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Jason Sid­well pon­ders on the dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to play­ing and when and where is the best time to ap­ply them.

Many years go I heard a singer state, “Don’t make it your life’s work” in re­la­tion to the amount of con­cen­tra­tion be­ing put into a musical sce­nario. The im­pli­ca­tion was, ‘It’s good enough, job done’. I also re­call the first interview I did with Steve Morse when he said: “How do you ex­pect to be a good chef if you don’t care how the burger is flipped on the grill?” Two very dif­fer­ent out­looks; one fo­cused on just get­ting the job done, the other about the qual­ity of the job. At times, we need to em­brace the first out­look; time is tight and a re­sult is re­quired quickly. This could be a Top 40 dep gig where you’ve got 48 hours to do your best on prep­ping 30 or so songs. Qual­ity will be out-shouted due to quan­tity, so fo­cus more on dif­fi­cult sec­tions; do a de­cent job and you might save the day and get a call back in the fu­ture. Where this men­tal­ity isn’t ap­pli­ca­ble, how­ever, is the prac­tice room. It’s here you have time and space to be su­per dili­gent. It’s the ideal en­vi­ron­ment to care ‘how you flip your burger’; ev­ery string bend, each pick stroke and all string noise should be get­ting scru­ti­nised and im­proved upon. Your prac­tice room is also where your copies of GT should be, ready to con­sult and study all things of qual­ity and macro de­tail. With our ar­ti­cles that cover stylis­tic trade­marks through to de­tailed tech­nique and the­o­ret­i­cal point­ers, we present de­tailed pearls of wis­dom so you can take the time to adopt and ad­just to suit your sce­nario(s).” Don’t make it your life’s work” still jars with me to­day. Be care­ful you don’t take this route too of­ten with your mu­sic mak­ing. Qual­ity counts for you, those you work with and your au­di­ence.

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