Saturday, December 09, 2006

Cry me a fucking river...

If there is one thing that beginners do better than intermediates or pros it's to complain/bitch/whine about their guitar/amplifier/cables/
pick/fingers. Man, if I had received 10$ each time I've heard my pupils whine about their gear, I could probably buy a new guitar by now.
The thing is, most of the items above can be bought. The only one you can't change is your fingers. Sure, Steve Vai's got the perfect hands to play the guitar - or any other instrument, actually - but guitar is like fencing : it's not the sword that cuts, it's the skills.

All of you crybabies out there should check this out :


I know, his music sucks big time and he dresses like shit (reversed cap + curly hairs ? Come on !), but at least he can play the guitar decently. And you know why ? Because the guy probably thought it would be a good idea to turn whining time into practice time.

Now for all of you miserable morons who still think you will never be able to play amazing stuff because you've got small fingers and it's such a hindrance to play fast/swept arpeggios/wild stretches and such, please look at this guy :

His name is Frank Gambale and, as you can see, his fingers look nothing short of yummy cocktail sausages. With hair.

Now here is the same guy, many years later, performing "The Flight Of The Hairy Sausages" just for your viewing pleasure :


Frank Gambale actually released a guitar video called "Chopbuilder" which is a great testimony of how much the 80's totally sucked fashion-wise, but is also one of the best guitar instructional video ever released. If you're serious about your guitar playing you should definitely buy the DVD from Frank's site.

If you think you sound shitty because of your gear, there is a high probability that you would actually sound shitty on any piece of gear. It's your fingers that make the sound, not the gear you're playing with.

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