Guitarist do you have a story to tell
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What is really “underneath it all”? by Rob Metz
When we pick
up the guitar or any other instrument and begin to create the music that we will
ultimately be known for, what are we really thinking, feeling, expressing?
How many times
have we begun to write a song or riff with no clear idea of what we want to
express to our listener?
I believe that
music is an expression of emotions that we seek to share with others outside of
our particular experience. That can only be accomplished through our will to do
it. I hear, many times a song that takes for granted the fact that someone has
taken the time from their busy lives to pay attention to what has been created
for them. Only to be disappointed because the artist did not craft the song
appropriately. This is not to say that the artist is bad, just not attentive
enough to the finer details of expressing their emotion successfully.
When writing a
song the first question that should be answered is “What is this song about?”
What universal truth or lack thereof does it express? What makes this song
necessary? Why does it have to be written?
When we create a
sound, the vibration of that sound travels out into space and can never be
repeated at that same moment again. It is forever “what it is”. How much
conviction was put into that note? How much passion, anger or love was
communicated? Or was it just mindless twiddling?
When we write
music it is ultimately created for ourselves and other people to enjoy and
appreciate. How disappointing would it be to open a birthday present only to
find an empty box because the gift-giver did not take the time to fill the box
with a gift? This is exactly how a listener could feel if we do not become
masters of communication.
capable of expressing many emotions and messages through our art.
EVERYONE has a
story to tell.
A great idea to
help broaden your horizons would be to study a chord quality that you rarely
use. If you mostly play songs that use power chords, why not try a major seventh
chord? Or a dominant seventh chord. Maybe learn a finger-style Christmas carol.
Assign an emotional definition to the new chords that you learn for future
reference. By regularly logging new sounds you will gain the ability to express
more emotions and reach a wider audience.
Anger seems to be
one of the most expressed emotions in rock and roll. My opinion is that it is
the easiest to express. Try to express something deeper. How about mystery,
excitement or longing? A great exercise is to sit quietly for a few minutes and
imagine how you would feel in a particular situation and imitate the feelings
that you have by using notes or chords and record them. Try telling a story
without using a single word and ask your friend to explain the story to see if
they “get it”.
I think that
if this became a regular part of practice that the quality of the song would
improve and the experience would be deepened for writer and listener. I do
believe that we all have a story to tell and that with a little effort we can
all express the reality of what is really underneath it all”.
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