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Guitar Techniques

Guitar Techniques

September 2021

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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19 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 Tony Hadley’slongstandingguitarist Richie has worked with everyone from 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…

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AS A KID IN MY ‘copying everything Clapton did’ phase, one of the things I noticed that Eric did in order to create instant excitement, and even frenzy in his solos, was to repeat a lick. Sometimes over and over and over, as in the live Spoonful from Wheels Of Fire, or In The Presence Of The Lord from Blind Faith, plus many more. There’s even a bit of it in Crossoads. Repetition creates an instant statement within a solo, or a longer extemporisation such as Spoonful. Think of Angus Young’s monster intro to the live Thunderstruck - the audience goes crazy, shouting “thunder, thunder, thunder”; then there’s Mark Knopfler’s repeated fingerpicked trills in the big Sultans... solo; or perhaps Ritchie Blackmore’s brilliant arpeggio-based figure in Child In Time. And what…

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…

4 min
food for thought

One of the most important and practical chunks of music theory a guitarist can learn is the chords in a Major key - so called Diatonic chords from a Major scale. We’re going to do a brief rundown of that but then jump into a really fun exploration exercise that is likely to help your understanding of a key as a whole. It was one of the things that helped the concept of modes click into place for me. A basic triad (three-note chord) contains a root note, plus a 3rd and 5th interval. The 3rd and the 5th describe the steps up the scale from the root note, also known as intervals, and they come in many varieties, beyond the scope of this article. Plenty more on my website if…

4 min
session shenanigans

Semi interestingly, the company whose name is synonymous with the phrase ‘lift music’ has never deployed its products in elevators. However, they should care. The last time the organisation was acquired in 2011 it sold for around $350 million. Mood Music. Background Music. Your-call-is-important-to-us Music. Whichever label you wish to append, it’s big business, ubiquitous and a significant contributor to postprandial dyspepsia. Which is why it dawned on me recently during a moment of lockdown lassitude, that I hadn’t recorded any ‘product’ for Muzak in a while. Upon undertaking superficial research, it turned out that they haven’t commissioned in-house music since 1997, preferring to licence original tracks instead. I catch on fast, apparently. So it appears that another lift door has glided shut on the lobby floor of my career without…