Why You Should Learn About Great Guitar
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If your goal is to become a great guitar player, performing
before millions of screaming fans, you already have an idea of
the commitment you will need to make in terms of time and
effort. If your desire is to develop your guitar talents so that
you can enjoy a relaxing hobby with friends or family, you
probably still realize the fact that learning to play well is
not an easy undertaking. As with any skill, becoming a good
guitarist requires determination, discipline and hours of
practice. So, what benefit can you possibly derive from just
reading about great guitar players? The answer: plenty. Learning
about other people who have accomplished something that you wish
to do yourself can provide knowledge, inspiration, and life
lessons that will benefit you as you work to attain your goal.
The articles in this section of the website profile great
guitarists from many different eras of rock music. You will find
information about some of the "grandfathers" of the movement
like Bo Diddley,
Chuck Berry, and
B.B. King. They were
responsible for taking the rhythms found in blues and gospel
music and tweaking them enough to create a whole new sound. They
were some of the first musicians to use electric guitars and
amplifiers and laid the groundwork for developing great guitar
solos that are still loved today.
You will also read about some of the talented musicians of the
60's and 70's like
George Harrison of the Beatles,
and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. They helped to create
classic songs that will live forever and did a lot to develop
new techniques and equipment that permanently changed the sound
of popular music.
Dimebag Darrell Abbott and
Eddie Van Halen are just two of the
innovators that made metal music such a sensation in the 80's
and 90's. With their screaming solos and dynamic presence on
stage, they wowed audiences around the world and inspired
countless young musicians to follow in their footsteps.
There are several artists profiled here that are still producing
great music today and drawing large crowds whenever they tour.
Paul Gilbert, and
Joe Satriani, for example, just released new
albums this year.
These great guitarists all have a few things in common that
should inspire and inform you if you wish to follow in their
footsteps. First and foremost, they all spent hours and hours in
diligent practice. There is simply no substitute for spending
time with a guitar in your hands. The best players have used
different methods to advance their skills. Some play scales
relentlessly, some gather their friends and have endless jam
sessions. Some, like Keith Richards wake up in the middle of the
night to write down an idea for a great solo or chord
progression so that they can re-create it in the morning. But,
all the high-caliber guitar guys, without exception, have loved
their craft to such a degree that they considered the time they
spent in practice to be the best part of their day.
Another commonality these famous musicians have is their
understanding of the structure and theory of music. It is true
that not all the greats were formally trained at institutions of
higher learning. Many did not even take
guitar lessons from qualified
instructors. However, all of them managed to grasp the concepts
of chords, scales, and modes, so that they could produce riffs
and licks that would please their audiences. The individual
stories of the way each person learned to understand and create
music have a lot to teach guitar students of today.
A third quality possessed by the most influential guitarists is
their willingness to take risks with their music. None of these
performers were content to play in the style they had listened
to all their lives. They continually pushed the edges of their
genre, by changing the technique, equipment, chords, or rhythms
they employed until they produced a unique and memorable sound.
The way that each man helped to shape the world of music during
his time on the stage makes fascinating reading.
Sadly, the lives of some of these musicians also present
cautionary tales about the darker side of the world of rock
music. Too many of these talented players lost years of valuable
time to drug or alcohol abuse that could have been spent
producing great music. Some even lost their lives at a young age
because of their inability to break away from addiction. Others,
however, provide inspirational stories of their emergence from
the drug culture and return to creativity. These are accounts
that should encourage and motivate musicians of all abilities to
focus on their music and use their talents wisely.
Overall, the information you find here will provide you with
valuable knowledge and moving tales of success that can only
enhance your own effort to become a good guitarist. Use the
facts you learn to stimulate your practice time and reinvigorate
your mindset. The world is waiting for the next great guitarist
to make his appearance. It could very well be you.
Choose a guitarist from the right-hand
navigation to see how they became one of the greats.
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