Secondly, rhythm playing need not be the poorer relation to soloing. With intelligent consideration and skill, the rhythm part can be every bit as creative, challenging, sophisticated, hip and impressive and you’ll find your popularity among fellow musicians will rise exponentially as your comping skills develop. To be a good rhythm player, you need to be a good team player. Familiarise yourself with the roles of each respective instrument in the ‘rhythm section’, usually the drums, bass and often in classic jazz settings you’ll need to share comping duties with a piano player; while in blues styles it’s not uncommon to find yourself on stage with any combination of piano, keyboards and even another guitarist, all playing at the same time.
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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
Phil Short checks one of the greatest and most influential blues players; the Texas powerhouse that was the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Andy G Jones shows how to improvise on the James Bond Em/maj9 chord, which requires a grasp of unique Minor scales, such as Harmonic and Melodic Minor Pentatonics.
THE CROSSROADS Repeating Licks
In this month’s Crossroads, John Wheatcroft explores the propulsive power of repetition via the playing style of legendary Blue Note powerhouse, Grant Green.
Charlie Griffiths peeks through green-tinted glasses to demonstrate five scarifying and lethal licks, inspired by Paul Gilbert.
Swedish jazz great Ulf Wakenius takes another look at how Peterson adapted the blues for jazz piano, and how we too can exploit these ideas.
To kick off his brand new series Simon Barnard analyses the playing of Chalmers ‘Spanky’ Alford, better known as the Godfather of neo-soul guitar.
Fernando Sor Study No 20, Opus 35
This month our classical expert Bridget Mermikides presents this beautiful arpeggio study by the Spanish guitarist and ‘Beethoven of the guitar’, Fernando Sor.
INSTRUMENTAL INQUISITION !
Guitar instrumentals have supplied some of music’s most evocative moments. Jason Sidwell asks some top guitarists for their take on this iconic movement. This month: Night Ranger’s outstanding guitarist, Brad Gillis.
Things are getting ‘reel’ this month as Stuart Ryan brings you an uptempo traditional Irish fingerstyle arrangement and new picking-hand possibilities.
This month Martin Cooper checks out the sound of heavy metal pioneers Back Sabbath, and their leftie guitarist the iconic, Tomy Iommi.
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2021: A Guitar Odyssey
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