By: John Stockwell
Technical ability aside, the difference between a good guitarist
and a great guitarist is often the "feel" that they apply to
their music through their playing.
Adding "feel" to your guitar playing is easy to learn and will
make a huge difference to the way your playing will sound to
"I don't like to go into the studio with all the songs worked
out and planned before hand.. You've got to give the band
something to use its imagination on as well. That can make a
very ordinary song come alive into something totally
different... the X Factor - so important in Rock And Roll -
which is the feel" - Keith Richards. When you're learning or
writing a new song the most important thing is the feel.
The beat, the pulse.. Call it what you like. Its stirs the
It's that magic spark that makes a good song stand out from the
When you buy a new cd/album/record it's the one song that grabs
you by the balls.
You can feel the passion and enthusiasm that the musicians put
So how do you get 'the feel'?
You just close your eyes and connect with your true feelings -
hence the term 'the feel'. You are transferring your feelings -
your passion to the fret board.
But first you have to feel it inside your head, heart and soul.
Try listening to your favorite music with your eyes closed and
no distractions. Take notice of the way it effects you.
What do you feel? Is it joy? sadness? anger? frustration? love?
The feeling will sweep over your whole body. Take notice of this
feeling. Stop the music and try and reproduce this feeling.
Once you can reproduce the feeling grab your guitar and play.
Don't play a song you already know, just play some chords and
see what happens. Don't think just feel and play. Visualize
where you want to be - then start taking a small step in the
direction of your desire. Start with simple, easy to attain
visualizations. No need to make them gigantic. Build confidence
as you move along the path.
And as your confidence grows, so will momentum.
Pretty soon you're literally steam-rolling over obstacles that
once seemed huge.
About the author:
John Stockwell is a guitar player and the author of the
acclaimed "Mind Over Music for Guitar"
http://www.learn-to-play-guitar.net/mindovermusic/, a unique
approach to learning to play the guitar by ear for beginners to