TG225: Deep Purple and 'Smoke On The Water'

Issue 225 of Total Guitar magazine is now available in the UK (and digitally worldwide via Newsstand and Zinio), featuring the story of Deep Purple's greatest era and a full tab of 'Smoke On The Water'. Are YOU playing it right?

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Deep Purple: MK II
The story of British rock's most dysfunctional family, plus the full, accurate tab and story behind 'Smoke On The Water'

Noah And The Whale
How Charlie Fink and his band went from gearless tears to mainstream glory

NAMM 2012
TG (ahem) braved the harsh Californian winter to bring you this preview of the year's best new gear

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
The blues guitarist talks inspirations, Strats and his new album, 'How I Go'

Dave Davies
How a little green amp and brotherly love helped shape The Kinks legend

Steal Their Style
Dimebag's tone and techniques

Plus! White Snake, Machine Head, Korn, Cancer Bats, Steel Panther

Learn To Play

Full tabs, backing tracks, the story behind the songs and a guide to getting the tones for…

Deep Purple 'Smoke On The Water'
The Smiths 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now'
Foo Fighters 'Walk'
Edvard Grieg 'In The Hall Of The Mountain King' (unofficial Alton Towers theme)
Traditional 'The Wild Rover'


Metallica 'Just A Bullet Away'

Essentials: Get Playing Now Part Three - Your First Solo

Warren Haynes Guest Lesson
Stanley Jordan Guest Lesson
Steve Lukather Guest Lesson

Rockschool Grade Four
RGT Initial Stage Rock


Over 20 pages of gear news, reviews and advice.

Reviewed this issue:

Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus
Takamine EF300SE-BW
2012 Gear Preview: NAMM report
Ibanez Premium RG870QMZ
Gretsch Electromatic CVT III
Head To Head: Wah-wah pedals
Fender Z.Vex Instant Lo-Fi Junkie
Electro-Harmonix Analogizer

Plus! Accessories, First Look: Misa Kitara, Praise Of: Floyd Rose vibrato, Ed's Shed: Tweaking your trussrod

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.