Monday, February 18, 2008

Why it is Important to Learn New Songs

I often emphasize the enjoyment derived from learning new songs by my favorite artists. However, this is not an endorsement that your guitar playing goals should simply be copying your favorites. Instead, this follows Isaac Newton's "If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants" approach to maximum guitar progress in minimum time.

Learning new songs keeps things interesting and provides a great toolbox of guitar licks, which are all beneficial. When you think about it though, the reason you have a technical interest in a given artist is that he, she, or they got your attention by paying their dues and building up a unique style over time.

What you're really doing by learning songs from these artists then is sampling the end product of years of refinement; just without the years. For example, Jimi Hendrix, saw further through people like Buddy Guy, whose style and showmanship he studied intently.

Think of it as learning faster by standing on the shoulders of giants. If it worked for Isaac Newton and Jimi Hendrix it should work for us aging rockers wanting to make up for lost time.

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