• The Imaginative Guitarist

Variety, Spice, Balance

The musical kitchen is a beautiful thing.

Modes, melody, harmony ... gear, genres, friends.

Agreements, arguments and the amazingness of this vital element of life that we call "music".

I read a beautiful-hilarious article tonight - "The Least Glamorous Surfboard In The World - Review" [link] and this quote really made me think about guitarists and guitars ...

"Surfers love surfboards because they trigger emotions."

Anyway the thing is there is such a thing as "emotional intelligence", and it's actually really important for musicians, perhaps guitarists and lead vocalists in particular, to support the progression of this aspect.

To balance.

Guitarists know what it is like to get lost in the moment for a minute or more during a solo. It's pretty magical, and then it isn't.

Up and down again.

Give your all and find the magical musical treasure...

or in fact be gifted it momentarily.

So, how to balance this? Healthy oils and fermented food ingredients are good. Also good is to touch and work with a variety of substances and textures with the hands during the day or evening.

After I did a 3 year Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music, I moved to Sydney for a year and was just as keen as when I started the degree, and that was very.

Play or practice up to seven hours a day, although the average was most likely three. Did I play until my fingers bled? Yeah, a few times.

So to balance this kind of activity, simple-yet-valuable and effective food preparation talent is very useful to cultivate for a guitarist.

Even if they think they don't have that as a "natural" talent, it's easy to simply just persevere.

Think about it a little bit, and then get the benefits of variation:

  1. refreshened perspective.

  2. emotional intelligence that develops as a side benefit.

Why does this happen? I don't know, a sense of practical capability, perhaps? That is more relatable than just saying "a sense of empowerment".

Brian May from Queen made the guitar he plays. It's pretty cool, although that isn't why Queen is so popular with so many amazing songs.

If a guitarist likes the idea of introducing their hands and fingers to new textures every day or even just a few days each week, to give some relief to the ongoing regime of practice for musical improvement, then preparing their own cool recipes for sustenance and celebration is an eminently recommendable option.

And the process is cool. Even just making some customised croutons using slow-cooking techniques, then letting them cool and storing them in Tupperware in the fridge is like writing a song then recording aforementioned song, even if it is just a sketch.

I will post my own recipe for custom croutons in a while, along with another pretty simple culinary idea, "Serendipity Special Sauce". "Condiments to the chef", I say! Possibly the most hilarious thing I have ever said.

Well, it's obviously the end of the article although before I go, here's a link to a customised simple-yet-complexly-nuanced recipe tutorial for Peach Vanilla Butter [link].

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