“Some of what you practice should sound s**t, because then you know you’re working on something that needs to be worked on”: Guthrie Govan on the art of improvisation – and how to make practice as effective as possible

Guthrie Govan
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As one of his generation’s finest electric guitar virtuosos, Guthrie Govan has an elite approach to playing the instrument – one characterized by inexplicable speed, incomprehensible technicality and, most importantly, unwavering feel and musicality.

Therefore, when Govan offers his two cents on what players could be doing to improve as guitarists, we listen.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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