Beyond the Fretboard: Changing Things Up

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akronman66

Great thoughts!
I've been playing for about 5 years , one thing I've learned is that guitar is an ever evolving journey.
When I started out it was 100% technique. I see the points this article raises
And they are all solid valid points.
Very useful insights !

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expat

Great article!
I once had a lesson from a neo-classical virtuoso (I had asked him about phrasing) - he asked me to solo over few chords. I started soloing and he stopped me immediately - said I was playing too many notes. I tried again, and again he stopped me. I also play slide and he asked me to use the slide on my third attempt. I did and he said, 'now your'e getting it. For great phrasing, try and play your leads like your slide'.
The lesson for me is: it's easy to get caught up in speed and lose the emotion and feeling of sustained notes, good vibrato and good tone. Now when I listen to a recording of me playing, I almost always hear too many notes - even when I think I'm being conservative. The problem with speeding is that emotional musical perspective can be lost in the adrenaline rush and the adrenaline rush can itself become a bad habit that kills feeling an emotion. I guess the real trick is to be able to do both very well. I am working on it :)

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CBreen

I hear ya man...balance is definitely the optimal goal. Sometimes playing a lot of notes fast is appropriate for the section. But mixing in the "detours" and slowing down brings more attention to your phrasing which can create real interest with listeners. Thanks for reading!

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Ibzepi

My preferred style is a mixture between Gary Moore (loads of feeling and some face-melting fast licks, also some playing with the volume knob), Joe Satriani (technical, but also a good deal of feeling and very melodic), and Steve Vai (extreme trem abuse, tapping, lightning-fast licks, and calmer parts with feeling). Overall, I try to play with my whole heart and soul, while using some moderately fast to quite fast licks, some technical stuff such like tapping, and I use my floyd for all kinds of stuff from harmonic squeals to divebombs to vibrato. But I think feeling is most important.

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CBreen

Definitely, I think the main focus in a solo should be more of the melody and the feel. Then you could decorate the core of the solo with fast licks. Thanks for reading!

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box of dope

well said, would be nice if every musician just played the way they wanted to.

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CBreen

I agree, thanks for reading!

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