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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.
RICHARDBARRETT One of the most gifted guitarists around Richard has been playing with Tony Hadley for over 20 years. He’s great in all styles but excels at blues and rock.
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.
JAMIEHUMPHRIES Jamie has played with many greats includingBrianMay. Anex-ACMtutor, you can find him at Jamie Humphries Guitar Studio on Facebook, for lessons.
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.
PHILSHORT YoumightrecognisePhilfromwinning InternationalGuitarIdolcompetition. But he also teaches at BIMM in London and is a busy session and touring player.
JOHNWHEATCROFT Aphenomenalguitarist,Johnisa master at all styles but a legend in Gypsy Jazz. His latest album Ensemble Futur is outnowoniTunesandAmazon.
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 Pending at Brooklyn NY 11256. US POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Guitar Techniques, 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.
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WELCOME THE 1980s WAS a strange one for music, and it saw my world change out of all recognition. In 1980 I was a guitar repairer for Gibson’s UK operation in Braintree, Essex. At that time some of us would go over to Rotterdam to quality control incoming consignments; I’d spend a week in England and a week in Holland.
Then one day parent company Norlin decided to close Braintree and move the whole operation to Rotterdam, so our services would no longer be required. My friend and fellow Gibsonite, Martyn Booth and I made a deal with the landlords of the building that housed the old Gibson repair shop and took it over, spray booth, the Gibson lacquers, specialist tools and all.
Marvin, Peter Frampton, Andy Fairweather-Low, Freddie Mercury (his white Tele), and the brilliant session guitarist Alan Murphy. I got to know Alan, as he was part of Fender’s ‘Hot Squad’, a band of crack musicians that travelled the land demonstrating the products. He was all over the music of the mid-’80s, playing for Go West, Nick Heyward, Level 42, and Kate Bush, with a Squier Strat and a Fender Super Champ. Alan also features in our fantastic ’80s feature.
In 1985 I left Fender to join a fledgling Guitarist magazine, then decamped to the ill-fated but much hyped SynthAxe, before returning to Guitarist, as editor, in 1986.
As Don’t Fret Guitar Repairs we did private work but also had contracts with Yamaha and Fender to undertake their UK repairs. All was going fine until mice in the roof of the main warehouse (we were in a lean-to at the side), chewed through the electrics and caused a fire that incinerated our workshop and its entire contents.
Fortunately we were well covered by insurance, and due to our contacts Martyn went to work for Yamaha and I for Fender.
At Fender loads of famous guitarists would come to select Strats, Teles and so on, and I helped with guitars for David Gilmour, Hank
During those few years music changed massively. Guitar was very much still king, but its styles and sounds had become incredibly diverse. Yes, there was constant talk of guitar synths killing off the guitar as music became more electronic, but just as I took over on Guitarist the whole instrumental rock scene broke, with
Yngwie, Satch and Vai kicking those synths into the dust. Grunge was just around the corner,
too, as was the launch of a new guitar magazine - more of which next month! See you then.
Neville Marten, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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