Just a few of your regular GT technique experts...
SIMONBARNARD Simon is a graduate of ACM and The GuitarInstitute,holdingaMasters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.
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 GuitarInstitutetutorCharliefirstcame tofameinTotalGuitar’sChallenge Charlie series. He’s also guitarist with top UK metal-fusion band Haken.
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.
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.
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.
BRIDGETMERMIKIDES Guildhall and Royal Academy trained, Bridget is a Royal College of Music examiner, a respected classical player andaward-winningbluesguitarist.
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.
PHILSHORT YoumightrecognisePhilfromwinning InternationalGuitarIdolcompetition. But he also teaches at BIMM in London and is a busy session and touring player.
ULF WAKENIUS Swedish jazz guitarist Ulf is one of the most revered in the genre. He was piano legendOscarPeterson’sguitaristand regularlytourswithMartinTaylor.
JOHNWHEATCROFT Aphenomenalguitarist,Johnisa master at all styles but a legend in Gypsy Jazz. His latest album Ensemble Futur is outnowoniTunesandAmazon.
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ISSUE 328 } DECEMBER 2021
WELCOME LAST WEEK I lost a bandmate, close friend and work colleague of over 35 years. Roger Newell joined Marty Wilde’s Wildcats when I’d been with them a few years. I knew a bit of his history from Eddie Allen, with whom he played in their rock band, and who I’d already conscripted into Marty’s outfit. Roger had joined Rick Wakeman after the legendary Yes keysman jammed with his band in a local pub. Rog’s first gig with the ‘English Rock Ensemble’ was at the Royal Festival Hall. Curtain up revealed an audience peppered with luminaries who’d come to see Rick in his new ‘solo’ guise - these included at least one Beatle! Rog played on all of Rick’s huge albums during his ‘70s tenure, while gigs included New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Budokan in Tokyo, vast South American stadiums and every major venue on the planet. So demanding was the music that Rog had a triple-necked bass built by Wal (no, it wasn’t made for Chris Squire!). He also had to handle a set of Moog bass pedals, often while playing one of his three necks. Serious stuff indeed! When we lanched Bassist magazine back in the ‘90s, Roger wrote reviews and interviews, and I recall standing next to him while he was on the phone to Paul McCartney. He became deputy editor on Guitarist when Bassist closed, and even
READY TO SUBSCRIBE? www.magazines direct.com when he later ‘retired’ continued writing for Guitarist and GT. He, myself and Mick Taylor (That Pedal Show) also formed a band and pedalled our pub rock wares around England’s South West. Great fun! We lived quite close so travelled to and from Marty gigs together, drove hundreds of thousands of miles and formed a strange kind of ‘marriage’ through those decades. Roger was a huge Shadows fan, and became friends with Hank, Bruce, and his first idol Jet Harris. We backed Jet on two big tours. One great moment I recall was on Marty Wilde’s 50th anniversary gig at the London Palladium. Shads drummer Brian Bennett, and rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch were already on stage, Marty having called them up. I’d set up Rog’s red Strat with Hank’s string gauge and we enticed him on to play Move It. Eddie and I stepped down, and I’ll never forget the look on Rog’s face when he realised he was playing bass in
The Shadows, with Marty on vocals. Roger was a funny, talented, grumpy old sod; my musical buddy for literally half our lives. He leaves a huge hole in the band and in the lives of all who knew him well. As the corny cliché goes, heaven’s band just got a whole lot better! Safe travels my friend.
Neville Marten, Editor email@example.com
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