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Best guitar magazine available for new and experienced players alike.
Member Name: AwesomeForrest
Date: 26/04/12, updated on 28/04/12 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Wide range of content and lots of it, tutorials with accompanying CD, caters for all players.
Disadvantages: Some articles can feel dragged out, a high amount of advertisements.
Total Guitar is my personal favourite out of all the guitar magazines available as it appeals to players who are both new to the guitar and also the more experienced players.
I would definitely say that the majority of the time the focus in the magazine is largely on rock or metal music.
Throughout the magazine is a well balanced mix of music reviews, band interviews, guitar lessons, guitar tablature, guitar tips, gear reviews and relevant advertisements.
The music reviews in the magazine are always a good way to find out about new releases you otherwise might not go heard about. I particularly like that with the magazine being guitar orientated you do find a lot of guitar critique in the reviews so for someone like me who appreciates music with impressive guitar work no matter what genre it's based in you know what albums are going to be appropriate for that.
Also a major plus is the CD which is included with the magazine this includes various versions of the songs taught throughout the magazine so you can play along with just the backing track or too the entire song. Also included are video lessons which are very helpful if you have trouble following some of the positioning during the songs which you are learning.
The guitar lessons for both songs and skills are given in both the musical notation format and the tablature format.
I personally benefit from the tablature and it's great that they offer it to you in both ways as learning to read music is extremely difficult and not something that everyone is able to pick up.
Towards the back pages of the magazine you will find a range of gear reviews I have used this many times in the past for reference when picking out new guitar equipment for myself as they tend to be spot on with the descriptions and also the individual ratings given at the end. One great thing is that they balance it out between the high end gear and low end gear because in some of the similar magazines you tend to find most of the reviews are for equipment that is £1,000 plus and lets face it as much as we would all love too that's just not in the price range of every single reader.
The magazine definitely has helped me a lot as a guitar player to expand on the skills and techniques I already had so that I could improve them or learn new things that would otherwise of been difficult for me.
Summary: Great magazine at an affordable price for players of varying skill levels.