Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website. This weeks question...
Q). I've been jamming on guitar for awhile, (11 years now). And, I can play fairly decent, I can solo, I'm doing some songwriting and some recording. My question is more directed at a philosophy for playing effortless guitar? I especially find things difficult when I'm playing live, or when I'm recording. Every time negative thoughts enter my mind I either mess-up, or I don't play as well as I can play when my mind is calm & relaxed. Could you speak on this? Allan - Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
A). When it comes to individual philosophies concerned with playing fluid and smooth, keeping a focused mind, or just being able to allow the music to flow in a relaxed /effortless way while jamming... there are definitely areas that we should address.
The most important area being the ability that musicians eventually must develop to control and balance our artful and creative side with our musical experience at any given moment in time. Whether this is; time on stage, our time recording in a studio, or time spent composing. Once we can learn to control our field of thought, we can produce large amounts of work, we can enjoy the process, and we can feel good about sharing it with others.
Watch the VIDEO: A Philosophy for Effortless Guitar
All dedicated musicians eventually make it to a level at some point where we notice that even the slightest distraction can throw us off base. We might loose our train of thought. Or, we may simply begin to feel our rhythm alter. By training our mind to play music from a very clear perspective we can vastly improve our ability to perform much smoother lines - with a far greater sense of musical balance.
About the Author: Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years... teaching thousands of guitarists around the world; in studio sessions, over Skype lessons, and through his popular YouTube Channels and websites. Hundreds of FREE lessons are always available 24/7 at www.andrewwasson.com.