“A good place to start,” says Akoni, “is to make sure you have in
place what the great studio guitarist Michael Thompson calls ‘The Six
Ts’—tone, touch, taste, time, technique, and ’tude. Tone includes good
gear choices coupled with an ability to dial in a good sound or replicate
the tones on a recording. Touch is how well we manipulate guitars
using dynamics and ‘bone tone,’ which can include everything from
being able to finesse a nylon-string part to knowing how to dig into a
Telecaster. Taste is knowing what to play, and when and where to play
it. Time is your ability to make a band sound good by playing with a
metronomically even feel, as well as knowing when to play ‘behind’ or
‘in front of’ the beat—skills that will inspire bassists and drummers to
recommend you for gigs. Technique is not simply speed, but the ability
to play a part articulately, and with the perfect expression. Always
make sure that you are able to play a part perfectly before bumping up
the tempo, as speed is a byproduct of confidence, not just rote memorization.
Lastly, ’tude refers to the emphasis and accents that we put
into the music. Some parts need a more aggressive approach while others
require a more subtle and sensitive interpretation.
“Speaking of attitude, it’s also important to stress the value of
being a genuine and positive person. Remember that when it comes
to auditioning for a touring gig, you’re not just being assessed for
chops, but also for whether you’re someone the rest of the band wants
to live with for the next year. So always be that person that puts in
extra effort. People know that I’d rather be two hours early than ten
minutes late. As the great musical director Rickey Minor likes to tell
me, ‘There’s no traffic on the extra mile.’”
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