To WIN At Guitar, Embrace FAILING [See Me Playing This Wrong]

To WIN At Guitar, Embrace FAILING [See Me Playing This Wrong]

Tommaso Zillio

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One of my pet peeves regarding the online guitar community: everybody is wayyy to perfect to be real.

You know what I mean: guitarists shoot 100 takes of a one-minute piece and they show you the only good one. You never see all the ‘bad’ ones.

And mind you - I’m not saying that there are not great players out there.

I’m just saying that we are missing a big part of the picture here. That is: all the trial, the error, the false starts, the setbacks, the twists and turns.

We are presented only with the final product. Which can be great - but we are also left with the impression that this product was effortless and immediate.

And of course, I understand that most musicians are in the business of “looking good” to their audience. It’s show business.

But I am in a different business. For better or worse, my mission is to help guitarists getting better.

As such, it’s my job to occasionally show you the ‘dark side’ of music.

So in this video you are going to see me struggling with a lick idea, and you’ll see what works and what does not, and how many twists and turns we take.

(I’d like to say that this video is “unedited” - no, it’s been heavily edited to take out most of my chatting and ranting. Come and see the undiluted struggle)

P.S. For extra entertainment, grab your guitar and follow along. Let’s struggle together!

P.P.S. The video also features a few ideas by science superstar and Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman. Because why not? :-)

Do you want another embarrassingly simple idea that can create some of the most complex and hellish-to-play guitar licks? Here it is:

And if you are not searching to make a guitar licks hard… rather you are trying to make a guitar lick EXPRESSIVE, then have a look at this trick instead:

Do you know ALL your scales and modes in all position and can play them without thinking? If the answer is not an immediate YES, then check out the Master of the Modes guitar course


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