It's not that it works for me, it's just that he is true to himself and not trying to be Albert King. When I was a kid, I thought I could play blues in a more interesting (to me at 12 y/o) way than all those old guys. OK, I was a dopey kid--like Yngwie.Aren't we all, ultimately, despite any attempts to be somebody else? I'm just saying that "being himself" whilst playing blues just doesn't do it for me; it works for you, and that's cool, too.
Practice uncovers what's already there. Just like digging a hole to find something. You may have to dig more than the next guy, and the difference between the effort and what you uncover may not be to your liking. That explains child prodigies. The treasure was close to the surface.That's how it is, some are born talented and if they put in the work they reach levels us mere mortals can't even touch.
That said, the video you linked to wasn't that good, penta wanking with some minor runs thrown in for good measure. And nowhere near as good as the small outro solo Slash does on the original IMO.
Set the bar higher. And work towards it in small steps.
Improvising like that guy does isn't hard at all really , it's all in the same key and just work on your licks and connect them, spend hours just noodling over songs, making up small melodies as you go. Make all the mistakes possible and make friends with your fretboard...
That's a nice angle.Practice uncovers what's already there. Just like digging a hole to find something. You may have to dig more than the next guy, and the difference between the effort and what you uncover may not be to your liking. That explains child prodigies. The treasure was close to the surface.
Amateur Youtube videos show some reality.That's a nice angle.
It fits with my belief that the "treasure" is there in all of us, at birth. Maybe slightly more in some than others, but not vastly different.
The sooner you dig, the easier it is to get it out. The longer you leave it, the more it gets buried by other stuff (whatever is more important for day to day living). It also starts to fade and tarnish a little, to degrade through disuse...
The differences between older people who start digging at the same age would be down to how good they are at digging... whether they get tired or bored before they hit paydirt. As well as, maybe, how much of that inborn treasure is still pure gold by the time they hit it.
Sometimes it just doesn't look like much, compared with how those who started younger have invested their treasure, earning interest on it all those years.
Use it, or lose it, basically.
Well, they show a moment in time... a stage in a continuing process.Amateur Youtube videos show some reality.
I might agree, but we don't usually know how long any of them have been playing.Some are alright and some are very good in a paint by numbers sort of way, but most are awful even if they have been playing for years and years, of course that's just my subjective opinion.
Sure. Kids especially enjoy all kinds of noises that adults will find painful!The players themselves might enjoy what they do, but to others (possible audience) it might be a different story.
Right! That's a hard thing to spot in a kid, and quite rare. And then it depends on how we define "musical personality".I'm not talking about technique so much but more about musical personality.
The funny thing there is that Django himself wasn't a "new" anything; he was just himself. Any "new Django" now is automatically inferior to Django by being comparable to him, by having adopted his stylings enough to be seen as a disciple or follower.If I see a new Django (not talking about Django's style or technique btw but more about musical personality) on Youtube I'll let the gear page know about it.
Ha! Well that's a whole other issue!I have seen a Classical player that was very good and maybe excellent on Youtube and I found out later that they were already well known in the Classical world, go figure.
Yeah, that's what I meant, someone who seemed unique and couldn't be compared to anyone else much at all, but that's all pretty indefinable and you just know it when you hear it.The funny thing there is that Django himself wasn't a "new" anything; he was just himself. Any "new Django" now is automatically inferior to Django by being comparable to him, by having adopted his stylings enough to be seen as a disciple or follower.
A true "new Django" would probably sound nothing like Django. Even if he played similar music, his style, technique and approach would be so unique you wouldn't think of comparing him to a past player.
I'm ok in saying this kid is a prodigy. To me this is common sense. Very rare, absolutely. I bet 99.99% of my favorite musicians weren't "prodigies". Anyhow, this is very different than the little girl shredder videos.