REMEMBER TO LOVE PLAYING
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!