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Saturday, August 19, 2006

How To Play Guitar

If you really want to learn how to play guitar, bear in mind that it is not just about technique - you are becoming a musician, an artist. To learn how to play guitar well you must listen with your heart, not just your ears.

Consider these thoughts: "Music is dual in its nature; it is material as well as spiritual. Its material side we appreciate through the sense of hearing, and comprehend through the intellect; its spiritual side reaches us through the imagination and the emotional part of us. If the scope and capacity of the art are to be understood, it is essential that this duality be kept in view. There is something so potent and elemental in the appeal which music makes that it is possible to derive pleasure from even an unwilling hearing; but real appreciation of its beauty, which means recognition of the qualities which put it in the realm of art, is conditioned upon intelligent hearing. The higher the intelligence, the keener will be the enjoyment, if the former be directed to the spiritual side as well as the material."

- Edward Krebhiel 1897

In other words, if you are seriously going to learn how to play guitar, play from your heart. That way you reach the hearts of your listeners - your audience too. What would be the point of learning to play the guitar or any musical talent if you were simply going to play in a soundproof room to yourself? Learn to play guitar not just with your fingers, not only by ear, but from your very soul and you will have great success as a musician!

How to play guitar.
(c) Trevor Emdon 2006