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Students from all over the world practice every day to reach your level. What would you say to motivate them?
The world will reward the original player. I do believe that.
If I get more specific I would say that the music industry does also reward those people who sound unique. Who sort of come out of nowhere and surprise everybody.
And so that’s an important part of musical development, is to try to be original, as original as you can. I do realize though having been a working guitar player since I was 14 years old that in order to get buy in the beginning years, you have to actually be good in copying other people.
So it’s sort of a parallel life you live as a musician when you start out you are successfully based on how well you can imitate other successful players. But there will be that one moment where someone will look at you, they’ll put a light on you and they’ll say “Now show me what you’ve got” and so you got to be ready with something original so you might as well get used to working on that right from the beginning and all the other things are obvious: learn everything, get to know your notes, your chords, your scales, your harmony you got to be tight with your rhythm you got to practice everyday you got to work really hard and be dedicated.
What about you then, do you have any secret you want to share with your fans?
No, I don’t think there is a secret. I think some people say it takes ten thousand hours at least to get good at anything, and I can see where that might be true. I still practice every day. I’ve never been that kind of gifted player where I can ignore the instrument for two months and pick it up and play my best. I’m pretty much like everybody else, I have to work on it.
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