Inside the new issue of Total Guitar: How To Play Blues – 20 Ways To Get Your Mojo Workin'

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Cover Feature:

How To Play Blues! 20 ways to get your mojo workin' with TG's playing tips, tab riffs and jam tracks. We also look at the best gear available for blues today, and we profile the greatest blues guitarists of all time. Plus! We break down the blues styles of Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix.


Larkin Poe

"Blues should be a living art form" – The music of Larkin Poe is both deep-rooted and future-facing, with one golden rule: “Every song has to have a riff!”

Alter Bridge

"The guitars are breathing!" – A deep dive into the heavy new Alter Bridge album – with Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy, two guitarists in perfect balance... 

The 1975

"In one song there's nine guitar parts going on simultaneously" – How the two-guitar dynamic works in The 1975 – by the band’s lead player and secret metalhead Adam Hann


"Some of our songs don't even have a solo" – Two guitarists, zero showboating: Inside the retro-chic blues of GA-20


"For one solo I was using eight fuzz pedals!" – How the reunited Alexisonfire are reinventing post-hardcore – with “ancient” effects and blues-inspired solos

Learn To Play:

AC/DC - Hells Bells

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tippa My Tongue

The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba

Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man


Chapman ML2 Pro

Squier 40th Anniversary Jazzmaster Gold Edition

Blackstar Dept 10 Amped 1

Electro-Harmonix J Mascis Ram’s Head Big Muff


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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.