We don’t need another Hendrix.

HendrixI find it amusing when someone is hailed as the next Hendrix or Segovia. Why be the next when you can be the first. With success on guitar one can easily get lost in the idea that by possessing the same level of skill as Hendrix you will rise to the same level of success. Unfortunately this is a myth. As a child i would listen to Jimi Page (Led Zeppelin) and believe he was sent from the Heavens and no one could possibly come near him. Then i heard Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Van Halen, Joe Pass, Larry Carlton, Al Di Meola, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and so on. I came to realize that they were all unique and all amazing in their own way. I also realised that it was not just their skill (although important of course) that brought them attention but their unique style. We are all unique and all have the ability to become great guitar players but what makes a great player and a combination of many hours of practice, passion and a focus on creating their own style. You should of course recognize what your strengths are and run with them when forging out your style. It’s good to emulate great players but your goal should not be to clone them.

In summary it is best to learn the fundamentals and constantly develop them but get to know what is important to you and where your strengths lay and of course follow your musical passions. Most of all be the best you! We don’t need another Hendrix. We want something new and fresh.

 

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