In the past week I’ve read two recent articles where two star guitarists – no less than Jimmy Page and Leo Kottke – both suggest that practice is a waste of time. This came as a bit of a surprise to me, as it might to many of us who’ve been practicing hard for ages to learn to play guitar. Have we been doing it all wrong?
Here’s what Leo had to say about guitar practice:
"Practice is what ruins people, it’s dangerous. If you want to develop as a musician, play what you like, and stick to it.” – Leo Kottke quoted in the Taunton Gazette
And here’s Jimmy’s answer to the question, “Do you practice the guitar?”:
“No, I couldn’t do that. It’s usually the acoustic guitar for a start and it’s usually in a tuning. I sort of change tunings around a bit and I’m searching for new chords and shapes and things. I don’t just sit down and play scales and things. I should have done but I never did. I can’t play a scale. You think I’m kidding but I’m not. I can’t.” – Guitar International
Practice or Play?
What do you think of these ideas? Can you play without practice? Are they really the same thing? Is guitar practice the root of all evil? Or are these guys just nuts?
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