Playing From the Heart

by David Wallimann

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  • There is nothing more rewarding than to have your fingers play exactly what you hear inside. That is what all musicians should strive for. Technique is great and fast licks are always exciting, but true fulfillment as a musician comes from being able to share with the audience what is inside of you.

    Don't get me wrong, this lesson is absolutely not saying that you shouldn't play fast. On the contrary, you should be able to play any technical difficulty with as much ease as possible because that will allow you to play whatever comes to you on the spot.

    But to do that, we need to build a strong connection between what you hear and what you play. Too often, guitar players are guided by their fingers. That is not what you should strive for. Your heart should direct your music, not your fingers. That is what true musicianship is about and this lesson should help you build a stronger connection between your heart and your fingers.

    The goal is to anticipate the note you play before you even play it. Take your time and develop your ear so that you know which sound will come out of your instrument.

    This lesson will be in the key of G Major. I gave you several positions underneath, but after a while you should be able to forget about the patterns to let your ear dictate where to go.

    Take your time and try this often.

    Have fun!

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