It isn’t divine inspiration. The romantic notion of mind and body miraculously in perfect sync as the muse hits is hokum, honey. It takes a…

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instrumental inquisition!

GT: What is it about instrumentals that appeals to you? MW: I’ve written poetry since I was about 10 years old. So words really matter to me. I listen to Joni and Dylan and James Taylor and Jimmy Webb etc, and I get into the text. Instrumental writing takes me to other places. I can use my imagination more. I can infer things, try to create moods and scenes. My instrumental music is usually about something. I write about the people and places that matter to me. I try to communicate that through the music. GT: What can an instrumental provide a listener that a vocal song can’t? MW: Apart from my previous answer, not much, I think. I work with Norma Winstone who uses her voice beautifully as a solo or melody…