9 thoughts on “Misc.”

  1. I have to agree with Kevin, that balance is defiantly something that is important to this topic and i think its something that comes with age.. i think as “young” guitar players the emotional level of the “average” teen is one of a aggression and frustration which leads to a learning curve of wanting to be the best the most popular the fastest .. play hard play fast.. as you get older your emotions play a much more pivotal role into your musical compositions, also fear and self doubt make you very emotionless as you always trying to hit every note on time perfect (this is defiantly a problem for me still) that i am not relaxed enough to “go with the flow” too often.. technique and emotion go hand in hand.. i find i don’t have the technique to convey the emotion as i am trying hard to think about what notes/chords/patterns to play for what is being played around me.. this is VERY obvious in my videos on youtube where there might be brief moments of emotion mixed with fumbled attempts to find the next note. i certainly have changed in my “musical” asperations to wanting to be “guns and roses or metallica” playing sold out donnington (yes i grew up in the end of the 80s early 90s) to wanting to be a guitarist in a band people want to come to see .. at a smaller venue.. but getting back on topic… i see this as very much like any other “creative” art.. you have to copy somthing to understand how it works .. with music you listen to a song. and go i like how that chord sounds that riff, that whatever it is.. and if you want to do it you replicate it.. and upon hearing it from your own fingers/lips/hands what ever you play or do.. it fells you with the emotion that you felt upon first hearing it.. but you need some kind of guide to technique to be able to replicate it. ok i think i rambled insensibly but .. for me they are both sides of the same coin.

    1. Sorry, seems I missed a few comments here.
      You’re absolutely right Wolfie. Technique is very much about freeing yourself up from thinking about it, and letting your feelings take over.

  2. Very thought-provoking Elmo. I guess one of the reasons why we often focus much more on the technical side of things is that it’s much easier to practice and measure progress. You can work, for example, on speed picking and see improvement as you are able to increase the metronome tempo. It’s far more difficult to “practice” putting emotion into playing. I think the ideal is to have a balance in playing where the technique is sufficient to be able to support the emotion, rather than the other way round. That, at least for me puts emotion in front of technique – being able to play extremely fast is only a useful technical skill if the emotion you want to express, and what you want to say requires it.

    1. True. Measuring emotional progress is impossible.
      I’ve also always been a bit suspicious of measuring with a metronome. It seems like risky business.

  3. I think most guitarists into rock/metal do start out “wanna be the fastest” – even Gary Moore said it – and then, as they get older, their goals change to incorporate more of themselves as a person – the “human element” as you say. I remember YJM once said he tried to play his notes as clear as possible but after having listened to many guitarists of the same genre, his notes are often actually quite blurred and muffled in places – ie not mechanical. I also absolutely agree about there being so many “perfect” albums which all blend into one because they lack identity. Most guitarists would be able to recognise Hendrix or EVH or even Chuck Berry because they created an identity – something incredibly hard to do.

    1. I think you might be right Kevin. Age probably plays a part.
      I’ve certainly shifted from wanting to be the fastest to something different. OK, I still want to be the fastest 😀

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