"I remember hearing 'Hey Jude' by Wilson Pickett and calling either Ahmet Ertegun or Tom Dowd and saying, 'Who's that guitar player?'" says Eric Clapton in the top video below. It turns out the guitar player was a 22-year-old Duane Allman, aka "Skydog."
It takes balls to ask a legendary bassist like Horace Panter of the Specials to sit in with you for a cigar box guitar concert. It takes balls the size of Cleveland to demand he play a washtub bass. Apparently, I have balls the size of Cleveland.
As a producer and arranger, I have to consider the sonic landscape of my tracks before I start. Years of experience give me the ability to hear the whole production before I begin. Of course, I leave myself room to veer off course along the way. But I can usually see a very clear picture of what I want before I start laying down tracks.
There's no set path for a guitarist to find his own sound. Finding your own signature and take on what has come before will always be a subjective and personal endeavor. Here's a short list of things I've managed to learn over the years, things that have helped me develop a sound and style I can call my own.
Today I want to talk about one of the biggest self-sabotaging mistakes many students make. This silent assassin applies even to some of my most committed students. It goes something like this: I show my student an example. Before I am done with it, he or she student starts to try to play it immediately. This happens more often than not while I’m in the middle of showing them "how to play it." Get it?