For all practical purposes, guitar players for the most part are never happy with their current playing skills. Work harder, practice more, play that exercise one more time, until your old lady can’t take it anymore. In a recent post on A Logical Approach to Rhythm, I spoke about the breakthrough points of acquiring this fundamental skill and some techniques to obtain it.
It may be hard to believe this, however I might as well admit it now. Rhythm kicks my butt. It is a lot harder for me to be a rhythm player than play lead. I’m not normal, no one ever said I was either. even my dad, who is a retired headshrinker, always avoided the subject of what is normal and if I am normal. As you may know, we met some new friends recently. You may remember from my latest post on The Perfect Jam that I have a wonderful and patient new jam friend. Alan my jam partner who just lives down the street called us out for a jam yesterday.
When we arrived, the women decided to do some gardening. Organic style gardening which is one of my wifes many strong points. She plays a mean guitar too, but that was OK with us guys!
Allan is one rhythmy guy, and that is an understatement. I am not that easy to impress, but he really has some chops. Not having a big ego problem, I asked Allan for some tips. For a guy who has no formal education in terms of playing the guitar, he sure has a lot of knowledge about many of the finer points. He went on to show me a few techniques he used when he was learning. By the way, the term used for people who are self taught (in any field) s called an ‘autodidact’. My brainy sister taught me that!
I’m not going into the finer points of what I learned yesterday. It is not fair for me to teach you how to learn these exercises, when I am still studying them. When I become more proficient, then I will share them with you. Put simply there are many components involved in the ongoing process of learning rhythm guitar. The thing that holds true, in order to play the guitar, there are no short cuts available. Certainly some folks may have a better sense of timing and rhythm, ask them how they achieved their level of skill. What is the answer. Practice, effective practice, repetition and all the paradigms mentioned in Logical Effective Practice Methods for all guitar players.
I got to try out Alan’s PRS guitar, that was a highlight for me, especially playing through a Bogner Amp head. We changed guitars for a while. I mean you know me, my Eric Clapton Custom shop guitar is the best even, Allan admitted that it played well. ( I knew he would!) But I’m here to say that if I were to buy a different style of guitar, it is a no brainer for me, a Paul Reed Smith it would be. Period. As one gentleman to another, I asked Allan, through email this morning if I could do a review on it, and if he says yes, then I will give you my un-biased review of a Paul Reed Smith guitar,
and the sweetness of a Bogner amp.
I highly recommend not trying out the aforementioned equipment, unless you want to become obsessed with them. Becoming obsessed with them, and hence, having to have them is what I call GAS (gear acquisition syndrome).
One of our jobs at Guitar Players Center is to bring a different slant to the guitar world. We don’t want to write about the usual stuff, especially worn out subjects. Give us input on your interests, leave a comment or Share It with the world. The point is that when you do a Google Search and find the wrong, worn out same old answer to your question 1000 times, let me know what you are looking for and I’ll provide you with the proper info, that is my job. So, does anyone have a PRS guitar or Bogner amp? Let me know how you feel about them and why you choose those two brands. Enjoy.