Jerry Hahn

Penning over 50 lessons, Jerry Hahn was one of GP’s most prolific columnists. His pieces were great because they rarely if ever featured exercises that merely improved a guitarist’s physical technique.

Hahns’s examples always improved a player’s overall musicality as well. For instance, ask yourself: Are these three knuckle-busting stretching exercises merely fretboard calisthenics, or do they also demonstrate sly ways of affecting smooth key modulations via stepwise voice-leading? (Tip: If the stretches are too brutal, move the exercise higher up the neck.)