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SIMONBARNARD Simon is a graduate of ACM and The GuitarInstitute,holdingaMasters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.
DECLANZAPALA Declan is one of the UK’s top classical guitarists and teachers. He is a Master graduate of RCM and his solo arrangementsaresublimelycreative.
JON BISHOP Jonisoneofthosegreatall-rounders who can turn his hand to almost any style. He’s also rock legend Shakin’ Stevens’touringandrecordingguitarist.
MARTIN COOPER A tutor at BIMM Brighton, Martin’s Rock columnsshowanincrediblebreadthof technique and style. His 2006 album State Of The Union is out on iTunes.
CHARLIEGRIFFITHS Charlieisawellstudiedguitaristwho specialises in high end rock playing and plays with top UK metal-fusion band Haken. His debut album is Tiktaalika.
JAMIEHUNT Jamie is Principal Lecturer at BIMM Bristol. He also leads performance workshops, plays in metal band One Machine and is endorsed by ESP guitars.
JOHNWHEATCROFT Aphenomenalguitarist,Johnisa master at many styles but a legend in Gypsy Jazz. His second album Future Light is out now on iTunes and Amazon.
ANDYGJONES As well as being Head Of Guitar at LCCM Andy has played with innumerable top musicicans, from Sir Van Morrison and Dr Brian May, to Sir Cliff Richard & more.
JACOB QUISTGAARD Quist has been with GT since 2009. CurrentlyBryanFerry’sguitarist,his YouTube channel is viewed by millions and he creates our monthly jam tracks.
STUARTRYAN Stuart Ryan is great at all styles but best knownforhissuperbacousticwork.He was Head Of Guitar at BIMM Bristol and has many top tuition books to his name.
ANDY SAPHIR Andyisastunningguitaristinallstyles, but his country-rock licks are fabulous; he’s smooth, fast, and very musical. Check him out on Jamtrack Central.
DAVID GERRISH David teaches at BIMM in London across many styles and is a busy performing andrecordingguitarist. His jazz-bluespopleaningsareveryimpressive.
PHILHILBORNE TheUK’soriginalmagazineguitartutor, Phil’s something of a legend. A great player, he’s got the Phil Hilborne Band back together so catch them if you can.
Guitar Techniques, ISSN 1352-638, is published monthly with an extra issue in July by Future Publishing, Quay House, The Ambury, Bath, BA1 1UA, UK. The US annual subscription price is $181.87 Airfreight and mailing in the USA by agent named World Container Inc, 150-15, 183rd St, Jamaica, NY 11413, USA. Application to Mail at Periodicals Postage Prices is Paid at Brooklyn NY 11256. US POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Guitar Techniques, Air Business Ltd, c/o World Container Inc, 150-15, 183rd St, Jamaica, NY 11413, USA. Subscription records are maintained at Future Publishing, c/o Air Business Subscriptions, Rockwood House, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3DH. UK.
ISSUE 344 } MARCH2023
WELCOME JIMMY PAGE. Where does one start when admiring Led Zeppelin’s guitarist? Riffs? Of course. His have shaped what rock music means all over the world, from Black Dog to Immigrant Song. Lead solos? Definitely, from dynamic blues phrasing to roaring flurries, his range is beyond impressive. Heartbreaker’s middle solo is just one example. Rhythmic elements? Absolutely, odd time signatures, syncopated darting between the beats and emphatic power statements are rife. For starters: Kashmir. Acoustic picking? His acoustic chops are as arresting as his electric abilities. Going To California and Tangerine are just two of my favourites. And so the list goes on. In short, there isn’t a guitarist that has staked more sonic ground, more imagination with more breadth to bigger audiences than Jimmy Page. He is, pretty much without exception, the definitive role model for being a guitarist in a band. Within Led Zeppelin, he did the full mass appeal version of what a guitarist can be first, with more impact than any of his peers. We heartily embrace that this issue as Jon Bishop deftly presents four study pieces that show much of what we all love about Page. There’s a rousing rock riffer, an expressive slow blues, a DADGAD tuned
READY TO SUBSCRIBE? www.magazines direct.com strummer and a wonderful fingerpicker to provide four stylistic strands of the great man’s majesty. We hope you enjoy playing through it all. As for the rest of the issue, it’s a pleasure to present so much variety; we’ve nine video examples of brilliant licks, riffs and chords from Eric Gales plus six gypsy jazz licks (again, on video) from GT’s own John Wheatcroft to highlight his new album, First Light. The emotive Caro Mio Ben has been arranged for solo guitar by Declan Zapala (his video performance is exquisite) and the fingerpicking skills of country superstar Keith Urban are shown on video by Stuart Ryan. John Wheatcroft looks at the jazzy blues of Billy Butler (if you’ve not heard of him do check him out!), Charlie Griffiths presents the shred licks of Zakk Wylde, and David Gerrish shows the bluesy soloing of rocker Dan Patlansky. AC/DC riffing and soloing comes courtesy of Martin Cooper and we’ve the first of a four-part series focused on groovy funk guitar by Steve Allsworth. Until the next issue, keep happy, keep listening and keep playing!
Jason Sidwell, Editor Jason.email@example.com
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