I am frequently asked by fellow guitarists, fans at shows, students, peers and the randomly occurring but feverishly passionate “Dude, I saw a Youtube video with you in it. You looked like the guy from The Big Bang Theory and that shit was savage!” guy at a party if I have 15-20 second soundbites of that “thing” that can help them be better players, or if not that, then if I have stumbled upon some anciently kept secrets of becoming a better guitarist (read: a faster guitarist) and what they can do to have this knowledge as well.
What is this? Fucking Lord of the Rings, us trotting up to the gates of Moria (like that mega nerd reference?) to knock out some secret passwords which’ll open the doors of destiny, as Joe Pass, Randy Rhodes, Hendrix, Dimebag Darrell, SRV and Chet Atkins all walk out, bathed in light, with four 30-packs of PBR (That’s enough right? I mean, we’re basically talking about 7 people, so 17 beers a person should do it, right?), a portable Weber, some farm raised bison patties and all the secrets of the guitar world to bestow upon you?
While there are absolutely, without doubt and unquestionably no secrets to anything, let alone something as tactile as playing the guitar (I mean, do you think there are “secrets” to table making? Nope. You make a fucking table. If it’s good, it’s a table. If it’s not, it’s a floatation device during a flash flood.) there are, however some things you can do to improve your playing which I routinely focus on and which I have noticed throughout the years that many guitarists, regardless of ability, do not focus on.