Lately I have been watching a lot of Justin’s videos that are more deep psychology based thoughts. Videos such as finding feeling in the music, dedicating time to listening to music only and not as a side distraction, having emotions and connecting to what you are playing. I wanted to share that lately I have been asking a journeyman guitarist a lot of questions lately related to this. Maybe I am a pest for a fan, but like learning from others’ experiences. That said, last week I saw Vic and mentioned about our recent trip to Hollywood and taking his advice of just playing in public, putting yourself out there, etc. He also suggested to play the wrong version of the chord on purpose for musical uniqueness, such as throw in an Em7 in place of E minor on purpose only in some parts of the song instead of doing it in error, then wait to see if the crowd notices.
A light bulb moment came on Friday when he challenged the crows to suggest any song they could think of regardless of music type and he would play it. He played everything from the Eagles, to Lifehouse to Aerosmith to Brooks and Dunn then killed the La Bamba riff. I still need to learn from Justin’s lesson-lol. The point was regardless of which venue of music, he played in his own style or version and sounded great. Many of us try to match the exact artist, myself included. I get too wrapped up in the strumming pattern being exact and pitch and tone being exact same as original artist. The point is he played a rock song with a bluesy spin on it and sounded great. My point is in finding our own musicality take a song you know and make it your own, including your own style. He always asks how I am doing with Justin guitar every time I visit. Here is a sample of his music, though poor video quality on my part.
Looking forward to more deeper thought lessons from Justin. I think they are very helpful!