Friday, 20 January 2012

Baby Break It Down

I've just finished the Keith Richards autobiography.  I've always held Keef in high regard, and the book just elevates him further.

Nothing to do with his personal life - that's a whole other thing.  But the man is a student and music lover, and a real professional who provides some great insights.

One thing that really jumped out was his belief that guitarists should master their craft on the acoustic guitar before they tackle the electric.  He is bang on.

There is nowhere to hide on the acoustic.  You can't disguise things with distortion, volume or effects pedals.  You can't rely on power chords to carry the day.  You'd better hit every note and make every note count.  You need to use the spaces in between the notes too.

Nowhere to hide.  Right on, Keef.

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