If you already own some guitars and are looking for an excuse to buy more, why not use them as home decor. This expensive undertaking is exactly how one Chicago loft created it’s unique look. The owner has what appears to be over 20 feet of vertical space on the wall over his tv that needed to be filled. Hanging nine different guitars from the wall created a very chic and awe inducing sight. Judging from the rest of the pictures, he has more guitars around the apartment that are located in friendlier positioning for regular practice. Once you’ve gone this far, you may as well add a guitar shaped pool. See more photos of the loft at freshome.com.
Have you heard of Jason Becker? Have you seen the documentary on his life and music? If you’re playing guitar, you need to. Jason was a virtuoso guitarist who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1990 as he was preparing for a tour with David Lee Roth. While the disease robbed his body of the ability to move, and doctors gave him three to five years to live, his mind remains sharp and he continues to compose music with the aid of a computer system and language chart that is controlled by his eye movements.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is a testament to the power of music and the strength of the human spirit. Find out more about Jason at his website, JasonBecker.com.
Does one note say more than a hundred? This subject always brings with it a heated conversation between the advocates of “shredding” and those who oppose such. Al Di Meola was interviewed in Guitar World last year, and while the interview covered several topics, one question was regarding speed and musicality.
The question is, “What’s more important: learning to play a lot of notes fast or learning how to get the most out of a few notes?”
You need both abilities: to be able to sing a melody and play with space, and also to have the requisite technique to play the most intricate music. That makes you more complete, and able to play a wider variety of music. It’s a bunch of bullshit every time guitarists say, “One note says so much more than 100.” I always laugh at idiots who make that claim. Tell that to a flamenco player or a classical player and see what they say. It’s almost a defensive reaction. They take something they lack, attack it and claim they never wanted it in the first place. Sure!
While I completely agree with Al Di Meola’s answer, I’m curious how you feel about this topic. Either way, you’ll be biased. But what are your reasons for your opinion? What sort of musical education do you have? These and other questions can easily shape your opinion.
And in pondering this, you might even raise your level of musicianship.
Our own Matthias Young has just written an article for Guitar World on writing more creative guitar riffs. Starting with the premise of a chromatic bass line, most new guitarists would immediately add root position power chords to the line to create a riff. The result is fine but a little hard to solo over. By adding diatonic power chords and inverted borrowed chords you can create a more interesting riff that is now in A minor. Read the full article for more information and audio examples or watch the companion video.
What kind of improvement would you see with 100 straight days of guitar practice? Marco Dela Torre demonstrated just that by uploading daily video clips of his practice sessions to the GiveIt100 website. Marco selected a sweep picking and finger tapping section of the song “My Will Be Done” by Unearth. Below you will find a video highlighting his progress that culminates with a performance after 100 days of work. You can follow the link above to see extended clips from each day he uploaded.
Are you encouraged? Take 100 days (give or take) and try your hand at our Beginner Arpeggios & Sweep Picking lesson package.