Technique focus Timing
The secret of good guitar playing – whether pulling back the tempo slightly on gospel style arpeggios or hitting with each snare beat right on the button with Motown style ‘chops’ – is about the way you deliver an idea, as this has a major effect on the way it’s perceived by the listener. For solo guitar phrases (as most of these examples are) this is also true. Alternate picked phrases can sound jumbled and incoherent if they push or pull too much against the beat – and this control is best achieved by playing regularly against a timing reference, whether that be a metronome, drum loop or even a recording of a favourite song. Start slowly and build up in comfortable increments. Patience is key!