Simplicity is powerful. When you find it, you go further. When you don’t, you get frustrated, bogged down by complexity, and less effective when learning guitar.
Nowhere is this truer than in the areas of music creation, Simplicity plays a vital role in making a song memorable. When people listen to your song and anticipate the memorable notes, it becomes powerful. Just think about the GoT theme song.
It’s May 2019 and the Game of Throne Theme is being played all over the world. Search YouTube and you’ll see it played on dueling electric guitar. There are chill versions on classical guitar, ukulele, and medlies with violin and cello. The song is fantastic. At its core, it’s a few, simple notes. But those notes are so memorable. The theme is played over the introduction where the viewer is flown through the 7 kingdoms. There are visual twists and turns. The song matches these turns with key changes, changes in timing and extended notes that ease the song’s tension. But you’re always brought back to those few, simple notes. You anticipate them and hum them with pleasure.
A great song only has a few notes that make it memorable. Remember this if you get overwhelmed with everything there is to learn on guitar. When you get impatient because you want to progress faster, remember to focus on fewer things and get really good at those things. This fuels better playing because you gain mastery and something interesting happens in your mind. Instead of asking, “What do I practice today?” your mind will ask, “What do I get to practice today?” It’s subtle but it could be the difference between you becoming a good guitar player and a great guitar player.
Seeking simplicity is a powerful way to discipline the mind. A disciplined mind can lead you to powerful and memorable music.
Simply, get heard, go further.
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