Guitar Techniques - - Talk Back -

I would like to write about some­thing that isn’t talked about so of­ten. As I’ve been study­ing mu­sic for a long time, I’ve no­ticed it’s quite com­mon that you for­get to en­joy play­ing the gui­tar. With to­day’s pos­si­bil­i­ties of the In­ter­net where you can see in­cred­i­ble play­ers that do play al­most any­thing, you have high stan­dards of how you should be able to play. Then some­times I see stu­dents end­ing up only think­ing only about the tech­nique. They for­get to re­ally lis­ten to the sound, the phras­ing, and try­ing to make ev­ery note sound as the most beau­ti­ful note some­one has ever heard. It’s of course great to prac­tice to be a great gui­tarist but it’s also worth re­mem­ber­ing that tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence is only part of it; you also should think about your own per­sonal unique sound and how amaz­ing it re­ally is when you get to play the gui­tar. Tony Sun­den

So true Tony! I re­mem­ber the late, great Gary Moore talk­ing to me about people learn­ing to play and mis­tak­enly con­cen­trat­ing on speed or tech­nique first. He said some­thing like, “If you don’t learn to play well, slowly, your fast play­ing will al­ways sound a mess.” He meant ex­actly what you said, that play­ers should learn to cre­ate beau­ti­ful sin­gle notes – no string noise, no buzzing, good vi­brato, ac­cu­rate bends etc – be­fore speed­ing up. How many times do GT tu­tors say “learn it per­fectly at a slow tempo be­fore try­ing to speed up, or you’ll sim­ply em­bed poor tech­nique and phras­ing into your play­ing”? So, well said!

Gary Moore: a lefty-righty with a su­perb touch, slow or fast!

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