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Improving Your Guitar Phrasing - Part 2 - A Lesson From Eddie (Van Halen)

One of the biggest problems some inexperienced players have is that they use their technical skill to cover up their poorly developed phrasing skills. In other words, they play fast constantly to try to mask the fact that they lack the necessary skills to truly communicate and express themselves. This is a shame, but it is correctable.

Okay, so hopefully you’ve decided that you do not want to be a guitarist who talks “at” his audience with very little to say. Let’s try this breathing exercise together. The point of this is to demonstrate that there is an inherent natural flow to effective communication. There must be words, notes, and substance, but there also must be space and rest.