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Total Guitar

Total Guitar

November 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

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

This month we celebrate the genius of Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist, Jimmy Page. Few can claim to be as influential as Page. As a producer, he innovated on every album the band recorded. As a guitarist, he’s one of the most extraordinary riff writers of all time. Exhibits A, B and C: Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Kashmir. There are many more, of course. And just listen to Led Zeppelin’s studio albums, each an evolution in sound and style on its predecessor. Jimmy says Led Zeppelin were an ‘album band, not a singles band’; he also admitted that he always had a plan for the band’s career path – I don’t doubt it. This month, I spoke with Jimmy about the making of some of Led Zeppelin’s greatest tracks and his new…

3 min.
game changer

ERUPTION On this signature piece, again from the first VH album, the tapping gets the attention, but the tone, blistering legato, and creative note choices are all equally important. Amid all that virtuosity, Eddie still played with joyous rock ’n’ roll abandon. It makes his playing appeal to people who never listen to shred instrumentals. AIN’T TALKIN’ ‘BOUT LOVE Some virtuosos forget the power of a simple song and a catchy hook, but EVH knew when to keep things simple. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (from the debut Van Halen album) is played by palm muting and picking the notes from an open A minor chord. The singable solo is played on one string. Melodic genius. FRANKENSTRAT Eddie helped to develop the Floyd Rose, suggesting improvements like the fine tuners at the bridge. He was also…

4 min.
super geek!

“THIS WAS DEFINITELY A TOOLKIT KIND OF RECORD" There have been all kinds of influences that have moulded Joe Bonamassa into the player he is over the years – blues heroes such as Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and rock legends Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. But ask the 43 year-old New Yorker about the sounds explored on his new album Royal Tea and he’ll enjoy going off-script for a while. ON HIS NEW ALBUM, BLUES ROCK MAESTRO JOE BONAMASSA PLAYS A BATTERY OF GUITARS, INCLUDING A VINTAGE TELECASTER HE’S COVETED SINCE HE WAS A TEENAGER, AND THE MAN FROM ‘NERDVILLE’ IS ALSO SHOWING HIS LOVE OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK. “I deal with blues rock until there’s no demand for it!” he says, laughing. But for a player who is so often regarded…

1 min.
get the tone

The Lemon Twigs are known for their authentic 70s production sound and prefer analogue desks and tape rather than digital recording. This warmer, more classic sound is also reflected in the guitar tone, which is quite clean and unsaturated. And, although the video for this song features a beautiful white 70s Gibson Flying V, for the actual recording, Brian used his ’77 black Fender Strat and a Fender Supersonic amp. Use a clean amp with a touch of overdrive from a pedal to get in the ballpark.…

5 min.
“sometimes you just gotta play loud!”

Create the music that you love. “Before making my new record O, I was working with hip-hop producers, experimenting with beats. Then I met up with producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, The Struts, Ozzy). I was like, ‘That’s the kind of record I wanna make, something raw and rough’. We did the whole record in 28 days. I was really happy with the way everything sounds really inspired. It makes you wanna hear it live. That’s the whole vibe of the album.” Make the ultimate guitar by crossbreeding your favourite designs. “When Gibson approached me about doing a signature acoustic, I was blown away. I wanted to work on a J-200 because it’s such a classic. It’s Elvis and Johnny Cash. I just find the neck a little bit like a boat. It’s hard…

38 min.
jimmy page

It is an extraordinary story, and as Jimmy Page puts it, quietly but firmly, only he is qualified to tell it. He has a new book published this month, titled simply Jimmy Page: The Anthology. It is what he calls “an autobiography with photographs”, and a “companion volume” to 2010’s Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page. The focus is on his music and guitars, his artistry and evolution as a player. But there is also the sense, as he explains it, that Page is setting the record straight, in answer to the many unauthorised biographies of himself and his band Led Zeppelin. “There’s so much mythology about me,” Page says. “In all those other books, because people don’t have all of the information – they make things up. So at least with…