Magazine article Guitar Player

Everything Changes Again. (Soundhole)

Magazine article Guitar Player

Everything Changes Again. (Soundhole)

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No matter how magnificent your chops might be, if you play the same licks over and over again, you'll eventually numb your audience into a death-like trance. That's why, of the many blessings we have to celebrate as we mark GP's 35th anniversary year, the magazine's commitment to innovation and refinement thrills me the most.

In the past four years alone, we've refreshed the look and feel of GP three times and continually added--or revisited--elements such as factory tours, home-studio applications, and lesson material. And, starting this issue, we're at it again!

Toolbox has been recast to cover more than strict applications, and is now called Input/Output. The new format lets us include fun and funky columns such as Will Ray's Ebay Strategies and the return (next issue) of George Gruhn's Rare Bird treatises.

Artist coverage has been blown out with larger layouts and a renewed focus on depth. To this end, we've put the smaller artist segments (Pickups and Buzz) on hiatus. Our reasoning: If you're good enough to make the pages of GP's profile section, you deserve more than a few lines of text--and readers deserve more than a cursory look at a kick-ass talent.

Reader mail (thanks for the comments) led us to the conclusion that our lesson material seemed illogically split into a two-headed beast, so we've constructed a Lessons section composed of a master class (a study of a particular artist and/or style) and Chops Builder (specific technique workouts). …

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