MUSICAL LANGUAGE

 

Imagine yourself assisting a car mechanic.

He asks you to pass over that “long shiny metal thing” in order to turn another “piece of metal with 6 sides on it and a hole through the center”.

After a bit of confusion, you realize that the mechanic is asking for a “wrench” to tighten a “nut”.

Or may be you over hear your surgeon ask the nurse for “a shiny thing that looks sorta like a knife”.

Well, after the horror of realizing you actually heard that during your surgery (that’s not good is it?) you know that the surgeon was asking for a “scalpel”.

The fact is that in any pursuit, there exists a language that has evolved in order to communicate effectively with others within that pursuit.

Often, to not know that language of your craft would be considered an indication of “incompetency”- at least as far as communication goes.

You can be technically quite good at something and still not know the language of it…but I wouldn’t personally recommend that.

Simply as a matter of GUITAR CRAFT, I consider it important to not only be technically proficient but to also have a solid foundation of the language of that craft…many guitarists ignore the language in favor of the more sexy technical training.

The bottom line is, why say something using a wordy sentence …”can you pass me that long shiny metal thing  that turns this 6-sided piece of metal really tight!”, when all you needed to say was “can you pass me that wrench!”.

Or, “just put all your fingers like this” when you could say  “play a Dmin7b5!

The language we use in music, and in our case guitar, is designed to make communication & learning more efficient.

Why wouldn’t you want to do this?

So, let’s get to know our Musical Language.