Joe Satriani: “You’re not going to sell out theaters or get a billion streams with finger exercises”

Joe Satriani
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To make it as a guitarist in today’s world, you’ve got to know your way around the fretboard. And to build chops, you need to spend countless hours woodshedding and practicing scale runs, right?

Well, according to Joe Satriani – one of the most adept electric guitar players on the planet – while dedicated practice is important, there comes a point where it yields diminishing returns, and focus should be placed elsewhere.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.