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.