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How important is learing to play "in the style of_____"?

Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:42 pm
by mbself
A topic on this page asked "how to play like Steve". A logical question for people who are members of this forum because they are Fans of Mr. Vai. The answers ran the gammut form good advice about playing like Steve to (equally good advice) find your own voice.

My question is a little different but in the same direction.

How important is it, in your early and intermediate development as a guitarist, to learn to play in the styles of various guitarists? Learning their songs inside and out? Of course, we all want as the final goal to find our own voice, but can that be done without learning to mimic at some point?

Re: How important is learing to play "in the style of_____"?

Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:53 pm
by Pape
I'd say it's very important. I came from the other side of the view, thinking there's no point in copying anyone, but you learn techniques, skills, how they play their songs. Why did they play that note type thinking and changed my mind.

Lets face it, would we have great guitarists today, if they didn't start wanting to copy Vai, or Van Halen, or Yngvie or any other guitarist? My daughter started guitar lessons this week, and she's already asking for a Jem! I don't even have one! I couldn't be happier! But she, like myself has been inspired by an artist, and it only helps stay inspired trying to play like someone else. Mimic away my friends, it will only help you until you do discover your own voice.