One of the joys of my musical journey is to discover something musically and see that it also applies to all of life.
(Really guitar and “life” are no different – since it’s our brains looking outward and seeing the contents of our own thought!)
I have been doing a lot of slow, deliberate practice on fingerstyle guitar pieces like “Thriller” and “Aqualeros do Brasil” and “Fly Me To The Moon” simply because I want the groove to be deeper and want the perfect sparkling and coordinated “mix” of melody, bass and accompaniment.
It never fails; once I put my mind on the role and job of my right hand thumb, I see that it has been pulled by the influence of the other right hand fingers, and is not as solid as I thought it was!
Once I slow my playing down (yes, my teachers were right about the benefits of slow practice) and the thumb becomes the most important part of my focus, the whole piece of music falls right into line; perfect groove, perfect balance, and comfortable to play.
It made me ponder…when we set the basics in our life straight, and keep them on track, the small details always work out. On the contrary – if we seek to fix details without attention to the basics being right, we’re not really fixing anything…we’re just “busy”.
As above, so below.
Don’t believe me, check it for yourself!