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Less Is More

Con­sider how great play­ers as di­verse as Nile Rodgers, Steve Crop­per, Django Rein­hardt, Tony Iommi, Danny Gat­ton, Wes Mont­gomery and Jimi Hen­drix sound. All of these and count­less other world-class gui­tar play­ers are acutely aware of the value of see­ing the gui­tar hor­i­zon­tally in groups of three, two or even just along the length of one string at a time. Not only does this give us a greater sense of dis­tanceto-pitch con­nec­tion, where each hor­i­zon­tal mo­tion has a di­rect re­la­tion­ship to the change in pitch, we also achieve a smoother bal­ance of tone and our parts will oc­cupy a more spe­cific and there­fore clearer po­si­tion in the band. We can then de­cide to hold our course for the du­ra­tion of an en­tire song, to pro­vide con­sis­tency to an ar­range­ment, or move to a new lo­ca­tion when we choose for a spe­cific pur­pose to give our play­ing a sense of log­i­cal devel­op­ment, pro­gres­sion and vari­a­tion.

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