It’s healthy to think with more than one in mind. You’re not the only one living here ya know, so maybe taking someone else’s perspective into mind every now and again can’t hurt.
What do other people think of me?
They probably didn’t think that was funny…
Oh God, they’re all looking at me.
No one wants some jackass guitar hero making noise at a party when all anyone wants to do is blast music. And trust me, one person playing live guitar is not music. PERSPECTIVE. The Dude abides. The whole thing kind of goes hand in hand with self-awareness, really. Before you should worry about being aware of what other people are doing, make sure you can do the same for yourself.
“Chiggity-Check Thineself. Lest Ye Wreck Thineself.”
As a player, think of your audience. They’re the ones listening to you.
As an audience, think of the player. They’re the ones wondering helplessly what exactly it is you’re thinking.
The subject for my biography assignment was, you guessed it, my uncle Rich. Rich lives on an acreage near the Iowa Missouri border with his two horses and his dog. In the summertime he grows veggies and last year had some cows. He loved those things. He pumps and heats his own water, and always has work to be done if he wants to stay warm. Wood stoves aren't always a cakewalk.
If you read my paper, hopefully you’d find the guy somewhat interesting. That’s got eight pages of descriptions I’m cutting short in this post. If you ever met him in person, undoubtedly you would be somewhat intrigued. Don’t believe me? Here’s a picture of Rich showing off some of the tricks he’s taught his animals.
Also as a bonus, hats.
My uncle had never been interviewed before, so when I called him I did my best to keep it casual. I got more information than I ever thought I would out of only about an hour. I only wish I could have conducted it in person. Maybe then I could provide a better, more current and detailed description of the man himself. Until then, I hope this glorious picture is enough.
UPDATE: The profile is complete. God I love this ole coot!
Injustice is something that denotes an unpleasant reaction for most of us. No one wants to see unjust action fall upon one another. Well, maybe they do. It’s not always intentional. Regarding guitars: if you’re going to use someone else’s work, can you do it justice?
For every catchy song playable on guitar, there are a handful of covers submitted by players all over the world. On the world stage that is the internet, there aren’t exactly cover police to upvote or downvote the millions of rehatched songs submitted to youtube every day. Average Joes aren’t the only ones attempting to do original songs justice, though.
Did Smash Mouth do justice to The Monkeys’ song “I’m a Believer”? If you ask me, sure. But who gives a damn about Smash Mouth?
Did Vanilla Ice do justice to Queen’s “Under Pressure”? NOPE. And that’s why a lawsuit was brought upon him.
There are plenty of “rip-off“s in the music biz. This is an example of when artists bring injustice to the table; and it’s not just guitarists.
Covering a song can be fun. When you reach the point where you can recreate something you’ve heard many times, it’s hard not to have a smile to wipe from your face. Personally, I don’t feel right playing the exact same song in response. I’ll usually change a few words, or at least accompany a chorus’ reprieve so I can unnecessarily jam all over. Sometimes, covering a song is just playing it on a different medium. A decent example I can provide is the rock n’ roll version I recorded of a Bassnectar song, Encore. Being a guitar player that listens to a lot of strictly electronic music, the bridge just had to be gapped.