When it comes to playing the guitar, beginners and experts try to mimic the great, which eventually leads to playing 10min solos like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and even Eddie Van Helen. While these are just some of the greatest guitarist in the world who demanded respect, they didn’t reach the height of their fame by simply being world class divos. The greatest guitarists of all time shared a few characteristics that the team at Zager Guitar considers the do’s and don’ts of being a perfect guitarist.
5. No One Likes a Diva
While it may seem like every guitarist has a bad boy (or girl) attitude on stage, they are typically the nicest person backstage. Since most of a guitarist’s time is spent off stage writing music with bandmates, having an ability to connect with everyone personally will get you a lot further than clashing.
4. Create Your Own Style
It’s always great to use established guitarist for inspiration but you’ll never develop your own identity if you base your craft completely off of theirs. Once you realize all music is a derivative you’ll then be able to craft your own sound for future guitarist to learn and love.
3. Know the Fundamentals Even If You’re Self-Taught
If you’re a self-taught guitarist you’ll probably have a few idiosyncrasies that make you stand out from the rest. This is a great thing until the fundamentals of music come into play. If you can’t read music or understand common chord changes things will begin to get tougher as you deal with professional music producers who expect some knowledge of the basics. Take a few minutes to brush up or learn the fundamentals as you practice.
2. Practice the Things You Don’t Know…Not the Other Way Around
The only way you’re going to become a great guitarist is by practicing the things you don’t know or haven’t been able to fully grasp. Practicing new things maybe boring and somewhat tedious at first but eventually you’ll start to play things you didn’t know you were capable of. Who know’s one day you maybe able to create something as great as “In the Year 2525” with a Zager Guitar and go down in history.
1. Image Matters So Play the Part
One of the sad truths about the music industry is that your image is just as important as your talent. When it comes to selling songs and getting recognition for your skills, people aren’t just buying into the music– they’re buying the image.