7-26-2019



question #9





"What do I need to do
to become the best
guitarist in the world?"

-Geoffrey Grossnickle
in Chicago, Illinois





A lot of people get hung up on being "the best." I can admit that there was a point in my life when I felt this way too. There is something hypnotically seductive about it.


The truth, however, is there is no such thing as "the best" guitarist (or "the best" anything for that matter). Such a title is ambiguous. "The best" fluctuates with perspective and time.


My point is this: Being a great guitarist has nothing to do with being "the best" guitarist.


So who is a great guitarist? Everyone must decide this for themselves.


Being a great guitarist has nothing to do with knowing 5 chords or 5,000 chords. The idea of uncovering and offering something greater than ourselves is the essence of all creativity. If we can say what we want to say with two slow notes, we're great. If we can say what we want to say with 20,000 fast notes, we're great. "The best" music starts with "the best" intentions, like a child's art work which is honest and pure.





"Playing a guitar well isn't
about simplicity or complexity,
it's about sincerity."

— Todd Corcoran, eclectic guitarist