#1
Im going to subscribe to a guitar magazine and am having trouble deciding between total guitar and guitar techniques. Could anyone explain the main differences and give the pros and cons of each. The price is the same so im not bothered with that

Thanks
#3
I have a Guitar World subscription, and I really do enjoy it.
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#5
hmm well i have both guitars for the last 4 months, an i prefer total guitar, good tabs, reviews, new music, good novice section, gues lessonst from awesome guitarists im gonna subscride wheni get this months one
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#6
i think guitar techniques is the best for improving your techniques. i think the main difference between the 2 is that you will find more reviews about guitars/bands in total guitar then in GT
#8
hmm as im interested in the techniques side of things i think i might try that... altho ill buy both before subscribing
#9
Total Guitar
Aimed at 12-15 year olds.
Reviews budget equipment glowingly (in order to encourage beginners, not objectively analyse gear).
Asks somewhat kiddy, fun questions of whoever is popular with Kerrang!/MTV/whatever is popular.
Presented in a way that a Year 8 teacher might present things - with an encouraging smile and a bucketload of enthusiasm.
Changes layout, features fairly regularly in order to remain appearing fresh and new to beginners.
Tabs whatever is popular.
The Gear reviewers tend to pretend that they don't know much about the technical side of gear, as if they would be in a magazine selling thousands monthly if they didn't.

Guitar Techniques
Focuses, believe it or not, on techniques.
Covers a wide range of genres, with theory and techniques covered.
Has a continuous section dedicated to "Creative Rock" - jazz fusion etc.

Guitarist
Is maybe 70% reviews.
Tends to review more expensive gear, but reviews them well.

Guitar World
The American magazines seem to be 40% adverts, which can be a bit annoying.
Splits articles over many pages for no apparent reason.
The tabs sometimes seem a bit over-precise imo - they'll notate every little scratch and noise the guitarist makes, and work out the precise note values and ratios ...
Does video gear tests on the CD, which is useful (some of these can also be found on YouTube).
Last edited by blue_strat at Apr 19, 2008,
#10
Quote by dealer91
hmm as im interested in the techniques side of things i think i might try that... altho ill buy both before subscribing

there a lot more exercises in guitar techniques then in the other
and they are very helpfull
in the newest edition for spring 2008 you will find a complete tab for satch boogie and 9 pages dedicated to hybrid picking and lot's more.
#11
Guitar Techniques. I've just recently gotten into Guitar Techniques magazine (4 months ago). And I can't speak highly enough of it. Guitar World sucks balls. 99.9% of it is just advertisements.
In Australia we're a few months behind on Guitar Techniques magazine. I just recently purchased GT149 (The instrumental edition). I can't wait uintill next months "Ultimate Practice Schedule" edition.
Last edited by Rhythm__Guitar at Apr 19, 2008,
#12
I like guitar player...
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#13
i used to get total guitar, then when i started looking at guitar techniques i realised it was much better and ive been getting it ever since

by that i mean guitar techniques is much better than total guitar


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#14
I really like guitar world but its annoying that every other page is an ad

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I love guitar techniques, even though I'm in Australia and it's an English magazine. Those one minute licks help me like you wouldn't believe. The only thing I don't like is that they have glossy tab pages, which means they reflect the light, so I cant read them
#16
I really like Guitar Player. They have a good mix of reviews, lessons, and artist features.

The reviews tend to be more focused on the middle to upper range of gear, but I've seen beginning range equipment reviewed.

The feature vary a bit. For example, this month was a guide to pedalboards, but last month it was Allan Holdsworth, and sometime prior to that it was the 50 best live DVD's.

The lessons cover all levels of playing from beginner to advanced.
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#17
i hate that guitar world is so metal/ classic rock oriented... yeah they are good genres but ffs there are people with different musical tastes...
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i hate that guitar world is so metal/ classic rock oriented... yeah they are good genres but ffs there are people with different musical tastes...


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#19
uhh...im a suscriber to Geetar World and i like it...never really checked out other mags tough
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#20
I used to get total guitar but they just started filling it with ****. Been thinking about getting GT and i think i will go now and pick up this months as it looks pretty ace
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#21
Quote by dealer91
Im going to subscribe to a guitar magazine and am having trouble deciding between total guitar and guitar techniques. Could anyone explain the main differences and give the pros and cons of each. The price is the same so im not bothered with that

Thanks

If I remember correctly, total guitar=mainstream rock oriented with a large dose of scene bands, and guitar techniques=serious guitar magazine.

But I can't be bothered verifying if total guitar is the crappy guitar magazine...
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#22
I just bought guitar edge yesterday, never heard of it before I got it. It has 12 tabs and 3 lessons, then a review or two, and articles on how to set up gear.


Pretty decent for $7
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#23
Quote by Rhythm__Guitar
Guitar Techniques. I've just recently gotten into Guitar Techniques magazine (4 months ago). And I can't speak highly enough of it. Guitar World sucks balls. 99.9% of it is just advertisements.
In Australia we're a few months behind on Guitar Techniques magazine. I just recently purchased GT149 (The instrumental edition). I can't wait uintill next months "Ultimate Practice Schedule" edition.



I like Guitar world. I'm not that advanced though. It helps me a little bit, and there are good interviews. Guitar world is filled with tons of adds and it is classic rock and metal which is cool with me. I am quite sure there are better mags out there. I think I will try out guitar techniques!
#24
wow hot damn, if we subscribe to guitar techniques right now we get a free mini amp, woop woop
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#25
Total Guitar

it's entertaining and informative
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