Duplicity is everywhere!
Think about it! You see it everywhere online. Videos on YouTube can be duplicated and added to a channel robbing the creators. Products on Amazon can be easily copied. manufactured and sold cheaper than the original–search for almost anything on Amazon and look at the ads below. Even sharing on social media what we eat, drink, or where we go on vacation is a form of duplication. Everybody does this, including me. When you apply duplication to online guitar lessons, you’ll see why it’s a problem.
For example, there are literally thousands of videos on YouTube that will teach you the D Phrygian scale. There are over 300,00 results on Google when you search for D Phrygian scale. Don’t get me wrong, the D Phrygian is not the problem, it can lead to some interesting places.
My beef is with learning the same scales, in the same way, and getting the same results.
You’ll never get you heard
So what do you do? For me, I decided long ago that I wouldn’t use a guitar pick. Honestly, I wasn’t great with a pick when I first started playing and it felt more natural using my fingers.
The problem is if you learn what everyone else is learning, then you’ll sound alike. You’ll get rewarded for conformity by a few people, and never get heard.
Critics will say that to break the rules, you must know the rules. But there’s no rule saying you have to use a pick. It looks cool and it can sound awesome. Many of my guitar heroes use a pick, but NONE will say, “Do what I do.” They will encourage creativity, style and being unique.
Set yourself apart
The solution to duplicity–set yourself apart. You don’t have to go to extremes and run off to live in a cave or create a new language. Take these small actions to set you on the right track:
- Decide to learn something new
- If it’s online guitar lessons, throw away your pick (at least temporarily)
- Check out how I play guitar without a pick
- If you like it, subscribe to my YouTube channel for free lessons, my latest vlogs, and more
The complete solution is to learn new skills, and for guitar, it’s to learn this skill in a new way. Then stack that new skill with your existing skills. This will make it harder for you to be duplicated by tech and by others. Give yourself a fighting chance now and in the future. Now go learn something new before everything is duplicated!