Every month, GP Managing Editor Kevin Owens picks the most interesting, inspiring, humorous, snotty, honest, and/or confounding piece of Feedback, cheeses it as “Letter of the Month,” and sends the lucky winner a snazzy GP t-shirt. In addition, this month’s winner will receive a Seymour Duncan Power Grid Distortion!
I grew up in the ’60s, and got my first guitar in 1964—a $12.50 Stella from the Sears catalog. Back then, few, if any of us, could read music, so we didn’t bother. Instead, you learned G, C, and D. The barre chord was the ultimate achievement because it gave you the whole neck to play on; move or lift just one or two fingers and you got 7th chords or 6ths or minors. It was amazing. But for rock, it was three chords and let it fly. Experiment, and make it your own. I didn’t even know until a couple of years ago that there was such a thing as the pentatonic scale, but that’s what we used back then in ignorant bliss. Since then, I’ve discovered the new technical world of modern guitar playing, where everyone seems to have a master’s in music theory and can play a zillion notes a second at any metronome setting, and I’ve been feeling totally ignorant and most inadequate. That is until I read the Alvin Lee interview. He has revived my faith in myself and the “old ways,” when we just went for it and didn’t try to copy anybody. So thank you, Alvin, for your words of confirmation and inspiration.Jon Forseth HOME, WA
Having grown up in the shadow of Woodstock, I was very pleased to see Alvin Lee in the October issue. He has all the traits and characteristics to make him a true pioneer, legend, and professional: an immediately identifiable tone and playing style, ground-breaking music, and highvolume record sales. Thanks for a great magazine all these years and for making my day with this issue.Joe Tammaro LOCUSTGROVE, GA
November’s feature on Taj Mahal included an error that referred to Jesse Ed Davis as Jesse Ed Harris. Our apologies to Mssrs. Davis and Harris.
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