Technical Guitar Playing





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The Technical Guitarist

by Ilan Ashkenazi

One thing that I have always found to be an ongoing issue among guitarists is technique. Arguments about why technique is or is not important have always been raised. So many people are blamed for either not having enough technical ability, or using it too much, causing a lack of "feeling" in their playing.

When teaching, I have always treated the matter of technique just as serious as theory and anything else. I feel that, while there are so many wonderful players that are not very "technical" in there playing, there are plenty of others that are not able to express what they truly want on the guitar because of lack of technique. In short..I believe that nothing that a guitarist wants to play (whether in his/her head, or not) should be compromised because he/she does not have the technical ability to play it.

The Best of Chet Atkins - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com The Best of Chet Atkins A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Styles and Techniques of the Father of Country Guitar. Performed by Chet Atkins. Signature Licks (Authentic guitar transcriptions in notes and tab). Book & CD Package. With notes and tablature. Size 9x12 inches. 72 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (695752)
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There will always be wars between Blues players and Shredders etc...but when it comes down to it, an advanced technical player might be able to play blues and Paganini for instance...while a blues player (with out proper technique) will only be able to play the blues.

I agree to a large extent that one should not play fast in vain, just because he can...or to "show off" but I also feel that a lot of "technical" music has a lot of feeling as well.

In this improv you will notice that I have used a lot of different techniques, it is also very fast in most areas, and can easily be perceived as "too technical" by a lot of people. My only point is to listen rather to the key changes, modal changes, phrasing....the overall progression of the piece.

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The main point I would like to leave is that this piece came directly from my head to my fingers...it is totally improvised and was not planned out, and it would not have been possible if I had lacked the technical ability to play it.




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