Guitar Techniques


Guitar Techniques is the only purely tuition-based guitar magazine in the world. It features transcriptions of the hottest guitar tracks around, lessons and tips from Europe's leading players and teachers in styles covering rock blues, jazz, country, funk and acoustic guitar. (...) All the music in Guitar Techniques is supported by a cover-mounted CD which provides top quality audio tracks so that you can hear how the piece you're learning should sound. It also features specially recorded backing tracks so that you can play along. (futurenet)
Currently published by Future plc with other guitar magazines like Guitarist, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Total Guitar, Australian Guitar and Bass Player.

1997 June

 Vol. 4 No. 4


News: You Are What You Is
Frank Zappa received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in this year's award ceremony in New York. A previous winner (for the album Jazz From Hell), Zappa's posthumous award received the largest cheer of the evening.


1998 November


Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc (review)
By David Mead, p 92

1999 May


Frank Zappa: Soloing Study
By Adrian Clark, pp 30-33

1999 Christmas


Confessions Of A Stunt Guitarist - Mike Keneally
By David Mead, pp 14-17

2003 January

Frankly Speaking
By ?, p 7 

Dweezil Zappa launches label for rare Zappa tracks.


2004 February

Frank Zappa - Baby Snakes (review)
By ?, p8

2004 June


Frank Zappa: Zoot Allures
By Guthrie Govan, pp 16-23

2006 Spring

Dweezil Zappa - Artist Interview
By Jamie Humphries, pp 20-23

2006 July

Dweezil Zappa - Licks, Part 2
By Jamie Humphries, pp 82-83

2007 August

Issue 142

Frank Zappa - Classic Albums: Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation (review)
By ?, p 91


2008 May

Issue 152

Frank Zappa - Zappa In Barcelona (review)
By ?, p 91

2008 June

Issue 153

Frank Zappa - Live Transmission (review)
By ?, p 93

2009 March

Issue 162

Page 9: Freeze Frame, FZ in Hammersmith Odeon, January 1978.


2009 May

Issue 165

Dweezil Zappa - Zappa Plays Zappa (review)
By ?, p 91

2012 Spring

Issue 203


Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention - Carnegie Hall (review)
By ?, pp 92-93



2012 September

Issue 208


Lydian Mode
By Charlie Griffiths, pp 88-90

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2014 May

Issue 230


Extreme Guitar
By Milton Mermikides, pp 28-34

Are you tired of playing middle-of-the-road blues, rock or pop? Then let’s get adventurous and take things to extremes, says Milton Mermikides.

TRACK RECORD Head straight for ‘middle period’ Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (1970), Roxy & Elsewhere (1972), Overnite Sensation (1973), Apostrophe (1974), Zoot Allures (1976) and Studio Tan (1976). Also check out Steve Vai’s Flex-Able (1984) and Passion & Warfare (1990), Joe Satriani’s Surfing With The Alien (1989), and King Crimson’s Red (1974) and Discipline (1981). For pure experimental guitar, try anything by Derek Bailey, Henry Kaiser or Fred Frith.

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2016 April

Issue 254


Frank Zappa
By Martin Cooper, pp 52-54

Martin Cooper looks at the genre-blending style of a formidable musician and a unique guitarist: the Mother of Invention, Frank Zappa.



2018 May

Issue 282


Fretboard Fluency
By Martin Goulding, p 88

  Martin Goulding continues his look at the Lydian mode. With its distinctive #4th degree it’s an airy and uplifting sound, known for its association with flight.

The Lydian mode is an airy and uplifting sound well used in the themes of film soundtracks and musicals including Westside Story (Maria) and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Anakin's Theme). The Lydian mode is also a sound commonly heard in the music of legendary composer and influential guitar icon Frank Zappa. Check out the title track taken from the 1981 release Shut Up 'N‘ Play Yer Guitar for Frank's characteristic use of the Lydian mode when improvising.



2020 December

Issue 315


Frank Zappa - Halloween '81 (review)
By ?, p 5