6-26-2019



question #7





"What is the most
important thing a
guitarist needs
to know?"



- Rick Tedder in Taos, New Mexico





You know, not too long ago I was asking myself this exact same question.


At the time I was a bit frustrated. I could play a guitar, but I didn't really feel like I was reaching my full potential. And since not all guitarists learn the same way or have the same goals, I felt like there just wasn't any kind of general consensus out there on the most efficient way to master a guitar.


So one day I set out to uncover the "secrets" to mastering the instrument. I eventually wrote a book on the topic called: The Guitarists' Secrets. In this book I came up with twelve guiding principles for establishing insight into learning to play a guitar quickly and efficiently. Recently, I added another principle making a grand total of thirteen "secrets," or what I think are the most important things a guitarist needs to know.



The Guitarists' Secrets

(1) THE WHOLE POINT IS TO MAKE MUSIC

(2) WE CAN ONLY PLAY WHAT WE KNOW

(3) TOO MUCH TENSION LIMITS POTENTIAL (AND CAN LEAD TO INJURY)

(4) THERE'S NOT AS MUCH TO LEARN AS ONE MIGHT THINK

(5) USUALLY, WHAT SEEMS LIKE A SHORTCUT—ISN'T

(6) THERE'S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO DO ANYTHING

(7) MEMORIZATION IS NECESSARY

(8) WE CAN ONLY FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME

(9) SOONER OR LATER, IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE EAR

(10) PRACTICING AND PLAYING ARE DIFFERENT

(11) THE NATURE OF THE GUITAR IS CHORDS

(12) PLAYING GUITAR IS AN ART NOT A SCIENCE

(13) PRACTICING THE SPACES BETWEEN THE NOTES

IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS PRACTICING THE NOTES