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  • A Word of Advice from Scott Henderson

    This months' Guitar Player, when asked if there's anything he has his students at MI work on:

    "I remind them that they have to constantly work on three things: their time, their phrasing, and their tone."

    Good advice, Mr. Henderson, good advice...  Printed that out and hung it on the wall of my studio.  Very relevant for me.

    One of my goals this year is to really work on my timing.  I have to keep that foot tapping all the time.  When playing faster runs I tend to just "play fast" but not in time, so the line ends a bit early or late, and I have to adjust part way through to make it it.  It's not even.  Something I'm aware of, but need to work on.

    I also got lazy over the years, and depend too much on the kick and snare to keep time for me.  I notice that whenever I sit down to play something out of the blue (like when trying a guitar a music shop, or when i just sit down grab the guitar and go), my timing is terribe unless I take a few seconds, tap out a tempo with my foot, feel the groove, and THEN start playing.  If I do that first, everything sounds better.  If I sit down and just start blurting out notes it's awful.  Get that time first and the rest follows.  I'll have to check back in in a few months...


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    BydoEmpire wrote:                                                                                                                                      I have to keep that foot tapping all the time.

    After a while of tapping my foot my leg starts to tense.

    I heard the following tip credited to Scott Henderson - "The faster you play, the less women will be at
    your gigs"

    I used to be "with it", then they changed what "it" was.
    Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.
    (Abe Simpson)


    • 1001gear
      1001gear commented
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      Yah baybee ...

      To this I'd add SYNC.

      Too much live music is optimised for ignorants. Sorry, um - "fans". That is to say not at all. Yeah sure it's rehearsed and tight but the details seldom gel and then only momentarily and usually at random. Take a cue from the orchestroids. No matter the genre, your band is an ensemble and should be played with as much dedication and attention to detail as you afford your axe.


  • #3
    Yes, good stuff.

    That's almost exactly what Jeremy was saying in that other thread. I think Scott said tone while Jeremy mentioned touch.

    But you are right to focus on your timing. Without proper timing,,,, well, you know.

    Thanks Bydo.


    • #4
      Jeremy also mentioned Focus and Listening.