Take a break. Let’s rock!
The other night I was out with some friends who I hadn't seen in a long time. In a decidedly non-guitar crowd the talk somehow turned to guitars (I guess the know me well). One of them expressed an interest in taking the instrument more seriously and asked me "how do I get better?" I thought about it for a moment and answered, "find something hard and conquer it".
Great musicians experience two simultaneous tracks of time: the present and the near-future. The ability to "be in the present" while already thinking about your next move is a key to great performances for athletes as well as musicians. It sounds spacey, but it's a powerful concept. So how do you achieve this metaphysical state of mind?
I have a somewhat-unhealthy affinity for collecting finger exercises. While we can all agree that, by themselves, they aren't very valuable musically, they aren't totally useless—if you put them in the right perspective. To use them effectively means understanding what your goals are and how they fit with them. One approach is to understand the difference between warmup exercises and training exercises.
Oh man, I am beyond excited about this new project I’m working on. Coming later this summer is a new premium lesson, Class Dismissed! which focuses on the Van Halen “power shuffle” style in the vein of songs like Hot For Teacher, I’m the One and Ice Cream Man. There is so much good stuff in here that I almost don’t even know where to begin…