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Guitar Techniques

4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Future Publishing Ltd
  • ASIN: B00007B9EB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the music April 9, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I've been buying guitar magazines since 1990 and have a collection of hundreds of them. This one is the best! It has always been good, but these days I think it stands out from the crowd even more. I've seen magazines start out good, full of useful information and sheet music, then plunge to the depths of crappy industry gossip and little else. These guys have kept a strong loyalty to the musicians who wanna play, rather than the ones who care about image and nothing much else.

Guitar Techniques gives you a really wide variety of styles to learn. So if you're into metal, country, jazz, folk, or whatever, I've seen it covered. They have regular workshops on beginner tips and advanced soloing techniques. Nothing escapes these guys. They also cover different artists all the time. So if you want to learn the latest song by The Darkness, or Jeff Beck, or Hendrix, or whatever the latest metal band on the scene is playing, then it will eventually turn up here.

It's common for them to delve deeply into a particular person's playing style as well. In that case, you'll get a whole chapter of the mag on, say, "Diamond" Darryl and how he gets his sound, followed with examples of how he plays and in which songs he employs special techniques or scales.

The sheet music itself is comprehensive and easy to follow. Not only that, but this mag comes with a CD each month so that you can pick up things by ear. They also include 'Jam Tracks' that allow you to play along with tabbed songs adding in your own guitar lines.

Plus, of course, the have all the regular magazine stuff: letters to the editor, equipment reviews, album reviews, artist news, and so on. But the bulk of the magazine is taken up with things you can get your fingers into right away.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modular music library June 8, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Most guitar magazines seem to be heavy on discussion of artists but light on actual music. GT still talks about artist's styles, but then gives you the tab and standard notation for one of their works or a class on how to solo in their style. A standard issue contains sections like rock, jazz, acoustic fingerstyle, Funk and country, followed by workshops on (for eg.) using altered tunings, increasing fretting speed, and other interesting things.
The accompanying CD gives multiple examples for each piece or exercise, usually with tracks played at different speeds and/or and example track and a backing track to play with.
The only downside to this magazine is that you hardly have time to work on eveything you wanted to before the next issue comes out.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the CD makes the difference January 19, 2003
By A Customer
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Covering a broad spectrum of music styles, all the music included in the magazine is played on the CD. Even better, all the music is included twice- first with the guitar, then without it for you to play along with. There are usually one or two songs from well known albums transcribed in each issue, as well as columns in many different styles of music. It may seem expensive, but with the CD its very reasonable. No American guitar magazine comes with a CD and to get the audio tracks you end up paying a lot more to download them from the Internet. Believe me, hearing the music on the CD makes the difference.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a guitar mag should look and sound like April 17, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I agree with the other reviewers who point out the many useful music tools in this mag. The UK is where English started so if you like literate writers rather than being pitched to like an 8 year old you'll like this magazine. My gripes are that I can buy them at big box bookstores for pennies more than the subscription rate. The price fluctuates with market $ vs Pound/Euro and the delivery time for the 1st issue is 12 to 16 weeks! The stores get them faster. So if they had a better subscription deal and faster delivery I would definitely subscribe. Besides anyone that calls a tube a valve and a wrench a spanner is okay in my book.
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The content is a bit technical in a music sense and takes serious effort to understand for those of us with little music theory background. This magazine is more about coming up with your own original music than it is about note-for-note copying; even though it does often have music notation for sample riffs of a particular style, from a particular artist, etc. It also emphasizes techniques for fretting, picking, bending, etc. The interviews with the top guitarists are more about how they go about creating and structuring their music than about what kind of equipment they use.

My only complaints are that the magazine is a bit pricy - though worth every penny - and that I don't have the whole set. It would take a small fortune to buy every back-issue now.

I've been playing since the early '60s and this is hands down the best guitar mag I've seen if you're willing to do the work required to truly understand and use what it presents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, A Magazine That Covers Every Genre September 9, 2014
By Jaccss
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
If you want a magazine that covers everything, THIS IS It. And the CD plays in my portable player and everything else. Comes with a CD not a DVD, so if you want to look at the video lesson, Slip it into your computer. Loads of licks, tricks, theory and reviews.
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