I have an ego problem, but it’s not what you
think. I don’t have any delusions of being the greatest or the
fastest or bluesiest. Instead, I aspire to the highest standard of
musical artistic expression I’m capable of. So with many years
of playing the instrument behind me, I get a little bummed
when I hear something on the guitar I can’t do. You might call
it “motivation”—I call it “ego.” It’s actually a psychologically
healthy state of mind, because what it does is kick me in the
ass. For example, if I hear a player using a new chord voicing
or a bizarre technique, or play an amazing lick, I invariably run
through the following sequence of thoughts:
“Wow! What was that?”
“Damn, that’s cool!”
“I should know how to do that!”
“I’m going into my practice room, shutting the door, and I
refuse to come out until I can do that perfectly.”
I remember first hearing Lenny Breau‘s cascading harmonics,
and instantly realizing that I needed to know that technique.
A month later, my thought process went something like this:
“How many years have I been playing? And I still can’t
My ego pinched me. So I locked myself in a room with a
Fender Telecaster and a Princeton Reverb, and I said, “I’m not
coming out until I have this wired.”
The more you know, the more you find you don’t know—
whether it’s sweep arpeggios, eight-finger tapping, Ted Greenestyle
chords that stretch over six frets, a Hendrix solo, or even the
chord changes to an Elton John song. Be humble enough to ask
questions, while inside, your ego always demands the next level.
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