Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shut up and play your guitar!

Frank Zappa once said "Shut up and play your guitar!".  Those words still have relevance today.  Personally I couldn't tell you how many times Ive seen people with high-end, top of the line equipment, that do not know how to play.  Ive had students with better gear than I have that couldn't play a D chord to save their life.  The truth of the matter is only way you are going to get any better as a musician is to practice.  Whats the point of having awesome equipment if you do not know how to play it?  Having high-end equipment will not make you play great. Your skills will not fall out of the sky.  You have to develop them.  here's a list of things that warrant the response "Shut up and play your guitar!":


1. If you know what type of capacitor is on your tone pot, then you need to shut up and play your guitar.

2. If you have four or more different types distortion pedals, and yet you dont play rock, then you need to shut up and play your guitar.

3.  If you have ever sprayed any type of string lubricant on your strings, then you need to shut up and play your guitar.

4.  If you have ever considered the BlahBlahBlah tuning system, then you need to shut up and play your guitar.

5.  If you have purchased a hand exerciser of some type or other, then you need to shut up and play your guitar.