Guitar Techniques

magazine Mar 01 2021 · Guitar Techniques

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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

Just a few of your regular GT technique experts...


DON’T MISS OUR AMAZING DIGITAL EDITION • Try GT’s digital edition on PC, Mac, Laptop, Desktop or Tablet!

GT USER GUIDE • You can get more from GT by understanding our easy-to-follow musical terms and signs...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT • Justin Sandercoe of lends GT his insight as one of the world’s most successful guitar teachers. This month: Buying Online?

SESSION SHENANIGANS • The studio guitarist’s guide to happiness and personal fulfilment, as related by session ace Mitch Dalton. This month:Tis The Season To Be Jolly Careful.

THE GT INTERVIEW • Legendary LA studio guitarist and solo artist, Mike Landau has been recording outstanding albums for decades. Jason Sidwell caught up with him to discuss his gear, playing style and the stunning new album, Liquid Quartet Live.

JAM TRACKS TIPS • Use these to navigate our bonus backing tracks

PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE-MINUTE LICK • Metrical Interval/Legato Lick

SUBSTITUTE Tritone Turnaround • A tritone is an interval spanning three whole tones – from E to Bb, or C to F#, for example. That’s half an octave, and this is the interval connected with those ‘diabolus in musica’ tales about medieval music (there’s no evidence for that attitude; they just found it ugly).

HOW TO find all the notes on the fretboard

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WHACKA-CHACKA-WAH! Get the most from your pedal • In this exclusive feature Jamie Humphries looks at how to get the best from the not-so-humble wah-wah pedal, including a host of example licks plus three full study pieces covering funk, blues and rock styles.

Get the Tone

ALEX SILL Video Masterclass Pt2 • Alex demonstrates his chord and lead style over Jason Sidwell’s track, Swagster. With some sections of just drums and bass, he shows how to fill the space with taste, technique variations and dynamic colour. Jon Bishop is your guide.


Get the Tone

THE CROSSROADS Pt3 Bluesy Swing Lines • Jazzy blues, or bluesy jazz. Can’t decide? This month, John Wheatcroft discovers that it’s okay to do both, as he examines the cross-pollination of melodic and rhythic ideas between the two related genres.


TECHNIQUE FOCUS Time to practise


GIUSEPPE VERDI ‘The Drinking Song’ • From La Traviata by Verdi, Bridget Mermikides arranges one of the best known opera melodies of all time for solo classical guitar - the famous Drinking Song!


THE RHYTHM ROOST 12/8 Groove • Keen on all things rhythmic, Jason Sidwell helms this new video series to expand your chops. The triplet feel is the focus this issue.


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GARY MOORE • This month Phil Short remembers the legendary Irish rocker, bluesman and Thin Lizzy axeman who left us way too soon.

get the tone

DEEP PURPLE • This month Martin Cooper examines the unique style of Deep Purple’s founder and original guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore.

Get the Tone

BEBOP SUBSTITUTION • Bebop substitution is a musical concept that sounds complex and deep, but Tim Pettingale assures us it really...

Guitar Techniques